Education must lead to preparedness to put to use what one has learnt.It appears that most of the job seekers are those who are not equipped with the skills. There is a gap between the labour force and the demands. Companies if they have to take them in would have to incur cost in trying to train the applicants to take up the job.
The government should make the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) a choice, not an imperative. It must be noted that going the TVET way is a proposed solution to unemployment, and not our problem necessarily. It must be noted that it is the way the government wants to chart a new path for the nation because this path has been before: we more or less inadvertently followed reading and writing learning approach from the West some decades ago. Hence our problem is critical thinking! I believe if the government wants a boosted economy that is providing jobs, it should financially and logistically support start-ups that are in search of external support, because it is skills that boost the business environment, nothing more. The government must look towards improving the business environment for the people in entrepreneurship.
TVET And Ministry of Education Initiative
According to the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, “The Presidency is poised to learn from countries we hold in high esteem in terms of TVET. Germany, South Korea, India and Singapore are among a few. The Ministry along with the President realised the German model stands tall among them. The government therefore looks forward to structure and model our TVET adventure along the model of the Germans to excellently transform our economy while adapting it to our circumstances.” For example in Germany, You learn the job(apprenticeship) for 3 years.There is a dual (practical and theory) system of training.
The government is going to provide resources and funding for technical schools since it costly running technical schools. It takes government support as well as industry/private sector support to run it efficiently.TVET has to be the backbone of industrialisation – developing sector-skill. A leader in the TVET space when it comes to Ghana is Don Bosco Vocational Training School (Sunyani). They have training centres for carpentary, building and construction, agriculture.
The Ministry’s Agenda
The Ministry of Education intends to reorient people of the notion that TVET is inferior and only taken up by less endowed students. TVET is mostly considered as a space for poor people and therefore the rich person really will not enrol in a vocational institution. The Ministry will make TVET the first and not the last in the next 5 years.The Ministry is poised to prioritize TVET education across the educational spectrum.
Ghana Beyond Aid relies partly on education by ensuring no child is left behind in the access of education, when it comes to the Education sector, there by the initiation of the Free SHS Policy.Free secondary education creates access for the left out 30% year on year.
Signing of the UK-Ghana Education Partnership
The UK government recently signed a parnership for funding education for deprived students. There are a few projects that have been rolled out by the UK government: UK Connecting classrooms project,1% Budget allocation for complementary education,£4.95 million DFID funding to drive funding the teaching and learning, £ 9.6 million Girls education challenge programme and Connecting classrooms programme.
There is a Ghana Education Strategic Plan which pertains to curricular reform and teacher reform concerning Reading, writing, Arithmetics which is being handled by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment(NCCA). This will see the introduction of STEM.There will be a change in the syllabus at primary and secondary level learning to meet workplace demand.
According to Alan Rutt, Director, British Council Ghana UK’s partnership with Ghana in the Education sector through the British High Commission and Ministry of Education projects and programmes are purposed to achieve inclusivity, improve pedagogy, Foster collaboration, embrace the marginalized all aimed at strengthening the education system in Ghana.
Proponents like, Philip Smith, Country Director,DFID attest to the fact that, the UK has invested £400m over the last twenty years on every level of Ghana Education system in primary and secondary education in their contribution to promote quality learning in Ghana.
There are assorted ways the UK government supports the country in terms of education which include; T-TEL training over 50,000 leaders for the basic level in 75 most deprived districts in Ghana. Scholarships.248,000 children enjoy support in education of literacy and numeracy, meeting SDG Goal 4. On the tertiary level, Commonwealth and Chevening scholarships are afforded excellent Ghanaian students planning to study abroad annually.University of Lancaster and University of Nottingham have also opened international campuses in Ghana.
Gas supply has improved – Ghana Gas
Gas supply has improved – Ghana Gas
Ghana Gas has assured that there is more gas flowing, and the challenges in power production and supply experienced over recent weeks should be down to their barest minimum.
“We are constantly on point and we are delivering on getting gas to VRA and the other IPPs for them to produce electricity. Currently, we are doing about 130 million cubic feet of gas, which is very significant. It is going to help generate about 680 to 700 megawatts (mw) of electricity,” Ernest Owusu Bempeh, Head of Communications at Ghana Gas, said at a press briefing in Takoradi.
He explained that the expansion project which took place at the Takoradi regulatory and metering station has expanded the capacity of gas that can be transported.
“Initially, the capacity was about 130 million standard cubic feet (mscf) that could be transported. Now, it has been expanded to 405mscf. This means if the VRA wants more gas up to about 400Mscf, we will be able to provide it for them; basically, we have gas available and our capacity has also been expanded so that we can take more gas,” he said.
He added: “Akosombo is giving us 900mw, and here the 130mscf of gas will also give us almost 650-700mw of power, plus 60 on the other side; Eastern reverse flow will give us 300mw and Nigeria gives us about 500mw. It tells you that we have a lot of capacity available to produce electricity for the people of Ghana”.
On Karpowership project, Mr. Joseph Ewoniah, Community Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility Manager of Ghana Gas, explained that pipes which are expected to be used in working have been in country since the middle of March this year.
“The contractors are doing the welding and they are working on them assiduously; we believe that as soon as the welding part is done, they will start doing the coating and also testing. So, after those phases, the next phase will be trenching and laying the pipes underground,” he said.
“Currently, we are looking at the two types of pipes: we have the 20-inch pipe which we are going to use for the onshore – that is from Aboadze to Essipong, where we are separated by the sea.
“Then from Essipong, ‘the beach’ down to the Naval Base, a 26-inch pipe line will be used. So, we are going to work seriously to ensure that we meet our deadlines. We are sharing in the Energy Minister’s aspiration as well as that of our CEO – we have to finish this work by the close of June or middle of July.
