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How to avoid being disappointed by SSNIT with your money: Retirement – How prepared are you?

*RETIREMENT – How Prepared are you?*
In my capacity as an actuarial officer, I have had diverse
encounters with people especially the elderly asking the
question; How much will SSNIT pay me when I retire?
Normally, these individuals have some years, months or even
few weeks to retire.
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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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How can Technology Transform Education in Ghana?

The Ghanaian education system
today is in a bad state with massive
failures in primary education, the
length of secondary school cycles in
constant flux, and the major
universities altering admissions
procedures and course materials.
However, the overlying conclusion
that can be drawn from all this is that
the Ghanaian Education system today
is woefully inadequate and in need of
immediate reform. Technology, on
the other hand, is rapidly gaining
acceptance in the country and is
proving its benefits to players in the
public and private sector. Here we
examine three ways technology can
transform education in Ghana.
Teaching Methods .Over the world,
the rise of the Internet and the dawn
of the technological age has led to
advances and radical changes in the
way things are done. Education has
not been left out here. Technology
has transformed teaching methods to
make it much easier for students to
grasp concepts quickly. This is
especially true in science education
where videos can be used to help
students visualize forces in physics,
organic structures in biology and
molecular structures in Chemistry.
Universities in this country can make
use of these technologies to improve
science education. Cost may not
even be much of a factor, as there
are several free resources available.
As Mashable reports: ‘The Concord
Consortium, a non-profit organization
that develops technologies for math,
science and engineering education,
has been a leader in developing free,
open source software that teachers
can use to model concepts.’
Globalisation is an oft-talked about
concept that encompasses the
coming together of the various
peoples of the world through
technologies such as the internet and
advances in aviation and
collaboration. In Ghana, the effects of
globalization are very much in
evidence, with many foreign nationals
living and working here. Ghanaians
today do not find it strange to
encounter or work in foreign-owned
businesses or to hear of project
collaboration between the Ghanaian
and a foreign government. It is thus
necessary for the understanding and
appreciation of foreign cultures to be
a part of our educational system.
Many schools around the country
now attach the term ‘International’ to
their names, yet few of these can be
said to be truly international in
respect to having a diverse foreign
student population. The technology
of today such as video-conferencing
facilities and social media can allow
students in classrooms in Ghana to
interact with other students from
around the world and understand
their culture. Today, free Internet
technologies can provide the benefits
of student exchanges without the
cost of actual travel.
Real Work Conditions. One of the
laments of tertiary education
students and businesses around
Ghana today is that the courses
taught them do not adequately
prepare them for working life. In the
area of technology use this is
especially true. Many students first
take basic computing courses when
they arrive in University and current
systems are structured that students
barely need to spend much time in
front of a computer to graduate well.
Accounting students around the
country are often able to graduate
from accounting courses without
gaining proficiency in any accounting
software. Technology should be
integrated in our teaching systems,
allowing our students to familiarize
themselves with the fast paced and
highly demanding tech world at an
early age and for a long period
before entering the job market. These
measures would help our youth to be
better prepared to enter workplaces
where e-mails are the main means of
communication, videoconferences are
frequently held, documents are kept
‘in the cloud’ and the computer use
is constant.
Most often Ghanaians share the view
that technology is ‘expensive’.
However, the few proposals
discussed here are an example of
some of the technology-driven
improvements that can be made to
our education system at little to no
cost. Today, this nation takes a
serious look at how we can transform
our education systems to dispense
with high rates of failure and inability
of graduates to perform on the
workplace. As shown here,
technology can and should be a part
of any such overhaul to ensure the
youth of Ghana are given the best
possible chance of success in a
fast-changing world.
-Terence Adjei-Otchwemah
Executive, Product Marketing &
Media Relations

