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Free SHS Collapsing; Schools Supposedly Started Billing Parents Gh¢1,000 As Feeding Fees; Shocking Names Drops

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Free SHS Collapsing; Schools Supposedly Started Billing Parents Gh¢1,000 As Feeding Fees; Shocking Names Drops

In the wake of food shortages that have hit Senior High Schools in Ghana, Wesley Girls Senior High School, an A-rated school in the Central Regional Capital has collected an amount of Ghc1,000 from parents in order to feed their wards for a term.

Although Secondary School is supposed to be absolutely free under the Free SHS program, following food shortage, authorities at Wesley Girls in a meeting agreed with the parents to pay an amount of Ghc1000 to ensure their wards are well-fed with quality well-balanced meals.

The Cape Coast school is one of many Senior High Schools in Ghana under the Free SHS program that has been hit by food shortage due to alleged lack of resources to support the program. The Buffer Stock Company has also been struggling to provide food to support the schools.

Some parents told this portal that although they were not forced by the school to pay the amount, the school authorities wanted the matter of the payment to be confidential and secret as government could take action against the school if it came to light.

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Another parent who considered the amount excessive said majority of the parents could afford hence there was little room for consideration of those who couldn’t afford it. Other parents also feared their wards could be victimized by Wesley Girls authorities if they refused to pay or questioned the amount.

The situation in Wesley Girls SHS was said to have reached  dire and deteriorated levels where the students went to the Dining hall because it was compulsory but could not eat due to the food situation where students took their own bread and sugar for breakfast.

Wesley Girls is not the only school affected but is so far the only school to levy parents for feeding purposes. It is not clear if the others are also doing same secretly.

Schools such as Labone SHS, Accra Academy, Accra Girls, Presec Legon, Achimota, St Marys and many more schools in the Greater Accra, Central Region, Ashanti Region, Upper East/West and the Volta Region are affected.

So called big schools include Mfantsipim School, Opoku Ware, Prempeh College, St. Augustine’s College, Adisadel College, Ghana National College, Yaa Asantewaa Girls, St. Louis are all affected.

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Porridge like light soup

A student of Mfantsipim School said the porridge served to them in the school has no sugar and is light like water.

“The porridge is too light and without bread and so in the morning I don’t go to the dining hall.” He is quoted by a sister media outlet earlier.

Another student said: “Sometimes the quantity is small.”

The headmaster of the school Rev. Ebenezer Aidoo said the food situation was dire, but the school was working around the clock to address the situation.

The Headmaster of St Augustine’s, Henry Arthur-Gyan, also said the school had no option but to manage the situation.

“We know there are challenges and so we manage with what we are provided. There is not much we can do about it,” he stated.

On the part of Ashanti Regional Chairman of the conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), Rev. Fr Stephen Owusu Sekyere, most schools in the region were facing an inadequate supply of food items, with the major challenge being vegetables, palm oil, sugar and flour.

Rev. Fr Sekyere, who doubles as the Headmaster of the Opoku Ware School (OWASS), said at times “students come to the dining hall with their own sugar. But we have been managing with the little we have and when it gets finished, we wait for the supplier.”

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“Because I don’t want the students to demonstrate during my tenure, at times I have to dig into my pocket to buy some of the items from the open market just to ensure that the students are okay,” he said.

He said at times when the supply came, “we get about five gallons of oil, which do not last two weeks for a student population of over 3,000.”

“This is even for schools in the metropolis; you can imagine what those in the hinterlands are going through,” he added.

Source:  www.GhanaCNN.com

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1996-Year Group Of Amosu Hands Over Project To School 

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1996-Year Group Of Amosu Hands Over Project To School

The 1996-year group of Assin Manso Old Students Union (AMOSU), has handed over a well-furnished domestic bursar’s office to augment the numerous infrastructure deficit of the school in the Central Region.

The construction of the GH¢35,000 project, has transformed the compound into a beautiful site.

The Reverend Father Eric Ngetea Kabeniah, Chairman of the 1996-year group, said the construction of a domestic bursar’s office was long overdue, so the group out of love for the school honoured the call

The handing-over ceremony coincided with the 57th Founder’s Day celebration of the school.

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He said their alma mater provided them with the best tuition and moral training that made them responsible citizens for the country.

Rev. Kabeniah, encouraged and advised the students to take their studies seriously and expressed joy about the good behaviour of the students when the group visited the school.

In turn, he applauded the teachers for their hard work, teaching the students good moral values and preparing students to meet emerging challenges of digitisation.

Mr Eric Nyarko, the headmaster of the school who received the keys to the building expressed profound gratitude to the 1996-year group who had been supporting the school.

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He assured the group that they would take good care of the facility for longevity.

1996-year group of AMOSU hands over project to school 

He also appealed to other year groups who were yet to get on board to emulate their kind gesture and advised year groups currently sponsoring projects for the school to intensify their support.

Mr Emmanuel Appiah-Kubi, Chairman of the Parent-Teacher Association of the school lauded the efforts of the 1996-year group and appealed for more.

Assin Manso Senior High School was established in November 1965 to serve the Assin South District of the Central Region but has become one of the best schools in the Region.

