My son isn’t old enough to be in SHS – Dr Osei-Adutwum

Accra,- Dr Yaw Osei-Adutwum, the Education Minister, has refuted allegations that his son is enrolled in a private secondary school instead of the Government’s Free Senior High School programme.

He explained that his son was not old enough to be in a senior high school (SHS).

Last week, Dr Clement Apak, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Builsa South, accused the Minister of enrolling his son in a private senior high school instead of the public one.

He said the Education Minister, therefore, had no moral right to champion government’s Free SHS Policy because he did not trust the quality of education provided to students under the programme.

However, Dr Osei-Adutwum, responding to the allegation at a media briefing in Accra, said his son should never be part of his political career.

“I think politics has taken a new low, my son should never be a part of my political career and secondly I don’t have a son who is old enough to be in a senior high school,” he said.

“So suffice it to say that I have no further comment on that…”

The Minister said all the best senior high schools were in the public sector so why would he not enrol his child in a public SHS if he was really due.

The Minister said the Government had made giant strides in providing teaching and learning materials and expanded physical infrastructure like classroom blocks, dormitories, science laboratories and libraries among others for enhance secondary education across the country.

“We may not have the best education system in the world, but we have made giant strides over the past four years,” Dr Osei-Adutwum said.

He reiterated the Akufo-Addo-led government’s determination to providing free, compulsory and quality education to every Ghanaian child in the quest of “making Ghana the education hub of Africa”.

He said government was committed to building a robust education system that could compete with international best practices.

Dr Osei-Adutwum said government’s goal in implementing the Free SHS Policy was to transform the education system and make it play a pivotal role in socio-economic development.

“For education to be fit-for-purpose, we should have students who are creative and critical thinkers, especially in this fourth industrial revolution to navigate the world,” he said.

He mentioned access, quality, and relevance as three key areas government was focused on to improve education and transform the country’s economy in the near future.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Campus tours to be held in 5 universities across Ghana

Guinness Ghana Breweries PLC (GGBPLC) after a successful launch of its progressive portrayal initiative has extended the conversation to key universities in Ghana through campus tours with notable women society.

The series of conversations that will be held in 5 universities across the country started at the University of Professional Studies (UPSA), Accra today.

They form part of Guinness Ghana’s initiative to drive conversations around inclusion and diversity and push the narrative of a more representative, progressive and equal portrayal of women in advertising and media.

The first campus tour today served as a platform to reflect and spark conversations among these University students who will soon become key business leaders and decision makers and make major contribution to shaping policies which will be void of negative stereotypes and seek to depict the positive and progressive portrayal of women.

The 2-hour session centred around the theme: ‘Progressive Portrayal of women’ and convened over 200 students of UPSA to join the insightful and stimulating conversation.

The session provided speakers who have been identified as key influential personalities and change makers among the student demographic of Ghana. They brought their unique viewpoints to bear as they touched on topics ranging from, personal and professional experiences, perspectives on the gains made, challenges, overcoming negative women representation, weak representation of women as well as recommendation to shift the way women are portrayed.

The session featured influential media personality Caroline Sampson, Ama Pratt, CEO, MAP Concepts Ghana, Organisers of the Obaasima Summit, Abena Chrappah, Digital and Media Manager, Guinness Ghana and Dr John Kweku Mawutor, Dean of Graduate School, UPSA.

Abena Chrappah, Media and Digital Manager, Guinness Ghana was excited about the initiative.

She said, ‘At GGBPLC, people are key and at the heart of our business. In our bid to promote inclusive environments and shape market leading policies, we will continue to lead and extend the conversation beyond corporate Ghana to other crucial members of our society. We hope to truly encourage a truly progressive depiction and portrayal of women in all facets of our society especially in advertising. This goes a long way to deepen our commitment to ensuring inclusion and diversity which is our core mandate at Guinness Ghana.”

Ama Pratt, CEO, MAP Concepts Ghana said: “One of the key questions we asked ourselves while brainstorming for this year’s Obaasima summit was how we can shift the way in which women are portrayed in advertising. It was out of this that the partnership with Guinness Ghana for this year’s activities was birthed. Everything just fell into place and we are now leveraging on a conversation that has already been sparked by Guinness Ghana to reach key people such as students who also play a critical role in the progressive portrayal of women.”

The session ended on a happy and cheerful note with Guinness Ghana optimistic that the conversation will urge students to lend their voices to help depict women in a positive way.

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Source: Ghana Web

GES urged to develop guidelines for religious practice in schools

©Koforidua,- The Ghana Education Service (GES) has been urged to consider a comprehensive guideline to guide religious practices in Senior High Schools (SHS).

Rev Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, Founder of Alliance for Christian Advocacy Africa (ACAA), who made the call, said “The piecemeal solutions to matters of faith will end up demotivating governing boards, school managements, PTAs and religious bodies involved in education.”

He was speaking with the GNA in respect of the recent Rastafarians and Achimota School brouhaha and the Wesley Girls High School refusal to allow a Muslim student to fast during this year’s Ramadan, citing health reasons.

Rev Opuni-Frimpong was of the view that a comprehensive guideline that should be the point of reference in all faith and religious matters at all SHSs would forestall future brawl in schools.

The Minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana said the role of all stakeholders, including religious bodies, was critical and, therefore, all efforts must be made to ensure a healthy partnership.

Schools are run under the guidance of a board of governors, which and advise schools administrations to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic directions.

Source: Ghana News Agency