GES committed to implement interventions for quality education – DG


Dr Eric Nkansah, Director General of the Ghana Education Service, has reiterated the Service’s commitment to continue to implement series of educational interventions and initiatives that will provide holistic quality education to Ghanaian children.

Such moves, he said were in line with the Service’s mandate, which was to ensure that it delivered quality, inclusive, holistic, and relevant education to achieve improved learning outcomes for the benefit of all Ghanaian children of school-going age without any discrimination.

Dr. Nkansah, was speaking at the inauguration of a library complex constructed by the Deloitte Ghana, with support from Spring-Up Global Network for the Aburi cluster of schools in the Eastern region.

He said his outfit would continue to partner other organizations to help provide good educational interventions to augment efforts by the government of Ghana in providing quality education for every Ghanaian school going child.

‘Our work impacts every home; thus, we uphold the values of pa
rtnerships and collaboration to ensure we work with all stakeholders to achieve our objectives,’ he pointed out.

He applauded Deloitte and Spring-UP Global Network for playing a significant role in transforming the educational landscape, saying, ‘through your diligent efforts and work with us, I am pleased to learn that within 20 months, the Deloitte World Class Initiative has provided eight libraries with over 9,400 books and impacted over 23,000 learners across five regions in Ghana.’

Dr. Nkansah expressed confidence that those libraries would empower the pupils and students to broaden their horizons, deepen their understanding of diverse subjects, and cultivate critical thinking skills essential to succeed in the 21st century.

Ms. Akorfa Ama Akoto, Executive Director of Spring-Up Global Network, said, the partnership between Deloitte and her outfit had not only brought them closer to their shared goal of promoting literacy, but had also made a significant impact on the lives of thousands of children in
Ghana.

She mentioned that the commissioning of the Aburi Library had increased their impact to 23,319 learners in the country.

She commended Deloitte for funding the project and continuously supporting the Spring-Up Project team to achieve that feat.

The Aburi Cluster of Schools library is a 50-seater capacity facility stocked with 1,100 books, mainly authored by Africans, on topics such as literature, personal development, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The library also has a reading floor for learners in the early grades.

Source: Ghana News Agency

We are bringing free tertiary education for the disabled – Dr Bawumia


Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has assured of introducing a free tertiary education policy for Persons with Disability (PWDs) if he elected the president of Ghana on December 7, 2024.

‘A lot of the disabled are also very sharp, smart, and brilliant but they don’t have the help and so we are bringing in free tertiary education for disabled people in Ghana,’ he said.

Dr Bawumia said this in Wa at the weekend during a meeting with Islamic clerics as part of his campaign tour to the Upper West Region.

The successful implementation of the Free Senior High School (FSHS) policy had offered an opportunity for people who, otherwise, would have dropped out of school due to financial challenges to have access to secondary education, he said.

Dr Bawumia, therefore, expressed the belief that the introduction of free tertiary education for PWDs would enable them to have access to tertiary education and training, irrespective of their financial status.

Some 1,000 special education tea
chers would also be recruited at the start of the free tertiary education for PWDs policy.

He was confident of the success of the policy, if he was given the opportunity, following the successful implementation of 33 policies as a Vice President, including the Free SHS and the Digitalisation agenda such as the Mobile Money interoperability.

Dr Bawumia also touched on the restoration of the Arabic teachers’ allowance, diversification of the country’s energy sources, supporting the mining sector for the country to get the best out of the nation’s natural resources as other policy interventions.

He said agriculture was a priority, hence he would transform the sector through commercialisation, mechanisation, improving access to credit facilities, and irrigation farming as the northern sector of the country had a comparative advantage.

Dr Bawumia also reiterated his stance against the LGBTQ+ as being against the religious beliefs, social values and culture of the Ghanaian people.

‘I want to make it once again
very, very clear on the issue of LGBTQ. Our Quran doesn’t accept it, and we will not accept it. I will not accept it as president of this country.

The Bible doesn’t accept it, and our African traditional values don’t accept it. So, we will not in any way, no matter the consequences, accept it,’ he said.

Sheikh Ahmed Yakubu, an Islamic Scholar and Deputy Regional Imam of the Al Sunnah Wal Jama’ah, commended the Vice President for declaring his stance against the LGBTQ+, saying: ‘… It is against our Quran and Hadith, so I thank you very much and I commend you for that.’

He appealed to the Vice President to use his office to facilitate the accreditation of an Islamic Training College being constructed in the region to help in the training of quality Islamic teachers for the country.

Mr Kwabena Agyapong, Senior campaign aid to Dr Bawumia, Mr Dan Botwe, the NPP election 2024 campaign chairperson, Mr Sulley Sambian, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Development Authority, and Mr Carlos Ahenkra, Member of Parlia
ment for Tema West, were among the members of Dr Bawumia’s team during the tour.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Old student of TWIPAS donates to alma mater


A past student of the Twifo Praso Senior High School, Mr Isaac Nana Kojo Antwi, has donated assorted items to his alma mater to enhance teaching and learning.

The items included two sets of computers, six boxes of bulbs for street lighting, and a double bed.

Speaking at a short ceremony to hand over the items, Mr Antwi said the gesture was to support quality education delivery in the school and promote the teaching and learning of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to enhance the schools’ academic performance.

