North America Alumni group of SECKO donates laptops, to Philip Ewuley-Armah Library at Sekondi College

The North-America group of the Sekondi College Old Students Association (SEKCOSA) has presented 20 laptops and accessories to the Philip Ewuley-Armah Centre for Academic Excellence located in the college.

The donation formed part of moves to contribute their widow’s mite to the memory of the late Philip Ewuley-Armah, Senior Prefect of the 1988 batch of Sixth Formers of SEKCO who passed on in the United States of America last year.

The surviving widow of Mr. Ewuley-Armah and children built the centre in memory of the late husband whom she testified believed in his alma mater as the best Senior High School, then secondary school.

Mrs. Adwoa Dako, the President of SEKCOSA, made the presentation to the headmistress of the school on behalf of the North-America alumni.

She expressed gratitude to the Alumni for giving back to the school, especially to the memory of the late Philip Ewuley-Armah who believed strongly in education and appealed to other members of SEKCOSA to turn around and support the school’s grow

Mrs. Guddy Kermah, Headmistress of the Sekondi College, who received the laptops and accessories on behalf of the school, thanked the North-America Alumni of SEKCO for stocking the Philip Ewuley-Armah Library with tools of modern technology.

She hoped the laptops would afford students the opportunity to be in tune with Information, Communication, Technology (ICT) to fit into a globalized village.

Mrs. Kermah assured the North America Alumni of putting the laptops to good use and called on other members of the alumni to come on board to assist the school.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Stakeholders commended for the successful conduct of BECE in Adaklu district

Mr Charles Kugbeadzor, Headteacher of Adaklu Kodzobi District Assembly Basic school on Friday commended stakeholders for the successful conduct of the just ended Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the Adaklu district.

The stakeholders he mentioned were the West African Examination Council, the Adaklu District Directorate of Education, invigilators, teachers, students, and Mr. Kwame Agbodza, Member of Parliament for Adaklu.

Mr Kugbeadzor, who was speaking to the Ghana News Agency at the end of the examination noted that the examination was incident free.

He advised the next batch of students who would be sitting the examination next year to take their studies seriously as WAEC had changed their mode of setting examinations.

He urged parents of those who just wrote the BECE not to wait until the results were released but ‘put your houses in order before the results are released.’

He asked the students to be obedient and submissive to their parents ‘as you have a long road ahead of you.’

ter Wisdom Afenyo, candidate of Adaklu Helekpe Junior High School speaking with the Ghana News Agency after the examination said, ‘the examination met my expectations and I hoped to get a single aggregate.’

Ms. Agbenyo Sharon Rose, who also spoke with the GNA, commended their teachers for preparing them for the examination.

She advised her colleagues not to relent on their efforts but keep on burning the midnight candle to enable them to prepare for their next level of education.

Ms Agbenyo was also full of praise for their parents for their sacrifices to see them through their basic education.

She pleaded with them to prepare for their Senior High Education.

Five hundred and twenty-eight candidates took the BECE at two centres in the Adaklu district.

Source: Ghana News Agency

BECE: Dormaa West District DCE, District Director inspire candidates  

Mr Francis Kwadwo Oppong, the Dormaa West District Chief Executive has reiterated the need to maintain academic integrity and cautioned candidates writing the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) against malpractices.

Rather, he encouraged the candidates to do well to pass the examination as a motivation to gain admissions and enjoy the government’s flagship Free Senior High School programme.

‘The BECE is your major step to climb the educational ladder,’ Mr Oppong told the candidates when he toured some examination centres at Nkrankwanta, the district capital.

Accompanied by Mr Enoch Owusu, the Dormaa West District Director of Education, Mr Oppong said his visit was to boost the morale of the candidates in the examination.

He highlighted the government’s commitment to providing quality educational opportunities to all students, as an important ingredient to shaping their life and future.

On his part, Mr Owusu also advised the candidates to uphold integrity and honesty by avoiding sendin
g and using unauthorized and foreign materials including mobile phones to the examination hall.

He said it was crucial to maintain the credibility of the examination process and ensure that the candidates were examined fairly based on their knowledge and abilities and extended his best wishes, inspiring them to strive for success.

Source: Ghana News Agency

UHAS activate plans to honour President Akufo-Addo, an Honorary Doctorate

The University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) will convene a Special Congregation to confer an honorary Doctor of Science degree (honoris causa) on Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana.

