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Good News: Minister Of Education Finally Comes Out With The Date Schools Will Be Reopened

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Following the pandemic disease COVID-19 outbreak which has incited a lot of destruction in Ghana and the world as a whole. After two cases were reported in tertiary schools in Ghana, the Government closed down all schools until further notice.

The students of the final year were granted the opportunity to complete their course, leaving the remainder. Most of the students, teachers and parents are gaping up to the date when school will be resumed. You will never be available to those who want colleges, so at this moment you are not lucky.

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In an interview he had with Angel FM in Kumasi on the actual date all schools will be resumed, the Deputy Education Minister declared. Before the students returned to complete their course in the final year, he said, protocols were issued to prevent the spread of the pandemic disease and the same procedure they will do when schools reopen. In the interview, the radio host asked him about all the protocols, so we can know about the exact date schools we reopen to stop the false news circulated online.

In conclusion, he said that a date can not come out until the government is sworn in, although those who will be in their year in 2021 can.

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Ghana Education service will allow them to start classes on 21 January 2021 and the rest will stay home until further notice.

Source:GhanaCNN.com

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UTAG, TEWU and Others Issue Strong Statement On The Indefinite Strike -Wild Details Drop

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UTAG, TEWU and Others Issue Strong Statement On The Indefinite Strike -Wild Details Drop

All four labour unions in Ghana’s public tertiary education space have resolved to embark on an indefinite strike effective Thursday, October 13, 2022.

The unions made up of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Tertiary Education Workers Union (TEWU), Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana (SSA-UoG), and the Ghana Association of University Administration (GAUA) have given the government up to a week to resolve their concerns.

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“Following the Press Conference by UTAG, GAUA, SSA-UoG, and TEWU-GH with FUSSAG in attendance on Wednesday, 28″ September 2022 at the University of Professional Studies, Accra, the National Leadership of the four Labour Unions have had a series of engagements between some stakeholders of tertiary education in Ghana, including Vice Chancellors Ghana
(VCG).

“Upon further deliberations among the National Leaders, we write to communicate that the intended strike action of all labour unions in the public universities in Ghana takes effect from Thursday, 13 October 2022. This gives the employer and all stakeholders of tertiary education in Ghana one crucial week to reverse the directive that seeks to negatively compromise the Conditions of Service of University Workers.

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In the statement signed by the leadership of the various unions, members were entreated to stay calm and cooperate with leadership as we navigate this trying moment.

According to the unions, displeased with what they refer to as a” blatant unilateral variation of service in the face of hostile economic conditions.”

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Free SHS Has Been Beneficial To Ghana – Adutwum

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Free SHS Has Been Beneficial To Ghana – Adutwum

The Minister of Education, Yaw Osei Adutwum has dismissed claims that the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) programme has reduced the quality of education at the second cycle level in Ghana.

He said the programme has rather improved on the quality of education across the country the 75th anniversary of Dormaa Senior High School, Adutwum expressed worry over the low number of students studying science and mathematics in the institution.

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The Dormaa SHS in the Dormaa Central municipality of the Bono Region was established on 24 February 1947 by SK Yeboah and JM Oppong under the name Dormaa State College with just a student.

It currently boasts of 4,473 students with a staff strength of 166 graduate teachers and 47 non-teaching officials.

The headmaster of Dormaa SHS, Nicholas Mensah commended the government for the Free SHS and STEM programmes because that will go a long way to address youth unemployment.

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Payment of Allowances to Teachers in Deprived Communities; Important Update Drops

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Payment of Allowances to Teachers in Deprived Communities; Important Update Drops

In 2009 the Ghana Education Service have signed against the provision of the 2009 Collective Agreement between the Ghana Education Service and the Teacher Unions in the Education Service which enjoins GES in section 18.3 to pay allowances based on monthly gross salary to teachers posted to areas designated as deprived.

In August 2020, the Agreement was renewed and the government promised to pay allowances to teachers who accepted postings to deprived communities in Ghana. Two years today the government has not paid such allowances agreed upon to this class of teachers which have made schools in deprived communities to lack teachers as most of the teachers in such areas have left such communities.The three teacher unions namely, GNAT, NAGRAT and CCT are therefore reminding the government on this agreement to play it’s cards very well in honoring it’s part of the Agreement and this should be done before 31st December, 2022.
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The teacher unions have expressed sentiments of anxiety and disappointment in the government for trying to sabotage education in the deprived communities. They added that teachers in towns must not be treated same way as teachers in the deprived communities and this is because there are so many benefits that those in towns enjoy which are not available to those in the deprived places.

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As the government desired quality education for all, this should be done evenly so that every ghanaian will have the chance to access quality education. This can only be achieved when teachers are motivated to compete with the other public sector workers in living standard and not seen as people without future. The government is on this note reminded once more to motivate teachers very well since that class controls the development and growth of every country.

If a country will develop it is it’s education system that trains quality leaders and work force and this is achieved through quality teaching from the teachers. Nothing is possible if the foundamentals are week which means free senior high will not yield it’s desired results if the foundations from the basic schools are very weak.

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