He charged the management of the school to handle the items with maximum care and advised the students to concentrate on their studies to pass their examination successfully.

Mr Daniel Aidoo, Headmaster, lauded the efforts of Mr Antwi to improve the school’s performance and appealed for more support from other students, organisations and the Government to enhance the wellbeing of the school.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Chillinga Basic School student tops 2023 BECE in Nkwanta South


Gilbert Asagba, a student from the Chillinga M/A Junior High School, has topped the 2023 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the Nkwanta South Municipality of the Oti Region.

Asagba was one of two outstanding students in the municipality, who obtained high scores in the BECE; Aggregate 16.

Francisca Ntsosu from the Kecheibi Junior High school obtained Aggregate 19 in the girl’s category.

Mr Prince Safori Amponsah, the Nkwanta South Municipal Exams Coordinator, addressing the media at a review of the 2023 BECE performance, said the performance in the Municipality had improved significantly when compared to the 2021 and 2022 results.

In 2021 a total of 2,030 students were registered and obtained 44.4 per cent pass but the results dropped in 2022 after 1,956 candidates were registered with 42.4 per cent pass.

Mr Amponsah said the Education Directorate came out with a strategic plan to improve the performance, which included vacation and extra classes for candidates, and provision of past quest
ions through the support of Mrs Samira Bawumia, wife of the Vice President.

He said through regular monitoring of the various interventions by the Education Directorate, a 61.3 per cent pass was recorded in 2023 with the total 1,981 candidates presented which he described as a significant improvement.

Touching on challenges to education in the municipality, Mr Amponsah mentioned annual tribal conflicts that ‘seriously’ affected schools within the Nkwanta Township, which caused student performance to drop yearly.

He spoke of the lack of logistics for regular monitoring and learning materials in some schools, which needed to be addressed.

Mr Amponsah commended Mrs Bawumia and Mr Geoffrey Kini, Member of Parliament for Nkwanta South, for supporting the extra classes of the candidates, as

well as the various NGOs their assistance to the Ghana Education Service in improving the academic performance of the students.

He called on headteachers, teachers, parents and the students to get on board in making educat
ion an utmost priority for a better future.

He congratulated the best performing candidates for their achievement, especially as they hailed from communities considered among the deprived in the Municipality.

Source: Ghana News Agency

From Engineering to Entertainment: Marioking XXXL’s inspiring journey


In Ghana’s vibrant music and film scene, new music sensation Marioking XXXL is making waves.

Originally an engineer, he has fully embraced his passion for music and videography. His latest release, ‘Word Up,’ a heartfelt tribute to his late friend, marks a significant milestone in his creative journey.

This single is part of his EP, ‘High LANDN,’ which is now available on all major platforms.

The video for ‘Word Up’ is also available on YouTube. Marioking’s transition from engineering to the arts is more than a career change; it’s a testament to following one’s true calling.

His brave decision had led to the creation of ‘High LANDN,’ an EP that showcases his lyrical prowess and emotional depth, combining contemporary music with traditional Ghanaian sounds.

This collection of songs reflects his journey and the experiences that have shaped him, both as an engineer and as an artist. In addition to his musical endeavors, Marioking XXXL is gaining recognition as a videographer.

His keen eye for detail and st
orytelling ability have earned him accolades in the industry, proving that his talents extend beyond music. Although still on the rise, he is steadily building his reputation and honing his craft in both music and videography.

Marioking XXXL’s story is an inspiring reminder that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams. His journey from engineering to entertainment exemplifies the courage needed to follow one’s passion.

As ‘Word Up’ continues to gain traction, fans can enjoy the full EP, ‘High LANDN,’ across all platforms.

With his unique blend of heartfelt lyrics, captivating melodies, and visual storytelling, Marioking XXXL is poised to make a significant impact on the Ghanaian music scene and beyond.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Music trio ‘No Nation Gang’ releases highly anticipated EP ‘Mpoano to Global’


Elmina-based music trio known as ‘No Nation Gang’ has released their much anticipated Extended Play (EP), titled ‘Mpoano to Global’.

With a dynamic blend of traditional rhythms and Afrobeats, the five-track EP is sure to fascinate audiences with its distinct style and originality.

With the release of their new project, the music group consisting of three good friends namely Zubu, Second Paa, and BadOne Sticky hope to rekindle global interest in classic trap music.

According to the music trio, they are prepared to conquer any obstacles that may arise as they strive for global popularity and household name recognition.

The ‘No Nation Gang’ say they are poised to take the mantle of taking ‘ghetto’ music to the next level and claim their throne of stardom.

‘Our new EP is a music masterpiece that tells the unique story of the Fanti youth and the plights in their everyday lives. The EP tells a unique story, inviting listeners to immerse themselves in the evolving world of Ghanaian music,’ said Zubu.

The new E
P, curated in collaboration with Yve Digital, has five hard-hitting tracks, including ‘Sika Fi,’ ‘Emotions,’ ‘Daakye,’ ‘Top,’ and ‘Menhwe.’

With the release of the ‘Mpoano to Global’ EP, the music trio says they aim to transcend musical borders, reach a wider audience, and spread the joy of African music.

The music project is widely available across various streaming platforms, with the music video for ‘Menhwe’ currently out on Youtube.

Source: Ghana News Agency