Using Blogging in a Classroom Environment

There are so many things that are not understood about
blogs.
We are going to discuss one fact that most people do not
realize: blogs can be used as highly effective educational
tools. They will offer a complete freedom for individuals to
publish web content and will make a classroom a lot better
than it is.
However, this can only happen if blogging is properly utilized.
Everything starts with choosing web builder tutorials and
platform. Based on most professionals, starting a blog is
easier with WordPress so this is what you want to use. Then,
you want to think about the following tips to make blogging a
huge part of the classroom.
Offer Expectations and Guidelines
It is really important that clear expectations and guidelines are
set so that the student can know what to expect. As an
example, you may not allow students to use their photos on a
blog page. You may force the student to get a written
permission from one of the parents in order to allow a blog to
be open. All the guidelines can be updated and published on a
main class blog. That leads by example and allows the
parents and students to see important information about what
is to be done.
Integrate The Classroom Curriculum Into Blogging
You can easily use blogging all across the classroom’s
curriculum. For all topics from history to science, blogging can
take complete literacy.
Improving Writing Skills
One of the big parts of blogging is, of course, writing. As a
blogger you need knowledge about the subject you blog about
and proper writing skills. This is true even if you use blogging
in a math class. Besides talking about blogging and teaching
your subject, you have to teach grammar and writing. In many
situations you can get away with it when you allow 10
minutes per class to cover an important writing related point.
That would make the student a better writer and blogging
would be even more efficient in the classroom.
Discussing And Encouraging Commenting
One of the disregarded but highly important parts of any blog
is the comments section. You want to encourage your
students to learn how to properly comment and how to
properly respond to comments. In this case you can lead by
example. Have a blog with a couple of posts on it and make
the students comment based on the offered criteria. Always
provide feedback about how the student manages his own
comments section so that a better experience can be created.
Always Be Realistic
It is not easy to build a blog. This is something that you have
to take into account. The goals and deadlines need to be
small. As an example, one class can be started off by a focus
on a topic where a student would contribute to a post while
under supervision. Always choose a subject that brings in
passion from the student. As an example, you can encourage
building a blog that talks about endangered species or about
healthy eating. When you have a classroom blog, you can
always take everything one topic at a time. Students have to
build skills and this only happens when they are passionate
about what they write.
Encourage Subscriptions To Other Blogs
You want to read other student and classroom blogs. This
would encourage commenting and would offer great examples
of a blog that is finished and suitable. It can also give you
some ideas about what to write about. In fact, professionals
often read other blogs in order to get new topic ideas.
Always Stay Consistent
Studies show that the future of real estate is bright but only
for those agents that remain consistent. Blogging is exactly
the same. You cannot expect to have a lot of traffic on a blog
if you are not consistent. You want people that come back
and if there are no new posts to see every time they visit,
there is no reason for them to come back.
In blogging you have to keep expanding and building. The
start should be around 1 or 2 posts per week. Blog
submission can be increased gradually when the students
become more comfortable with what is to be done.
Avoid Plagiarism At All Costs
Most students do not know much about plagiarism and do
not understand why it is a bad thing. You have to explain this
as a teacher. It is vital that a student would only contribute
his/her own work. This includes images. Copyright free images
are always a necessity. Do monitor plagiarism and openly talk
about it. Focus on the fact that the student will not learn
anything through classroom blogging if plagiarism appears.
Blogger Networking Should Be Encouraged
You should always encourage global and local collaboration .
This is done by allowing students and encouraging them to
follow other bloggers and student blogs. Keep in mind that it
is a really good idea to allow the student to choose what blog
to follow but a set criteria list should be added in order to aid
with this selection.
Do Not Forget About Social Media
Initially, blogs were a part of social networks. Nowadays, they
are not always connected with running and maintaining a
blog. This is a mistake that many make. You want to always
increase classroom blog membership by using social media
websites like Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. With this
particular part of the promotion, word of mouth stands out as
the most effective promotion method.
Encourage Patience
Blogging is new in the classroom environment. As with all the
new ventures, a learning curve exists. You need to create a
number of blogs while monitoring the classroom. However,
there is a strong possibility that the students will really enjoy
blogging so patience should not be a huge problem.
Traditional classrooms are changing all around the world.
Since most future careers will require really strong computer
skills, it is a good idea to use classroom blogging. Just make
sure that blogging is fun and creative. Freedom should be
available while taking into account everything else mentioned
above.

