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No cut-off point for BECE candidates – Adutwum assures

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No cut-off point for BECE candidates – Adutwum assures

The Deputy Education Minister, Osei Yaw Adutwum has announced there will be no cut-off point for candidates sitting this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

Dr Adutwum who is in charge of Basic and Secondary Education made the revelation after some candidates in Chereponi expressed concern the conflict there would impact their performance as they have lost many contact hours.

In an interview with Joy News’ Gifty Andoh Appiah who was in Chereponi, the candidates pleaded with the feuding factions to bring the conflict to an end so they could prepare for their final exams.

However, speaking on the Pulse on Joy New, the deputy minister said no student will be denied senior high school education because they could not make a certain grade as was previously the case.

“I saw in your interview at Chereponi where students were complaining that because now we have a cut-off point of 25 they are not prepared and I saw the girls break down as you spoke with them. I just want them to know that there is no cut-off point of 25. So inasmuch as we want them to do well, they should not give up that it is 25 and therefore they cannot go,” he told Gifty Andoh Appiah.

The BECE is the main exam for junior high school education in Ghana and can even pave the way for a student to attend technical institutes.

In the past, grades from this exam determined whether or not a student progressed to senior high school and which particular school. Those who failed to make the cut off point – which used to be aggregate 30 but was reduced to 25 – could not go to senior high schools of their choice or go to school at all.

For the students of the Chereponi E.P Junior High School, the thought of not being able to make the cut-off point was a great source of worry as the conflict led to the fleeing of their teachers from the town and the closure of their school.

But these students will no longer have to worry about a cut off point.

They are, however, required to pass their English and Mathematics papers if they want to gain admission into senior high school.

Dr Adutwum said that will be the only requirement they must meet because there is no cut-off point, “it is only when you fail in both English and maths that you have to go and resit and come back.”

This decision affects not only the Chereponi students but all candidates sitting the BECE exams.

Sadly, though, the candidates from Chereponi will not receive any special treatment when it comes to marking due to the contact hours lost.

“However, the dispensation for students who went to public schools is the fact that we have reserved 30% of spaces in our top performing schools for students who happen to go to public schools.

“And, therefore, they can go to top tier schools at lower grades with lower grades than those who went to private schools and I hope that the Chereponi students will get the opportunity in such areas,” the Deputy Minister said.

Traditionally, only candidates with stellar grades (most of coming from private junior high schools) gained admission into the country’s top senior high schools.

With the current arrangement, however, candidates from deprived junior high schools (largely public schools) who may not obtain such high grades will get the opportunity to attend reputable, top-performing and high-grade senior high schools.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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One suspect arrested over Tsopoli killings

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One person has been apprehended in connection with the killing and burning of a family of three at Zutsukpo, a suburb of Tsopoli in the Ningo-Prampram District of Accra.

The suspect, Ali Kofi Sowunu, 60-year-old believed to be the nephew of the deceased, is cooling off in the cells of the Prampram police.

Confirming the arrest to DGN online, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammed Issah Cantona, Prampram District Police Commander said the suspect allegedly threatened the deceased prior to his death over a yet to be establish misunderstanding that ensued between them.

According to him, the police received a report about the threat and cautioned the suspect.

“Two Sundays ago, Mother of the deceased lodged a complaint against the suspect for threatening her son. He was said to have threatened the deceased that, he’ll stop him from farming in the area and ensure he vacates the village.”

The Commander said the suspect has been picked up to assist with investigation and safety.

“Some relatives of the deceased are threatening to revenge so we quickly pick this suspect for safety because we had information that some members of the deceased family are planning to revenge,” according to DSP Cantona.

He indicated that the suspect has, however, denied his involvement in heinous crime.

Last Thursday night, a family of three were shot, set ablaze and burnt beyond recognition by unknown assistants at Zutsukpo.

They were said to have gone to fetch water at Tsopoli and were returning home when the incident occurred.

The deceased persons, Joshua Kwaw Koranteng Oman, Gladys Sophia Delali Tetteh and their son, Ackuaku Oman were shot and killed by the assailants who laid ambushed in the bush near their house.

The assailants after the killing, packed the three deceased persons at the front seat of the Nissan picked-up with registration number GW 8970 V, which they were travelling with and set them ablaze that night at about 6:30 pm.

DSP Cantona said the suspect will be arraign before court after investigation.

Source: dailyguidenetwork.com

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Rawlings leads Ghana delegation to Mugabe’s funeral

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Rawlings leads Ghana delegation to Mugabe’s funeral

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has dispatched a government delegation led by former President Jerry Rawlings to represent Ghana at the funeral of the late Robert Mugabe.

The funeral of the former Zimbabwean president will be held on Saturday, 14th September 2019, in Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe.

The delegation led by the 1st President of the 4th Republic, Jerry John Rawlings includes; the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Charles Owiredu; a nephew of the late Sally Mugabe, Mr. Queesy Ninsin-Imbeah; and officials of the Foreign Ministry.

Robert Mugabe whose first wife was the late Sally Mugabe, neè Hayfron, a Ghanaian, died after battling ill health in a Singapore hospital.

Mugabe died at the age of 95 on September 6, 2019.

Mr Mugabe was ousted from power in a military coup in November 2017, ending his three-decade reign.

Zimbabwe’s education secretary Fadzayi Mahere tweeted: “Rest In Peace, Robert Mugabe.”

He was born on 21 February 1924, in what was then Rhodesia.

He was imprisoned for more than a decade without trial after criticising the government of Rhodesia in 1964.

In 1973, while still in prison, he was chosen as president of the Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu), of which he was a founding member.

Source: starrfm.com.gh

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PDS deal: MiDA shifting blame to Bawumia – ACEP suspects ‘mischief’

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Transaction advisors in a concession agreement with energy company, Power Distribution Services (PDS) have been accused of shifting blame after controversy gutted the agreement.

In the controversy, Power Distribution Services (PDS) have been found to lack the financial capacity to provide $12.5m in guarantees when they took over ECG management in March 2019.

PDS has been suspended. But the agreement to provide demand guarantees has been now downgraded to insurance guarantees.

Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) who are the transaction advisors commissioned an investigation into the PDS deal.

In its report, it mentions a meeting in the Office of the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia attended by top government officials including Finance and Energy ministers and the Chief of Staff.

It was at this meeting that the decision was taken to convert payment guarantees to insurance guarantees.

ACEP Executive Director Ben Boakye wants to know the position of the transaction advisors on that decision.

“They cannot sit aloof and say that we didn’t do anything,” he said on JoyNews late evening program, PM Express.

Ben Boakye noted that several sources have pointed to pressure from MIDA and IFC to push through the PDS agreement.

But in the report, the energy expert said he observed that there was “a very crafty attempt to exonerate the transaction advisors and start pointing fingers at some people.”

The ACEP Executive Director said his checks show MiDA no longer publishes minutes of Board meeting since the controversy began.

Before that, the transaction advisor regularly did so, he said. “We want to see what advice they gave to the government”, he pushed for the publication of the minutes.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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