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GES Promotion Interview Sample Questions for Assistant Director 1 and 2

The Ghana Education Service

Candidates that are eligible for the ranks of Assistant Director 1 and 2 should go through the following questions.

PANEL ONE

1. Apart from formulating policies for the GES what are the other functions of the Ministry of Education? Continue reading GES Promotion Interview Sample Questions for Assistant Director 1 and 2

GES must go paperless in the application for promotion

I have watched with surprise and difficulty, this few days how my colleagues in the service due for promotion have to go through lengths to fill forms to be submitted for their promotion at the regional office. Continue reading GES must go paperless in the application for promotion

The tears of the innocent teacher is the cause of Ghana’s woes

Atanga Mathew writes..

*THE TEARS OF THE INNOCENT TEACHER IS THE CAUSE OF GHANA’S WOES*

*Maybe the long neglect and continues marginalization and unjustified victimization of the teacher who taught all professionals is the cause of Ghana’s woes* Continue reading The tears of the innocent teacher is the cause of Ghana’s woes

Free Secondary Education In Ghana From A Teacher’s Perspective

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Politicians dont have any logical priority and good standards for Education in Ghana.
A lot of Basic schools dont have text books, teachers are not well paid, No computers to teach ICT, No libraries, No classroom buildings and many other deficiencies. a lot of teachers can attest to this fact. We dont have the basics right. Continue reading Free Secondary Education In Ghana From A Teacher’s Perspective

Basic Schools Just Free Centre for Dumping Kids – Parents Careless About Kids Academic Welfare

Some Ghanaian parents dont care about the academic welfare of their children in school. They see school as a free baby sitting centre to dump their kids. They dont care to provide their children with exercise books, text books, pens, pencils etc. As at now(second day of second week since school reopened) some pupils in my class dont have exercise books or pen. Is it poverty, a curse or ignorance or is it irresponsibility of parents.

Continue reading Basic Schools Just Free Centre for Dumping Kids – Parents Careless About Kids Academic Welfare

CCT-GH Exposed Part 2 (Corruption At Its Peak)

This part became so neccesary when i was wondering about how our rights to association has also been taken away from us. For this reason, another investigation was conducted to look for answers to why it becomes so easy for CAGD to assign a teacher union to teachers without their consent.

Until after the investigations, GNAT and NAGRAT were the prime suspects, even though their hands are  not clean, but i-track rather found CCT to be the key architect when it comes to issues of this kind.
A CCT’s NEC meeting report dated 15/04/16, addressed and signed by King Ali Awudu, intercepted by ‘i-track’ is the principal evidence for this part.

According to the report, CCT was dwindling in membership. In that, whilst CCT membership rose to near 14,182 in early 2014, their numerical strength by the end of December 2014 was about 9,000. Hence, there was the need to taking pragmatic measures to avert the situation as it was a cause to worry with respect to all that matters in the union. As a result, CCT’s NEC at its first quarter sitting in 2015 unanimously agreed, giving their National officers the go ahead to do anything humanly possible to help boost their numerical strength.

Even though, CCT managed through thick and thin to increase their numerical strenght to 11,396 by May 2015 but was still not up to satisfaction. The situation according to the report which had the capability of crippling the union called for a team led by the then Vice president of CCT (King Ali Awudu and supported by the womens Commissioner (Vida Sapabil) and the National Organizer to storm CAGD and to see some important persons who matter in this regard. Lo and behold, the V.P booked an appointment with a senior fellow in May 2015 and met with him at an undisclosed joint in Accra to broke a deal.

My BP rose to an all time highest number when i continued reading the report. Shockingly, the senior fellow agreed to help but on a condition that he will take 80% of the total dues deducted for all add-on new members in the first month, whiles the union takes all dues deducted in the subsequent months.
Aside the 80% of the dues deducted from new members to be payable to the senior fellow in the first month, a maintenance fee of Ghc6000 and Ghc3000 was to be paid to the senior fellow from June to August 2015 and September to December respectively.  Confirmation from the report clearly shows that all the amount demanded by the senior fellow has fully been paid.

Let’s take note of the following Calculations as derived from the report.

