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Teacher trainee allowance restored – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced that the restoration of teacher trainee allowances has taken effect from Tuesday September 12 alongside the official launch of the free senior high school (SHS) programme. Continue reading Teacher trainee allowance restored – Akufo-Addo

President launches Free SHS with pride; recalls being labeled a liar

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is delighted to have proven his critics wrong as he launches one of the nation’s ambitious and audacious programmes – the Free SHS Policy. Continue reading President launches Free SHS with pride; recalls being labeled a liar

Ashanti schools begin Free SHS enrollment process

Parents and their wards in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi, have begun trooping to Senior High Schools to start the registration process for the Free Education policy.
Students going through the registration process were seen in long queues at some Senior High Schools when Citi News’ Ashanti Regional
correspondent, Hafiz Tijani visited them to monitor
the process.
The students said the school authorities have taken them through the process and asked them to come back on Monday to receive the items the Government was providing under the policy.
At the Serwaa Nyarko Girls Senior High School in Kumasi some students expressed excitement as beneficiaries of the policy.
The school authorities who will not speak on record said they will remain available to attend to candidates coming in to undergo the process.
Meanwhile, some schools in the Central Region are turning away prospective first-year students due to the absence of their heads.
The students were asked to return to the school on monday (September 11) to begin the process for their enrollment.onday (September 11) to begin the process for their enrollment.
Source: citifmonline.com

Free SHS unsustainable, won’t stand test of time – Ablakwa

A former Deputy Education Minister says the Akufo-Addo government’s flagship Free senior high school (SHS) policy will not stand the test of time.
Continue reading Free SHS unsustainable, won’t stand test of time – Ablakwa

Number of Ghana Teachers And Other Government Workers Deleted From Payroll From January To November 2015

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Source: Ghana News Agency
5,861 Ghost Names Deleted From Pay Rolls of Public Institutions

The Controller and Accountant
General’s Department (CAGD) has deleted 5,861 ghost names
from the pay rolls of public institutions between January and
November, 2015.
The CAGD said some of the cases identified as fraud had been
referred to security agencies for appropriate actions to be
taken.
This was necessary due to the implementation of the
Electronic Salary Payment Voucher (E-SPV) system.
Ms Grace Adzroe, the Controller and Accountant General,
disclosed this in Accra on Thursday, when Government
officials led by Mr Seth Terkper, the Minister of Finance and
Economic Planning, paid a working visit to the department.
The Minister visited the Department’s new data centre, with
the state-of-the art facilities to meet international standards
and the electronic screen monitor, which monitors the payroll
system in the country.
Ms Adzroe said the limitation of payment of salary arrears to
three months was due to the detection of fraudulent deals in
public institutions, with regard to management of data on the
date of appointments, promotions and reactivation of public
sector employees on the payroll.
She said the country has started implementing the Ghana
Integrated Financial Management Information System
(GIFMIS), as part of the Public Financial Management Reform
Programme to improve Ghana’s fiscal discipline and macro-
economic stability.
GIFMIS is an integrated computerized financial management
system that serve as government’s official accounting system
for budget preparation and implementation; accounting and
financial reporting; as well as cash and assets management in
all ministries, departments and agencies and also
metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies.
It being implemented by the Controller and Accountant
General’s Department and the Ministry of Finance, with
support from development partners namely the World Bank,
Department of Foreign and International Development, the
European Union and the Danish International Development
Assistance.
Mr Terkper assured the CAGD of Government’s support for the
various financial reforms that the department had embarked
upon, to ensure financial discipline in the management of
public finance.
He said government was working to make the procurement
system electronic to curb inefficiencies in the public payroll
system and, therefore, charged public Human Resource
Managers to report any transfer, retired and dead persons to
the CAGD for action.
GNA

Another Sad Day for Ghanaian Education

By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.

In any situation of significant human
interaction, either professional or casual,
there are bound to erupt conflicts and
misunderstandings. What matters is how
problems are resolved. Tackled
constructively, both parties to a conflict are
apt to mature emotionally and develop
intellectually. Where matters are allowed to
degenerate into resentment and enmity, the
resulting damage can be physically
irreparable and psychologically and
emotionally devastating.

This appears to have been the case of 22-
year-old Ms. Charity Nyarko, a kindergarten
teacher at the St. Joseph’s Anglican
Preparatory School at Asuafo, near Nsuta, in
the Asante Region (See “Female Teacher
‘Beaten’ To Death In Ashanti Region”
Modernghana.com/ MyJoyOnline.com
11/26/13).