“On the same project, one of our key areas is the onshore terminal station (OTS); and that station is sited at Essipong. Work is also steadily in progress; all our equipment is here. We have our engineers and contractors on site day in day out working, even over the weekend, to ensure that we meet the deadlines,” he added.
‘Exonerated’ suspect awaits his GH¢20,000
‘Exonerated’ suspect awaits his GH¢20,000
Abdul Rashid Maizango, the 29-year-old mistaken suspect in the murder of Ahmed Hussein-Suale, a member of the Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Tiger Eye PI Team member, is home now but without the GH¢20,000 the law enforcement agents took from him.
There is even contention over how much the police reportedly took from him, as the ‘exonerated’ man continues to claim it was GH¢25,000 instead of GH¢20,000.
“The family was told that the money is in the possession of the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department herself but who has travelled outside the country. We have been told to wait until her return to the money and the phone which was also seized would be returned,” Abdul Nasir, senior brother of Maizango told DAILY GUIDE yesterday.
When COP Tiwas Addo-Danquah, the Director General of the CID, returns from her foreign trip and hands over the wad of money to the ‘exonerated’ suspect, he could dispute the exact amount of money the police collected from him.
While the Greater Accra Regional Police Command claims the suspect tried bribing them with GH¢20,000, the young man has said otherwise, pointing at GH¢25,000 as the total amount in his car when he was arrested.
If the former suspect’s story is the truth then an amount of GH¢5,000 is missing.
The Police, during their engagement with the media when Abdul Rashid was arrested, announced that the suspect attempted bribing them with GH¢20,000.
His brother Abdul Nasir, a graduate of the Islamic University College, Ghana and a staff of a state institution, told DAILY GUIDE that his brother was bombarded with calls before his arrest by some cops.
The cop callers created a high level of fear in him over a certain criminality.
“It was one of such calls which directed him to show up at the West Hills Shopping Mall area for an interaction with the police officers, which he obliged. He had been lured and that was when he was arrested,” the brother claimed.
The relief in Abdul Nasir’s voice said it all when he told DAILY GUIDE about thanksgiving activities being organized to herald the return of Maizango.
Having been detained at the Nima Police Station for close to a week, he was accorded a warm reception after his release last Tuesday.
Female well-wishers clutching containers of talcum powder showered him with the stuff as a sign of relief and joy upon his regained freedom.
Lawyer Seidu Nasigri partook in the joyous mood, as he posed for a memorable photograph with the family and other well-wishers.
Members of the Zongo communities in both Accra and Kumasi have showed maximum interest in the case, having juxtaposed it against the fatal shooting of some Zongo youth in the Ashanti Regional capital over which the state paid compensation to the bereaved families recently.
Odaw River will be desilted within a year – Dredge Masters
Odaw River will be desilted within a year – Dredge Masters
Sanitation and desilting company, Dredge Masters has indicated that dredging of the Odaw River to avert flooding in the capital will be completed within a year.
According to the company, dredging of major drains in Accra must become a routine exercise to avert flooding.
Addressing the media after inspecting works on the OdawRiver, Operations Manager for Dredge Masters, Sena Adiepena said dredging will prevent flooding and its accompanying problems in the capital.
“Equipment have been deployed. Planning and site visits with the client and consultants were done in March and looking at the progress of work, we are hopeful that this year we will be able to do enough to avert any disaster. We are hoping that in less than a year, we will be able to complete this work,” Mr. Adiepena said.
The Minister for Works and Housing, Samuel Atta-Akyea, has already told Parliament, the dredging of the lower section of the Odaw river will commence immediately.
This he said is part of the government’s critical management plan to deal with perennial flooding especially in Accra.
Briefing Parliament on the Ministry’s plans to deal with flooding a few days ago, Atta-Akyea outlined some drainage projects which will commence across the country.
He said the projects will cost about GHc194.5 million.
“With regards to the Odaw River which has been causing perennial flooding in the nation’s capital, improvement works have begun on some sections of the channel…Meanwhile, the Ministry has renewed the contract with Dredge Masters for another two years.”
Meanwhile, Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, says the Ministry may not be able to carry out its plans due to the irregular release of funds.
“We want to reform a drainage system of our country and do away with open drains. I only can empathize with you because you cannot do much without money. These releases from the Ministry of Finance do not come early.”
Water spilt from chocked drains unto the roads in some parts of Accra after the recent downpour, killing five people and destroying properties.
Development and urban planner, Kofi Kekeli Amedzro suggested that the government and city authorities must re-engineer Accra to end the perennial flooding in the capital.
He said the government must commit enough financial resources to tackle the problem.
“We have to engineer an integrated waste management system that is able to ensure that the solid waste doesn’t get into the main drain system. As a matter of priority, we need to ensure that this becomes a key issue to invest in. We can’t wait for it to become a major flash-point for discussion every year. If we are serious about this, we have to invest massively in it and ensure that all the engineering works are done,” he said on The Point of View on Monday.
Floods show government can’t make Accra the cleanest city – Zanetor Rawlings
The NDC Member of Parliament for Klottey Korle Constituency, Zanetor Rawlings has also indicated that the Akufo-Addo administration won’t be able to make the national capital, Accra, the cleanest city in Africa by 2020.
According to her, the almost three-year-old agenda smacks of failure as the city continues to struggle to manage waste.
“I don’t see the necessary things in place for it to happen. You are still seeing the rubbish everywhere. The amount of rubbish left behind when the water receded after the flooding [on Sunday] was quite phenomenal.”
“We are in our third year since that promise was made. Accra is nowhere near becoming the cleanest city in West Africa, let alone on the continent,” she added.
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