Government urged to pay attention to basic education

The Campaign Against Privatisation and Commercialisation of Education (CAPCOE) has called for unwavering attention from the government on basic level education in the country.?

Mr Richard Kovey, the Convener of CAPCOE, said the foundation of education was critical for sustainable national and should never be taken for granted, however, more attention was rather being given to ‘Free Senior High Schools,’ (FSHS) neglecting the basic levels.

Mr Kovey told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview that most Basic schools were still running on shifts due to overcrowded classrooms, the unavailability of science labs, and the non-functioning Information and Communication Technology (ICT) laboratories.

He said the basic levels should even be given more attention, adding that before the FSHS, basic education received the highest percentage of the capitation budget, which had currently been diverted to the secondary schools.

He said it was only in the 2024 budget that allocations had been made for the full paymen
t of the capitation grant, because for some years now, the funds received had been very low.

Mr Kovey said it was about time the country restructured and updated its educational system to meet the needs of the 21st century.

He said it was sad that years after independence, Ghana was still grappling with challenges of training students who would be able to fabricate machines and structures to mine the country’s resources and foreigners were rather given the fields day to benefit.

‘Countries that want to move ahead focus more on skill training and project-based education, so that if the person wants to do business, we prepare the person practically for business,’ he said.

He said reforming and integrating new learning goals for sustainable development was very crucial in training skilled youth with the capabilities and competencies required to make them economically productive to contribute to society and enhance their well-being.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘We must pursue STEM Education with morals’ – Rev Opuni-Frimpong

Rev Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, a former General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana says Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) must be pursued with morals.

‘The STEM Education must have another M, standing for morality we should not overlook the need for morality in that level of education.’

He said Ghana had to make deliberate efforts in shaping the morals of the youth to ensure that morality was not disconnected from educational pursuits.

‘The Ministry of Education is doing so well with the STEM and I’m so excited with the STEM module schools but we can’t take away morality.’

He warned that if issues of morality were not incorporated into the STEM ‘we may be producing intelligent criminals in the near future.’

Dr Opuni-Frimpong also the Executive Director of the Alliance for Christian Advocacy, Africa, and a lecturer, mentioned that training people in engineering, pharmacy, ICT and other critical areas of science without morals could be a danger to society.

He made the submissi
ons as a guest speaker at Nkansa-Kyeremateng Memorial Lectures at the Kibi Presbyterian College of Education on the theme: ‘Presbyterian Discipline, A Critical Tool for Reshaping the Youth for Ghana’s Socio-economic Development’.

He explained that a moral vision that emanates from God consciousness and understanding, which determined what to be done right was critical to national development.

‘That is all the famous Presbyterian Discipline is all about to provide a moral compass that guides behaviour of people in all spheres of national affairs both the youth and old.’

The annual Memorial lecture has been instituted in memory of the late Rev Dr Nkansa Kyeremateng, a Presbyterian Minister and former Principal of the Kibi College of Education.

Prof E.V.O Dankwa, Chairperson of the School’s governing Council, said on the pillars of discipline and morality, Ghana could transform in development just like Malaysia and others.

He told the students that with discipline and integrity nothing could stand on their
way of success and therefore, urged them to be conscious of their behaviour.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Parliament schools press corps on new Standing Orders

Parliament at the weekend held a two-day capacity building workshop on the new Standing Orders for the Parliamentary Press Corps at the Aqua Safari Resort of Ada in the Greater Accra Region.

Standing Orders are the written rules, which regulate the proceedings of Parliament.

The new Standing Orders, passed by the House on December 21, 2023, and came into effect on January 2, 2024, address the evolving needs of Ghana’s dynamic and hybrid parliamentary democracy.

Mr Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament, in a virtual message to the workshop, lauded the role of the media in enhancing Ghana’s democracy.

‘For Members of Parliament, together with the parliamentary community, the press is a critical partner in transacting Parliamentary Business, which is the business of the people,’ the Speaker said.

‘There is a yawning gap between the representatives and the people, and that gap can only be linked and closed by a very important group of people or a very important institution referred to as t
he media, both traditional and new media.’

A similar workshop had already been organised for Members of Parliament, Speaker Bagbin said, and that the final group to be taken through the new Standing Orders would be civil society.

Mr Cyril Kwabena Oteng Nsiah, The Clerk to Parliament, said Parliaments of the Fourth Republic had, in consonance with the provisions of Article 110 of the 1992 Constitution, regulated procedures of the House by Standing Orders, which prescribe the rules and practices for the conduct of parliamentary business.

After 23 years of adherence to the provisions of the previous Standing Orders of the House, with minimal amendments, it was prudent that Parliament refines its processes and procedures in accordance with emerging legislative trends across the Commonwealth.

He said contemporary challenges, including demands for higher levels of transparency in the democratic process; inadequacy of manual work procedures in the effective discharge of the mandate of the Legislature; and the Co
vid-19 pandemic revealed some gaps in the Orders of House.

These require that the House adapts innovative techniques and strategies in order to deliver on the mandate of Parliament.

Moreover, the hung nature of the Eighth Parliament, which was the first of its kind since the inception of the Fourth Republic, presented a number of novel situations and challenges that were not within the contemplation of the drafters of previous Orders of the House.

