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Education Reforms and Usefulness For The Future



Education Reforms and Usefulness For The Future

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.

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Pure City International School founder wins Prestigious Noble Award



Pure City International School founder wins Prestigious Noble Award

The founder/Chief Executive Officer of the Pure City International School, Precious Senafiawo, has been honoured as one of the most reputable individuals in West Africa.

Mr Senafiawo, at the Nobels annual awards night held Friday at the Holiday Inn in Accra, picked up the Nobles International Award for men and women of integrity in West Africa.

The prestigious Nobles award is an honour bestowed by the West Africa Nobles Forum (a group of eminent West Africans), who every year identify deserving giants of industry in the sub-region and present them with the award.

This year, the governing council, headed by Wisconsin International University College Chancellor Dr. Paul Kofi Fynn, unanimously identified Mr Senafiawo as a deserving candidate and presented him with the award.

Recipients of the Nobles International Award are prominent West Africans whose selfless efforts in their chosen field of endeavour has earned them a reputation beyond the shores of their country. Recipients are also expected to have upheld the virtues of honesty, integrity and accountability in both their public and private lives.

Mr Precious Kweku Senafiawo met these impressive criteria and thus was honoured at Friday night’s ceremony.

An astute Entrepreneur, Businessman, a Visionary Motivator and a Philanthropic gem, Precious Senafiawo is the founder of Pure City International School, a private school located at Ga-Odumase, near Pokuase, in the Ga West District of the Greater Accra Region.

The school is the brainchild of Mr Senafiawo, who has been running it since age 24 when it was then known as Sena Royal Academy. He also runs the SENA Foundation to carry out impressive acts of philanthropy. The foundation has donated to bodies including the Akropong School for the Blind and has over the years picked up numerous children off the streets and sponsored their education.

In the 2018/19 academic year, the Foundation with Aqua Flava Mineral Water (another company by Mr. Precious Senafiawo) as a sponsor, organized a maiden edition of Science, Mathematics and ICT Quiz; dubbed ‘SSMAT QUIZ’, in the Ga West Municipality for all private basic schools in its jurisdiction.

Mr Senafiawo has risen from humble beginnings to become a blessing to many in the country, earning him the deserved honour of one of the noblest personalities in the entire West Africa.


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Owusu Bempah’s bodyguards seize TV3 journalist, beat him to pulp



Owusu Bempah’s bodyguards seize TV3 journalist, beat him to pulp

A TV3 journalist, Joseph Armstrong, had his baptism of fire Saturday afternoon when he was mauled by heavily built men, identified as security guards assigned to Prophet Isaac Owusu Bempah, without provocation.

Regrettably, members of the Glorious Word Power Ministries International in an unchristlike manner also punched and heckled him.

The incident happened at Dansoman Akukorfoto in the Greater Accra region while the young man was running a morning errand in his car when he met members of the church in a procession.

Some men dressed like National Security operatives ordered him to move his car as the people approach. Momentarily, some of them started banging his car for not moving quickly.

When he enquired which church it was and muttered “Aaaah Owusu Bempah’s church”, the people got infuriated and pounced on him.

Finally, he was hauled before the man of God who was driving alongside the procession to apologize.

Even though Prophet Owusu Bempah recognized the journalist, when Armstrong asked what his main offence was before he could render the necessary apology, the impatient members including the heavily built men surged forward in an attempt to beat him further.

The man of God later released him and asked him to worship at his church.

Joseph Armstrong who saw the incident as a mob action and not necessarily an attack on a journalist told “I was even scared to go home. Some of them threatened to attack me anywhere they meet me. I had to run to someone’s room for protection. The whole thing looks like a dream to me. I was nearly lynched.”

Though traumatized, he said, “I hold nothing against the man of God”.

The matter was reported at Dansoman Police Station where medical form was issued to him. He has been at the hospital receiving medical attention.

“I’m in pains now, including my neck and my head,” he narrates.

Meanwhile, has gathered that other road users were heckled by the security detail of the man of God in the course of the procession.


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Scrap examination and integrate us now – New Cuban trained Ghanaian doctors



Scrap examination and integrate us now - New Cuban trained Ghanaian doctors

A group of Cuba-trained Ghanaian doctors is demanding the scrapping of a mandatory examination before their integration into the Ghana Health Service.

The demand follows their arrival in the country years after their training in Cuba on government scholarship.

The scheduled arrival of the doctors was the subject of controversy with calls from the Minority to get them fully integrated.

The doctors will have to write a Ghana Medical and Dental Council exams to be fully integrated into the Ghana Health Service.

But some of them who spoke to Citi News shortly after their arrival in the country said government should reconsider the writing of the examination.

“As newly trained medical doctors from Cuba, they have set that exam for us to write when we return to Ghana. But we have colleagues from other counties who also graduated with us but they have been incorporated in their health systems without writing any exams. We are not saying the exams is not important but we are saying that, they should find a way for us to just work.”

Another student also said, “Government invests money in students and it ends up losing half of them through the exams. I want to urge the government to find a better plan of inculcating us into the system. We are ready, if we have done done it for the Cuban government, why can’t we do it for our home country?”

The Scholarship Secretariat has justified arrangements that received the over 200 Cuba-trained Ghanaian doctors.

According to the Registrar of the Secretariat, Kingsley Agyeman, the decision to hold on to the certificates of the doctors is standard practice for students who are trained on government scholarship outside the country.

“The various schools have sent their certificates to the Ghana Missions in Havana, the mission will use the diplomatic channel to bring it to us here in Ghana. When they are done with their attachments and pass their licensing exam and they are practicing and finish serving their bond, anything that is supposed to be released to them will be released to them,” he said.

There have been concerns from the Minority in Parliament and Former Sege Member of Parliament, Alfred Abayateye about a decision to hold on to the certificates of the trained doctors with suspicions that the doctors may not be posted for political reasons.

It has always been the case that persons sponsored by the State have their documents retained until they complete the period of their bonds.

But, the Minority in Parliament wants the government to “quickly absorb” the over 200 doctors who are due to return to Ghana after years of training in Cuba.

Cuba Embassy responds

The Embassy of Ghana in Havana, Cuba has described as unfortunate claims made by a former Member of Parliament for Sege, Alfred Abayateye about the Ghanaian doctors who were trained in Cuba.

The former MP has alleged that some Ghanaian officials are frustrating the said doctors, who are to return to Ghana this weekend, saying their passports and certificates have been seized.

But, in a press statement, the Embassy said it expected Mr. Abayateye to seek further clarification from the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration before making his


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