In the main, Ms. Nyarko is
reported to have excessively disciplined one
of her young charges which resulted in an
unspecified bodily injury to the child.
Naturally riled by the situation, some
relatives of the injured child decided to
literally take the law into their own hands by
assaulting Ms. Nyarko.

At least one of the injured child’s relatives is
reported to have retaliated by hurling a
nondescript chair at the “offending” teacher
who, in a self-defensive attempt to fleeing
her livid assailant, fell into an open gutter –
or sewage system – and severely injured
herself, resulting in her tragic death later at
the hospital. We are further informed that a
remorse-stricken Ms. Nyarko, accompanied
by the unnamed headteacher of her school,
had gone to the home of her injured pupil to
apologize for her apparently inappropriate
disciplinary measure when she was met with
the depraved hostility resulting in her death.

This is not the kind of Ghana I want to be
chest-out proud of. I am sick to my stomach
and heavy-hearted with anger and
disconsolate grief. As yet, we have not been
afforded the full details of the exact nature
of both the kindergartner’s offense and Ms.
Nyarko’s disciplinary response.

Whatever be the case, an unpardonable crime has been committed; a young talented and promising life has been needlessly wasted where adequate professional, and even legal, sanctioning would have amicably restored the faith of both parties in the most modern
acculturation system that we have known to
date.

By way of remedy, I would like to see three
forward-looking measures promptly instituted
in order to forestall the apparently
inappropriate punishment that resulted in the
bodily injury to the child, and the
consequently tragic demise of a young
teacher, at the dawn of a promising career,
who evidently believed that she was just
about the age-old rotuine pedagogical process
of not sparing the rod in order not to spoil
the child, in Biblical parlance.
One, strict and clear guidelines for pupil
discipline (perhaps in the form of a slim
volumed handbook) must be codified,
published and freely distributed throughout
the country by the Ministry of Education.

Two, a professional code of conduct for all
elementary and secondary school teachers
must also be clearly articulated in print and
made available to all public educational
institutions and be widely publicized in the
national media. And finally, a codified
behavioral guide for the parents and
guardians of schoolchildren must be published
and distributed across the country by the
Ministry of Education. The monetary and/or
capital resources invested in such a perennial
public-service project is likely to positively
pay off in the form of the creation of a
healthy environment for all stakeholders in
the academic and cultural development of
our children, as well as the future well-being
of the country at large.

It is almost certain that the assailants of Ms.
Nyarko had a troubled upbringing. Which, of
course, is in no way to imply that they ought
to be spared the most commensurately
punitive measures allowed by the law.
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*Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.
Department of English
Nassau Community College of SUNY
Garden City, New York
Nov. 26, 2013
E-mail: okoampaahoofe@optimum.net

Ghana Needs A Radical Approach To Education Reforms

Mr Grant Belnuo, an Education, has called for
radical reforms and restructuring in Ghana’s
teacher training process to make meaningful
impact in the educational sector.

“Our teacher training process and institutions
are outdated and not fit for the purpose.
Most of the trainers themselves are out of
touch with the future and the challenges the
21st Century learner is likely to face when
he/she leaves school,” he said.

Mr Belmuo who stated this in a research
released to the Ghana News Agency(GNA)
added that the current trend of training was
not helpful and called for alternatives that
would introduce modern education systems
taking into consideration geographical location
and cultural variables.

He appealed to the National Inspectorate
Board of the Ministry of Education to step up
their monitoring and evaluation programmes
to ensure that the right recommendations
are made for the betterment of education in
the country.

Mr Belmuo who christened his release as
“The Octopus on Roller skates” said the
current state of education, particularly in the
private sector where decisions were
determined by owners of schools and not
educational professionals was injurious to the
standards of Ghana’s education.
He said the national Inspectorate Board
would also need to be adequately resourced
to monitor various systems that would
enhance acceptable levels of education.
He added: “Every school in Ghana does what
they believe is the way forward. There are
several uncoordinated efforts and initiatives
without control and regulations – this is a
typical behaviour of OCTOPUS ON ROLLER
SKATES.”

He called for an independent National
Inspectorate Board that would not be
answerable to the Ministry of Education, but
to either the President or Parliament to be
able to perform creditable.
He also called for the engagement of
renowned educationalist, who would be able
to contribute meaningfully in the education
field to be part of the National Inspectorate
Board to deliver professionally.

Mr Belmuo said students at various
institutions especially private sector were
given many things to study at tender age and
added that it was not the number of subjects
or things that they studied that mattered but
their rate of understanding to utilize such
teachings in future.

“A country where money does the talking,
the educational experts (the headteacher,
psychologist,classroom teacher) have no say
when it comes to the educational bearing and
direction of their school. The investors and
directors call the shots,” he said.
Source: GNA