Mr Nsiah said the revised Orders, adopted by a Resolution of the House on Thursday, 21st December, 2023, and took effect on 2nd January, 2024, introduced practices and procedures, including the recital of the National Pledge, the conduct of Parliamentary Business through virtual platforms, and clearly delineates the hierarchy of the Leadership of Parliament.

Mr Stephen Odoi-Larbi, the Vice Dean of the Parliamentary Press Corps, on behalf of the Dean, expressed gratitude to the Speaker and Parliament for organising the workshop for the members of the Press Corps.

‘As one of the custodians of our democracy, the media’s role in the seamless functioning of the legislative arm of government cannot be overemphasised,’ he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Former President Mahama promises guaranteed prices for cereals

Former President John Dramani Mahama has assured that farmers will be given guaranteed prices for cereals and other legumes if he is voted into power.

He said, ‘We will give minimum guaranteed prices to farmers to keep the cost of food stable in the country by allowing the private sector to join the National Buffer stock in their operation to mop up excess food in the system, even if the prices of cereals are low.’

He said this would help the Buffer stock to store and release the food when prices were high to keep enough food in the country and at the same time give farmers good price for their produce.

The former President was speaking at a farmers’ forum held at Tumu as part of the ‘Build the Ghana We Want tour’ to the Sissala area.

He said, ‘I know some of you have started the production of sesame, which is a high-value crop. Such farmers will be supported with small loans so that you can expand and export.’

Former President Mahama also outlined key initiatives to support the agricultural sector and e
xpressed the commitment to providing farm input and encouraged the formation of cooperatives among the farmers to make it easier for them to get the needed support.

He assured farmers that the farmers’ service centre he launched in Gwollu in 2016 would be brought back in all districts of the country to create a one-stop shop for the farmers to access inputs from fertilizer, seeds, machinery including a micro -credit scheme to farmers to borrow.

‘I will do something about the roads and the bridge especially from Bawiesebelle to Duu and the other areas to ensure that you cart your food products to market centres safely,’ he assured.

He added that with the poor implementation of the current government’s s One Village One Dam (1V1D) policy, which was poorly conceptualised, the government of NDC would build real dams that could contain water and sustain agriculture activities for both plants and animals.

Answering a question about the defunct cotton industry, he said if voted, they would revamp the cotton ginn
ery and give input to farmers for government to buy from them.

‘We have a ginnery here in Tumu, Bolgatanga and Tamale and I will bring back cotton production,’ he said.

The former president also addressed challenges in the education sector, promising to scrap the licensure exams and incorporate teacher trainee licensing into their final-year exams at the Colleges.

On agri business, Mr Mahama acknowledged and lauded the efforts of Kedan, a maize processing factory in Tumu, and expressed his commitment to support agribusiness of Kedan and others in line with his 24-hour economy promise.

Mr Mohammed Bataglia, the NDC Parliamentary candidate for the Sissala East, said John Mahama was a man of integrity and a man of his words who would not use deception to win power.

Mr Razak Mahama Navri, the Sissala East constituency chairman of the NDC called for unity and promised to work hard to snatch the Parliamentary seat from the ruling NPP.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Kpando rallies support for Hearts of Lions ahead of crucial encounter against RTU

Mr. Sebastian Deh, National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Candidate for the Kpando Constituency, has visited players of Kpando Heart of Lions at the Kpando Sports Stadium to motivate the players ahead of their encounter with Real Tamale United.

The visit was also to rally support for the Team to improve its position in the Ghana Premier League.

Mr Deh donated packs of bottled water to the Team to enable the team remained hydrated and energised throughout the game.

He commended the Team for their recent victory against Asante Kotoko Sporting Club, and urged the players to replicate the success with more emphatic triumph.

‘As you take to the field, do so not only as athletes, but as ambassadors of hope, inspiration, and the enduring spirit of Kpando,’ he said.

Mr Deh appreciated Mr. Eric Seddy Kutortse, Board Chairman of Kpando Heart of Lions, for his investments in developing Kpando especially his investments in the refurbishment of the Kpando Sports Stadium.

He underscored the importance of co
mmunity leaders such as Mr. Kutortse in nurturing and empowering the next generation of athletes.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Comfort Owusu’s strike sends Ghana top of Group A

The Black Princesses of Ghana have moved top of Group A after beating Ethiopia 1-0 in their opening game at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Saturday.

Comfort Owusu’s 59th minute goal was enough to get the Ghanaians to a flying start in the competition.

Coach Yussif Basigi’s ladies started the game under no pressure, as they dominated possession with an attacking approach.

The Princesses despite enjoying much of the balls failed to break the virginity of the game after several attempts.

Ethiopia on the other hand could not beat the solid Ghanaian defenders who kept their lines clean.

An exciting 45 minutes of play went barren with both sides enjoying fair share of possession.

Ghana after receiving enough pep talk from Coach Basigi came into the second half as wounded lionesses who were hoping to redeem themselves.

Owusu was right at the spot this time round to slot in a rebound in the 59th minute.

Abibah Issah’s second yellow card on the night saw her book a comfortable seat on the bench in the 78th m
inute after being shown a red card.

Ghana was served with some goalscoring opportunities in the dying minutes but could not capitalize on them as the game ended 1-0.

Source: Ghana News Agency