The ceremony is expected to take place at the University’s Cedi Auditorium at the Main Campus at Sokode-Lokoe on July 29, this year.

A UHAS release signed by Mrs Maria Gwira, Director of Public Affairs said the University Council approved the decision to recognise the President for his

exemplary leadership in making science education more accessible to Ghanaian families through the Free SHS policy, the prioritisation of STEM Education in Ghana, and the completion of the UHAS China-aided Phase 2 Expansion project.

It said as a science-focused university, the University’s Management recognised the President’s drive to raise the bar in education in furtherance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), which is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote
lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Noteworthy among the numerous policies and initiatives by his government, the statement said was the 2017 Free Senior High School (SHS) policy, which made secondary education free for students in Ghana and lightened the financial burden on parents who would otherwise have been unable to afford their children’s education, along with the establishment of several STEM-focused Senior High Schools around the country.

It indicated the University recognised the strong interest that the President has demonstrated in facilitating the growth and expansion of UHAS.

The government’s partnership with the Chinese Government in Phase 2 of the expansion of UHAS, resulted in a $60 million project that included construction of the Central Administration complex, the largest School of Nursing and Midwifery in West Africa, and a fully equipped, state-of-the art Simulation Centre.

The project is expected to increase the University’s student capacity by at least 2,500.

‘We extend our a
ppreciation to the President and congratulate him on his well-deserved recognition,’ the statement added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

2024 BECE ends; 33 examination officials arrested for infractions

This year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) has ended nationwide with 33 examination officials arrested for various infractions.

Out of the 33 picked up, 19 were teachers who were supervisors and invigilators.

Speaking to the GNA via a telephone interview in Accra, Mr John K. Kapi, Head of Public Affairs, West African Examinations Council (WAEC), said three of those picked up had nothing to do with the examination. 

According to Mr Kapi, those picked up for breaching WAEC ‘s regulations were being processed for courts.

He noted that the Council at some of the examination centres, found 10 candidates who had mobile phones on them.

According to him, those mobile phones had been seized and handed over to the Police, adding that WAEC would apply sanctions against them.

He said generally, this year’s BECE had been successful because the Council was able to send examination papers and answer booklets to the right places at the right time.

Mr Kapi said areas such as Sekyere Afram Plains were ab
le to receive examination materials on time through the use of drones.

He said the Council also catered for people with special needs.

Despite the successes, Mr Kapi said the Council was disappointed in the unprofessional behaviour of some invigilators and supervisors.

‘An invigilator was found assisting candidates through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI),’ he said.

Going forward, Mr Kapi said WAEC would put in more stringent measures to weed out invigilators and supervisors with bad behaviours and attitudes.

He called for strict application of sanctions against teachers who breached the Council’s regulations.

This year’s BECE started on July 8 with 569,095 candidates writing English as their first paper.

In all, 19,506 schools participated in the exams.

The Council employed 2,123 supervisors, 1, 889 assistant supervisors and 19, 973 invigilators for the smooth running of the examinations.

The Council among others banned the use of mobile phones by supervisors, invigilators and candidates in e
xamination halls.

Source: Ghana News Agency

2024 BECE: Invigilators warn to uphold the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

Dr Simon Gbene, the Executive Secretary of the Coalition of Parents of Students in Private Institutions (COPOSIPI), has warned invigilators supervising the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to uphold the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

He stated that: ‘Your role in ensuring the integrity of the examination process is crucial. Remember that your actions have a direct impact on the future of these young minds.’

Dr Gbene gave the advice in a press statement issued and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Tarkwa.

The statement expressed concern that any form of malpractice or corruption would not only undermine the credibility of the examination but would also rob deserving students of their hard-earned success.

‘Let us work together to create a fair and supportive environment for all students to thrive. Your integrity is key to building a brighter future for Ghana,’ the statement added.

To the candidates, the statement said, ‘As you sit for your BECE, remember th
at this is a significant milestone in your academic journey. You have prepared well, and you have the potential to excel. Believe in yourselves, stay focused, and trust your abilities.

Remember, these examinations are not a definition of your worth, but rather a stepping stone to greater heights. You are the future leaders and change-makers of Ghana, and we have faith in you. Go out there and make yourselves and the country proud.’

Source: Ghana News Agency