Stay focused, give of your best – President inspires BECE candidates


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has extended his best wishes to the 2024 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates, urging them to stay focused.

They should remain calm and give of their best, because a bright future awaits them, he noted.

The President, in a message to the candidates, said the nation was behind them.

‘Remember, your hard work and dedication have brought you this far,’ he advised.

The message reminded the candidates of the significant milestone in their educational journey, therefore, it behooved them to eschew any form of examination malpractice.

‘Honesty and integrity are values that will serve you well throughout your lives.

‘Approach each paper with a clear mind, answer the questions to the best of your ability, and trust in the knowledge and skills you have acquired over the years,’ the President stated.

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says a total of 569,095 candidates would sit for this year’s BECE, which starts on Monday, July 08.

Of that fig
ure, 282, 648 are males and 286,447 females, with 19,506 schools participating in the examination.

‘This figure represents a decrease of 5.29 per cent compared to the 2023 entry figure of 600,900.’ Mr John K Kapi, Head of Public Affairs, WAEC National Office, announced this at a press conference in Accra, ahead of the examination.

The examination will be administered in 2,123 locations around the nation, with 2,123 supervisors, 1,889 assistant supervisors, and 19,973 invigilators on duty to ensure the test runs smoothly.

Source: Ghana News Agency

156 pupils graduate from Gold Fields schools complex in Tarkwa


The Gold Fields Schools Complex has held a graduation ceremony for its 156 students who would be writing the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), which takes off on Monday July 8, 2024.

They were presented with certificates of completion and those who excelled in their various subjects were given special awards.

The event, the fourth edition, also saw the induction into office of the Students Representative Council (SRC) on the theme: ‘Sustaining quality education in Gold Fields Schools Complex; The role of stakeholders’.

The Guest Speaker, Nana Adarkwa Bediako III, Gyaasehene of Apinto Divisional Area, explained that sustaining quality education was under the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Four, which guards the whole world on how to sustain development.

‘Quality education starts from home not the walls of Gold Fields Schools Complex. Our parents should ensure that they train their children properly at home, and with little effort from our teachers your children will be good citizens and h
ave values that are well recognized in the society,’ he said.

He said the graduands were exiting one stage of their lives to another, adding: ‘The values you have learnt in school and home should enrich you in the new institutions’.

‘You should prepare yourselves as ambassadors of this noble school and Tarkwa’.

He charged the candidates to gather courage and write the examination with boldness and believe in themselves that they would have good grades and continue their education to a higher level.

Nana Bediako pledged that with the support of the GFGF, he would ensure the construction of a three-unit classroom block for the school before the next graduation.

Mr Douglas Konlaw Baare, the Headmaster of Gold Fields Junior High School, said last year the school presented 148 candidates for the BECE, most of whom had admission into the category ‘A’ schools, and they were proud of that achievement.

‘For this year, it’s not easy because we are turning in a new curriculum, this is something nobody knows of, we
don’t know how the issues will turn up, there is nothing to review on, we are only trusting that whatever we taught our students they will have questions on that, so we are pleading that they help us maintain the school’s enviable records’ he indicated.

Mr Baare expressed appreciation to the Gold Fields Ghana Limited for the support ranging from infrastructure and furniture since the inception of the school.

He said the school urgently needed a three-unit classroom block, furniture, computer laboratory and accommodation.

‘Currently all our staff live outside the school. I’m appealing to GFGF to help accommodate some of them around the school, so they can assist when the need arises’.

Mr Abdel-Razak Yakubu, the Executive Secretary of Gold Fields Ghana Foundation, said the Mine established the school decades ago, which had produced impactful human resource for the country.

‘Many leadership positions are now being held by students who attended this school. We are happy to see how the school continues to imp
act the lives of our children,’ he said.

Mr Benjamin Kessie, the Municipal Chief Executive, Tarkwa Nsuaem, and the Municipal Director of Education, Mrs Catherine Andoh-Mensah, entreated parents to keep on sacrificing for their children, while they moved to the next level of education.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Some 40,906 BECE candidates ready for BECE in Western Region


The Western Region is presenting some 40,906 candidates for the 2024 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), starting July 8.

The figure represents a female population of 20,682 and a male of 20,217 given credence to the fact that more girls usually achieved basic education, but more males precede to the next level of higher education.

Ms. Betty Etroo, the Western Regional Public Relations Officer, Ghana Education Service, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Sekondi that 1,455 invigilators had been deployed at the 132 centres created for the examination.

This involves 1,355 schools including 809 public schools and 546 private schools.

She, therefore, encouraged students to finish well by keeping to their books.

‘I can trust that teachers have done their bit and yours as a student is to prove yourself. You are not to go to the examination hall with mobile phones or any foreign material.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Bia West MP presents textbooks to Health Faculty of KAAf University


Mr Augustine Tawiah, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Western North Region, has donated more than 90 different book titles to the Faculty of Health at the KAAF University College at Kasoa in the Central Region.

The donation, done in collaboration with Louis and Friends, a non-governmental organisation, comprised 3,200 textbooks on nursing, midwifery, public health, medical laboratory technology, pharmacy, and physician assistant studies.

The MP, an educationist and council member of the university, was described as an ‘advocate of education.’

Mrs Constance Phyllis Puttick, Manager of Corporate Affairs, Academic Planning and International Relations of KAAF University, who donated the items on behalf of the MP, said the MP’s vision was for students to improve on learning by acquiring the necessary books.

The MP aims to grant scholarship to 100 students from the Western North constituency every academic year, and the gesture was to consolidate the founder’s initiative, she said.

‘And so his vision as a
n MP is to see that tertiary students are equipped with the requisite books to gain the knowledge in their various fields of study,’ she noted.