1. Membership as at May 2015 = 11, 396
2. New members added on in 2015
a)  June    = 10, 346
b) July      = 801
c) August  = 11, 012
      Total  = 22, 159

Monthly dues as at 2015 =GHC 11
TOTAL REVENUE = GHC 11  X  22,159   =  GHC 243, 749

80% BRIBE TO THE SENIOR FELLOW     =   80% of  GHC 243, 749 = GHC 194,999.2

MAINTENANCE FEE OF GHC 6, 000 FOR JUNE, JULY, AUGUST = 18, 000

MAINTENANCE FEE OF GHC 3, 000 FROM SEPT TO DECEMBER,  2015 = GHC 3, 000 X 4 MONTHS = 12, 000

IN ALL TOTAL BRIBE PAID IN 2015 ALONE (I.e. from June to December,  2015)    =  GHC 194, 999.2  + 18, 000  +  12, 000    =   GHC 224, 999.2 ( 2billion, 249million, 942 thousand Old cedis)

According to the CCT’s report, it could easily be deduced that all the other teacher unions are doing same. And for that matter, i am forced to  believe the rumours alleging that the teacher unions took bribe to call of their intended strike.

Leadership of the Teacher unions should note that it is the  sweat, tears and blood of teachers that is propelling the union which feeds them.

Despite several threats and intimidations to prevent me from unraveling the mysteries, sagas and scandals in CCT, i want to use this episode to sound a strong warning to the likes of Mark Ansah and his cohorts that not even death dares stops me from telling the truth.

The next Episode talks about how CCT’s Chairpersons are chewing teachers’ dues like gum, Region by Region.

To be continued on 1st June,2016

Owusu Baffoe Daniel
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How To Deal With The Falling Standards of Education in Ghana

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According to Wikipedia “Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills , values , beliefs , and habits .

Educational methods include storytelling, discussion, teaching, training, and directed research .

Education frequently takes place under the guidance of educators, but learners may also educate themselves. Education can take place in formal or informal settings and any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational.
The methodology of teaching is called pedagogy .

Education is commonly and formally divided into stages such as preschool or kindergarten , primary school, secondary school and then college , university or apprenticeship .

A right to education has been recognized by some governments, including at the global level: Article 13 of the United Nations ‘ 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recognizes a universal right to education.
In most regions education is compulsory up to a certain age.”

Standard is explained as a level of quality or attainment or something used to as a comparative evaluation.

As a teacher and an advocate for quality education i can boldly say that Ghana’s standards of education is very low and has continued to dwindle since independence due to the reasons I’m going to discuss in this post.

Poor management of the educational sector.
Management of our educational sector in Ghana is very poor. Take a short visit to most education offices in Ghana and you will realise that the officials in charge of overseeing the implementation of education policies are not performing up to speed with standards required.

Politically influenced policies. A typical example is the four year SHS Policy which was cancelled immediately after a  change of government. As a developing country we need an educational Policy which will help project our development not politically driven policies which will just project  self interest of our politicians.

Inadequate funding for education
It is alarming to know that funding for education is at a very low percent. Ghana’s budget allocation for education is around 9.2 percent i stand to be corrected. However that percentage is not sufficient for a developing country which requires major resources to enhance its development.

Practical and relevant curriculum
About 90 percent of teachers and educationist will agree with me that our curriculum too liberal and lacks practicality. Copying the curriculum of other countries and imposing it on our system its highly appauling as a country. will not improve the lives of the citizens and our leaders still go for curriculum revision without taking the major interest of development and enhanced life of the ghanaian.

Inadequate logistics and resources
Inadequate logistics and basic resources in schools is affecting effective delivery of education in Ghana. Even chalk, the most common tool used by a teacher has been lacking in classrooms through out the country. How can pupils learn when teachers dont have chalk to use to teach.

I recommend the following measures as a means of dealing with the falling standards of education in Ghana.

My first antidote to cure this ailment is provision of sufficient funds for education. This will go a long way to address the problems of inadequate logistics and resources. This will also ensure effective and efficient management of the educational sector.

Another outstanding remedy to deal with the falling standards of education is having a practical and relevant curriculum which will push our national agenda.

One other solution which will stabilise our educational Policy framework is having having an educational plan for a longer period. An educational plan which can project our development to a desired point in the near future and not politically driven policies that is changed when there is a change of government.

With this few thought provoking and conscience appealing piece of literature if not a massive improvement i hope it will generate an amount of attention in the minds of well wishing Ghanaians.

If this piece of advice is heeded to by the big men i think there will be an uplift of about 60percent in our educational standards and with other outstanding interventions by the year 2020 we would have an educational system which would project the development plan of our motherland Ghana.