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Currently the population of the school is about 3,000 with a teaching staff strength of about 200 and 75 non- teaching staff.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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256 Teachers Sue GES Over Promotional Exams Failure

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256 Teachers Sue GES Over Promotional Exams Failure

A teacher in a secondary school explain by means of graphics the fundamental of economics.

Some 256 teachers have sued the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Attorney General over their mass failure in the December 2021 promotional examinations.

The teachers, who are on the Assistant Director Grade II position, sat for the Assistant Director Grade I promotion examination at the Ada Training College Centre.

Mr James Enu, counsel for the applicants (teachers), told the Ghana News Agency that none of the 256 teachers, who wrote the exams at that centre passed, adding that, such an occurrence was bizarre.

Mr Enu said even though the applicants petitioned the GES to investigate the issue, they were informed that nothing untoward was found in the circumstances leading to their failure.

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He said the applicants, however, believed that the GES did not conduct any investigations into the issue, therefore, he wrote on behalf of his clients to the Service to request for their scripts and scores, but no response was received to that effect.

He added that it was also worrying that the pass mark for the exams was not disclosed to the candidates before they sat for it but rather, they were informed after the examination that they had all failed the paper.

He said it was based on these that the applicants took legal action against the GES seeking the court to set aside the results of the exam and order GES to furnish the applicants with their exams scores and scripts, as well as put an injunction on the defendant to prevent them from organizing other exams until the determination of the case.

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Mr Oheneba Akyea Mensah, representatives of the teachers, said the issue had affected them psychologically, emotionally, and physically making it difficult for them to properly discharge their duties as teachers.

Mr Mensah said during the exams some of the applicants did not have index numbers and were asked to use their staff numbers, adding that one was also absent while another got involved in an accident but all of them were declared as failed.

He said they wanted to set a precedence as this was not the first time such incidents have occurred.

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Meanwhile, the Tema High Court ‘B’ presided over by Justice Emmanuel Ankamah, has set December 12, 2022, for the movement of the application.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Here Is Why Teacher Unions Want New GES Boss Out

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Here Is Why Teacher Unions Want New GES Boss Out

Effective November 4, 2022, three teacher unions in the country began an industrial action over their disapproval of the appointment of Dr. Eric Nkansah as the acting Director General of Ghana Education (GES).

The unions are the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana.

Appointment of Dr. Nkansah as GES boss:

After the termination of the contract of Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa as the GES boss on October 18, 2022, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo appointed Dr. Eric Nkansah to act as the new Director-General of the Ghana Education Service.

His appointment took effect on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

The appointment, according to a statement signed by Secretary of the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante, is in consonance with Section 19 (1), (2) (a) and (b) of the Pre-Tertiary Education Act, 2020 (Act 1049).

“Pursuant to Section 19 (1), (2) (a) and (b) of the Pre-Tertiary Education Act, 2020 (Act 1049), I am pleased to inform you that the President has appointed you to act as the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (the “Service”) pending receipt of the constitutionally required advice of the governing Council of the Service, given in consultation with the Public Services Commission.

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“Your appointment Is effective October 19, 2022. I take this opportunity to congratulate you formally on your appointment. Kindly indicate your acceptance or otherwise of this appointment, within 14 days of receipt of this letter,” the letter read in part.

Why teacher unions want Dr. Nkansah out

Following this appointment, the President of NAGRAT, Angel Carbonou, addressed a press conference in Accra to express the disappointment of the union and its allies in the new appointment.

According to the association, Dr Eric Nkansah is a banker who has no background in teaching, hence the reason they are rejecting his appointment.

He added that the appointment of the banker comes as a surprise as he is also a special assistant in the office of the minister.

“What annoyed and surprised all of us was that a new Director General has been appointed to the Ghana Education Service.

“The authority to appoint Director General of GES is the President of the land. Unfortunately, contrary to what the teacher unions indicated that we would want a Director General who is a professional teacher who has passed through the mill and can bring his knowledge, skills and influence to bear on the activities of teachers and non-teachers in the GES.

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“Contrary to that, the gentleman who was appointed yesterday is not a teacher; he is a banking officer who was a special assistant in the office of the minister and has been appointed as the DG of the GES. We are not happy with this development; it is as of we don’t have professionals and well-educated people who have gone through the mill in education in this country to run education,” the association said at the press conference.

Striking teacher unions boycott day two of meeting with government:

After declaring a nationwide strike following the appointment of Dr Eric Nkansah by President Akufo-Addo as the Director General of the Ghana Education Service, the government and the unions held their first meeting on the matter on Monday, November 7, 2022.

“I can tell you on authority that so far, so good, we have had a very constructive meeting. The parties have agreed to adjourn and resume tomorrow 2 PM to continue with the deliberations.

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“We have not ended the meeting; the agreement here is that the two parties have agreed that we should adjourn and resume tomorrow 2 PM,” the president of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Rev. Isaac Owusu, told the media after the meeting on Monday.

However, the unions are said to have boycotted the second day of the meeting after it emerged that the government had lodged a complaint with the NLC over the industrial action by the labour unions.

The strike continues today.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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