Mrs Puttick said the university had introduced an electronic library where students accessed e-books and urged them to utilize the library, study diligently, and replicate the MP’s gesture to help their peers.

The Rector of the University, Prof. Kobla Dei, received the items on behalf of the institution and expressed gratitude to the MP for the gesture.

He said the books would significantly improve the students’ knowledge base and practical skills, as the university trained quality nurses, midwives, and public health educators.

He pledged the institution’s commitment to maintaining them for the benefit of future students.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GNPC Foundation hands over six-unit classroom block to Ahamansu Islamic SHS


The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has handed over a six-unit classroom block with ancillary facilities to the authorities of Ahamansu Islamic Senior High School (AHISEC) at Ahamansu in the Kadjebi District of the Oti Region.

At a ceremony to hand over the edifice, Mr Benedict Adde, a Senior Officer with GNPC Foundation, said in an attempt to ensure that the oil resources were distributed equally, GNPC Foundation was established in 2017 through the visionary leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa-Akufo-Addo, which had since constructed many school blocks.

GNPC Foundation is the Corporate Social Investment arm of the GNPC dedicated to impacting on the lives of people and communities.

He said the Foundation sought to impact the quality of life of Ghanaians, believing that the delivery of quality education, and environmental tidiness was essential to ensuring that every Ghanaian, no matter their geographical location, benefitted from the oil money.

Mr Adde said education remained an important
ingredient for national development, for which reason the Foundation was investing in the sector to make it accessible to every Ghanaian child.

He said the Foundation also had a scholarship scheme for everyone and that one was entitled to a GHS7,000.00 package a year.

Mr Adde charged the students to apply and get the support, while urging them to maintain the edifice to prolong its lifespan.

Mr Wilson Kwami Agbanyo, the Kadjebi District Chief Executive (DCE), commended the Foundation for the edifice, saying that the block would enhance teaching and learning.

He said the late Alhaji Rashid Bawa, former High Commissioner to Nigeria, lobbied for the project before his untimely death in March 14, 2024.

Mr Agbanyo said to develop sport talents that abound in the District, Mr Bawa also lobbied for an Astroturf for the district, so the GNPC Foundation Officials should consider that request too.

The DCE said over 2000 desks were distributed to schools across the district since assumption of office in 2021, but
‘we still have a deficit of over 3,000 desks because the enrollment figures have risen due to the NPP government’s robust policy on education.’

‘We believe that the GNPC Foundation can supply us with some desks to augment what we are doing as an Assembly,’ he added.

Mr Agbanyo advised the students to learn hard and pass their examinations with ease to justify the investment made in them by government and parents.

Imam Salisu Mohammed Ali, a Board Chairman, AHISEC, applauded the GNPC Foundation for supporting the only Islamic Senior High School in both Volta and Oti regions with the structure.

He said more of such edifices were needed to boost enrollment and therefore, appealed to the Foundation for additional infrastructure.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Youth urged to equip themselves with skills training for self-employment


Dr Nora Bannerman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of Sleek Garment Export Limited, has advised the youth especially women to groom and equip themselves into skills training to become self sufficient, self-employed and independent to achieve their goals.

She said skills training helped in developing specific abilities, competencies, and techniques for effective performance in an occupation, adding that it would help them maximize their abilities for effective productivity.

She was speaking at the graduation ceremony of Sleek Garment Export Limited on the theme: ‘Relevant Skills Development And Its Empowerment Of Women And The Youth In The 21st Century.’

Mrs Bannerman said some challenges students faced during skills in the trade industry were lack of funds for transport and feeding, which she appealed to parents and stakeholders to help find lasting solutions to those challenges.

She called on government and all other institutions to offer skills training especially in the vocational training sector to equ
ip youths to develop more skills.

Mrs Bannerman added that, the textiles and garment industry has generated thousands of jobs in previous years, saying that, this indicated how the industry could create jobs within shortest possible time when development was made into building the industry.

The CEO advised the fashion space to collaborate with each other to enable them boost the growth of the garment and textiles industry and also produce more ideas to thrive the textile business.

Dr Zenator Agyeman Rawlings, Member of Parliament for Korle Klottey Constituency, who was at the ceremony advised the graduants to collaborate with each other and impact the knowledge they have into others to aid economic development.

She said they must continue to learn and practise their skills to generate positive results which would add value to their work.

‘Remember that someone gave me the opportunity to make my vision come true, therefore, you should also make room for other people, that is how we build the community for
people who have the skills and the passion’, she said.

She charged graduands to pay key details to their work to be able to influence their clients and not repeat mistakes from their predecessor’s.

Dr Elizabeth Dzigbordi Obinnim, Senior Lecturer, Sleek Garment Export Limited, urged all graduands to take keynote on skill development because it is a powerful tool in self growth, saying, it equips individuals not just with the pratical abilities to perform task but with the confidence to innovate and adapt in the dynamic landscape.

She said acquiring relevant skills opened doors to not only employment but also empowerment and independence, especially, women and the youth who were often disproportionately affected by the social and economic challenges.

She expressed her appreciation for the hard work and the determination they have developed, and capacity to contribute meaningfully to Ghana’s growing fashion industry.

‘Each stitches they sew, which designs they create and each strategy they implemented carri
ers the potential to not just change their own life but the fabrics of their community’, She added.

According to the Senior Lecturer, we must empower women through education to raise leaders armed with skills and knowledge to become the innovators and leaders of the future.

This, she said, the empowerment through education will not just provides skills, but rather nurture leaders who are conscious of their potentials and responsible in shaping life.

The graduation ceremony saw 100 graduates who were awarded in Advance Professional Certificates for their participation in the clothing or fashion design course.

Source: Ghana News Agency