Praguepost.com

WhatsApp Update 2.12.365 for Android Now Available for Download, See Features & More Details Here

The latest WhatsApp update for Android is now available
for download. Developers of WhatsApp has been working
endlessly to provide the best service to their users.
Recently, they released WhatsApp Update 2.12.365 for
Android, which aims to fix bugs and provide several fixes
for the said application.
According to Neurogadget , WhatsApp is releasing two new
updates because of the overwhelming number of reported
bugs by its users. Currently, there is an available WhatsApp
update on Google PlayStore that can be downloaded by its
users. However, they are also trying to improve WhatsApp
2.12.365 version for Android, which will be made available
online but not on their official website.

Despite not having an official statement about the latest
WhatsApp update 2.12.365 for Android, the said update is
known to be smaller in size cutting it from 23.25 MB to
19.87 MB. Features that have been removed were not
revealed, but considering the size, it will probably contain
bug fixes.
New features may not even be included as the size is
deemed to be too small. If ever there’s an additional
update, it may have something to do with the option to
back up chats on Google Drive in all platforms and not just
selected devices.
The current WhatsApp Update 2.12.365 is merely an
enhancement of what’s already been previewed on its beta
version. These improvements are all based from user
feedback, which is why the current WhatsApp Update
2.12.365 mostly contains improvement based on what has
been negatively encountered from using the app.
Currently, WhatsApp’s latest updates include the popular
emoji, which shows different emotions coming from
different symbols of animals, fruits, etc. WhatsApp chat
runs on a wireless network, which makes it so popular to
users because of its free call and text messaging feature.
Neurogadget was able to feature the previous version of
WhatsApp, version 2.12.364, which contains a feature that
allows users to save chat history in the Cloud. This was
made available only on selected devices at the time of its
release. With the new WhatsApp update 2.12.365, there
may be a chance that it will be implemented on all devices.
Have you noticed the different changes made by the
WhatsApp update? What do you think has been the most
useful feature of the app since it was created? Comment
below and see what others think of the app.

Latinpost.com

How To Become A Good Teacher

Step 1:
Get ideas Get ideas on realistic goals and effective techniques from veteran teachers in whatever classes you ’ ve been assigned: English, Language Arts, Math , Music , Science , or History. Observe the teachers in their own classes to emulate provenstyles.

Step 2:
Introduce yourself Set the tone by looking professional and well- groomed . Junior high students are looking for role models and will watch everything you do . Introduce yourself briefly and let the kids share details aboutthemselves.
Keep your private life separate and don ’ t take calls at home . You need tohave time to recharge , too.

Step 3:
Arrange seating Arrange the room ’ s seating so that you can limit distractions from outside , direct attention to the board , and separate troublemakers.

Step 4:
Announce expectations Announce high expectations for behavior and grades and explain what this means in your class . Adjustments will have to be made on an individual basis , you will spend extra time with some kids to help them keepup.

Step 5:
Teach with games Use physical activities to engage the students , as kids often learn by doing.
Teach grammar through team contests to construct sentences on the board , or build symbolic essay parts with toy structures.
Keep the pacing brisk to holdtheir attention . Relieve the tension as the term runs its course.
It ’ s important to for them to have fun, to be allowed periodic breaks , and to know they matter . But becautious; don ’t let them confuse you for a peer.

Step 6:
Keep journals Insist that students keep journals and allow time at the beginning of class each day for them to write an entry , which has the added bonus of creating quiet in the room.
Write prompts on the board to invite responses that kick start theprocess.

Step 7:
Recognize achievement Create recognitions for student achievements at the end of each semester to reinforce what they have learned and to ensure their pride in the accomplishment . School should be a positiveexperience.

Nearly 15 million American middle school students were enrolled in 2009, and enjoyed a teacher to student ratio of 15 to two , better than twice as good as1999 ’ s 16 to one ratio.

CULLED FROM AN AMERICAN TEACHERS FORUM BY PREKESE MEDIA