  By: Kpodo Prince Ofori – Dodowa 0246928989

Harnessing the Power of Digital Technology for Education in Ghana

Information Communication
Technology (ICT) can be a great
enabler of learning when used rightly.
For this to happen, both teachers and
students must be adept at handling
all kinds of gadgets and software.
Ghana has a lot of promise in the
digital education space, but a lot
remains to be done to bring our level
up to speed with global standards.
My post explores five ways through
which technology can be applied to
enhance learning in Ghana.
Use of Tech in Classroom
A skilled teacher can apply
technology in her classroom in many
ways. She can run her lessons using
PowerPoint or an open source
alternative. This automatically allows
for the integration of pictures, videos
and other multimedia. Use of
multimedia content increases the
attention of students as their senses
are fully engaged. The chalk or
marker board would still be used for
sketches, annotations and other
classroom activities. Of course
teachers in a typical Ghanaian school
may not have access to a projector
but it is possible in this age of
proliferation of mobile devices to
take initiative to get relevant images
and videos on a smartphone and
tablet that students can watch to
enhance their understanding. A
student may have the challenge of
understanding the chemical
principles behind the cleansing
action of a detergent, but would
easily pick up the concepts when
shown a YouTube video of the
process. I used this method to great
effect.
Content Creation
There is no gainsaying that access to
the Internet opens up a wealth of
information for the Ghanaian learner.
That said, it is often asked whether
the kind of content currently online is
relevant to our students and pupils. I
would say not always. Inability of
students to relate to the information
they come across on the Internet is a
barrier to their full understanding of
concepts. Also, there is almost zero
content available for certain subjects
like Ghanaian languages. Teams of
teachers and students can work
together to address the dearth in
local educational content problem.
This creates a collaborative learning
atmosphere that fosters development
of critical skills such as creativity,
teamwork, leadership and
communication.
App Development
The Ghanaian developer community
must play their part in improving
educational standards in the country.
Advancements in computing and
software development has resulted in
the abundance of many easily
accessible yet powerful open source
platforms, that can be used to create
educational web and mobile
applications relevant to Ghanaian
school children. Therefore,
technologists need to work with
teachers to digitize notes and test
questions, and repackage them into
stimulating content that students can
easily interact with and learn from.
Growth in the use of educational
technologies in Ghana would in the
long run profit software developers.
However, their involvement in the
sector should not be seen with
purely as a business opportunity but
as a social crusade as well. We need
to see more projects like Paasco
Africa spring up and make a
difference to learners.
Student Learning Activities
The effectiveness of ICT in education
is enhanced when use of relevant
tools is integrated into student
learning activities. Students can
explore topics such as Body Mass
Index (BMI) and graphs with
spreadsheet software, allowing them
to develop computing skills
alongside subject-specific
knowledge. Tasking students to
deliver assignments through
presentations and email enable them
to pick up key work-study-life
communication skills needed to
thrive in the 21st century. One may
think my point is basic, but a student
once scanned a handwritten
assignment and sent it to my inbox
when I asked them to submit a group
work electronically. While such a
behaviour is excusable at the pre-
tertiary level, the reaction would have
been totally different at an institution
of higher learning. My point is that
we need to create the platform for the
young ones to make all the mistakes
now, rather than later, when much is
at stake.
Creating a Web of Learning
Social media has become a reality of
our modern existence as a species.
Many students are distracted from
their studies when they spend
endless hours online connecting with
their friends on Twitter or Facebook.
But, this situation can be turned
around through well thought out
strategy. We can capitalise on the
students’ interest and engagement
on these platforms to serve them
with educational content. This ties in
with some of the points raised above.
Imagine the level of excitement and
the amount of learning students will
experience if they were working on a
YouTube video project for class
assignment. Further teachers can use
Facebook groups (such as Global
Lab Ghana, Google + hangouts and
Twitter hashtags to take class
discussions beyond the classroom.
This way students benefit from the
insights of their colleagues and other
experts from across the world. They
also get to analyse issues in a more
relaxed environment as compared to
the traditional Ghanaian classroom
setting. This hopefully will deepen
their understanding and engender
application.
Conclusion
We cannot hide our heads under the
sand like ostriches in the information
age. Ghanaian teachers need to
embrace digital tools for teaching
and content creation. App developers
need to pay more attention to the
needs of the educational sector and
students must be encouraged to
harness ICT to aid their learning. The
steps we take today, through policy
formulation and effective
implementation, will inform how well
our educational sector will work
some few years down the line.
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