CENDLOS trains teachers across the country

The Centre National Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDLOS) the implementing and coordinating agency for Technology-Mediated Learning and ICT development under the Ministry of Education has organized a training program for over three hundred teachers with various backgrounds across the country as part of the secondary improvement education program (SEIP).

The training focused on the effective use of iBox and iCampus Virtual Learning platforms which have been developed and deployed by CENDLOS in the national quest to reimagine education through ICT solutions.

While the iBox is an offline learning platform that does not require the use of internet data to access educational content, the iCampus is internet data-driven. The campus currently has over two million subscribers with three hundred and fifty thousand active users.

Speaking at the opening ceremony held at Erata Hotel in Accra and virtually broadcasted to Kumasi and Tamale, the Executive Director of CENDLOS, Nana Gyamfi Adwabour explained the rationale behind the two Virtual Learning interventions which are to complement teaching and learning at all levels, with a current focus on SHS.

The Executive director of CENDLOS made it clear that the President His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo and his Minister Hon. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum is poised to leverage current ICT solutions in its quest to deliver quality education to every Ghanaian irrespective of location. He also assured participants of the Ministry’s and agency’s full commitment to giving teachers the needed ICT training to help them develop new online pedagogical techniques.

The Head of CENDLOS further revealed that over one hundred and fifty-four Senior High Schools have already benefited from the ibox, with an additional eighty-five being installed and a projected hundred more by the end of the second quarter of 2022. Participants commended the Ministry of Education and CENDLOS for the innovation and training. They also gave inputs on how best the E-Learning platforms could be further improved to provide the needed equity for all students around the country.

The content on the iBox and iCampus platforms comprises lesson notes, lesson videos, and interactive quizzes on seven elective subjects and four core subjects.

Source: Ghana Web

Eighty PWD candidates write BECE in Central Region

Cape Coast,- A total of 80 Persons With Disability (PWD) of the 62,621 Junior High School candidates in the Central Region, including 44 females are participating in this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

Ms Joana Beyebenwo Cobbinah, Regional Special Education Coordinator told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that the figure represented a sharp increase from a total of 18 PWD candidates who wrote in 2020.

The PWDs are writing the examination in nine centres across the Region.

The centres are in Cape Coast, Awutu Senya, Efutu, Agona East, Upper Denkyira East, Fosu Municipal, Gomoa West, Awutu Senya East and Twifo Atti-Morkwa Districts.

Candidates with impairments including; low vision, hearing, learning or intellectual disabilities and physical challenges would be given extra time during the examinations.

The blind will use various braille types while paraplegics would be given recorders.

Social Studies and French Language are the first two papers being written on Monday.

Two hundred and one (201)Junior High Schools have been registered to write the 2021 BECE in 190 centres in the Region.

The total figure of 62,621 include; 1,331and 912 candidates from public schools and private schools respectively made up of 31,812 and 30,809 boys and girls.

Ms Cobbinah said the increase in PWD candidates formed part of moves by the Ghana Education Service (GES) and WAEC to ensure that students regardless of their predicaments were allowed to take part in the exams.

It is also to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all children to enhance their well-being.

She advised candidates against examination malpractices as that could mar their education and admonished parents to provide the needs of all candidates to enable them to come out successfully in their exams.

Any candidates who would be caught engaging in any form of examination malpractice could have their papers cancelled or prevented from writing the examination, Ms Cobbinah added.

Nonetheless, every candidate had the right to sit for the examination irrespective of circumstances such as pregnancy once he or she had registered.

They also have the right to report any invigilator they consider unfair or intimidating during the examination to the supervisor during or after the paper, she added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

BECE commences smoothly in Korle Klottey Municipality with nurses at centres

Accra,- The 2021 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) has started smoothly in centres in the Korle Klortey Municipality today, Monday, November 15, 2021, with nurses at the centres for emergencies, including COVID-19.

Apart from the late start of the examination at one centre, no major irregularity was recorded.

At the Calvary 1 Exams Centre, Adabraka, in the Korle Klottey Municipality, Madam Pearl Anipa, Supervisor at the Centre, said 319 candidates from eight schools were writing the examination.

She said out of the number, five were absent but failed to assign reasons.

Madam Anipa attributed the late start of the examination at the Centre to late arrival of the examination papers and shortage of answer booklets.

The Ghana News Agency (GNA) observed that COVID-19 protocols were being observed strictly.

When GNA visited the Accra High School Centre, the examination was in progress with strict adherence to all Covid-19 safety protocols, with a nurse under a shed.

Ms Noelle Boateng, the Supervisor, said 174 candidates from six schools were writing the examination, with three absent.

She said those absent were writing the Cambridge exams.

A total of 571, 894 candidates are writing the examination this year at 2,158 centres nationwide.

Mathematics and Basic Design and Technology will be written tomorrow, Tuesday, November 16.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Candidates writing 2021 BECE should not panic – Mayor

Kumasi,- Candidates sitting for the 2021 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in Kumasi, have been encouraged to overcome fear and concentrate on the task at hand.

“This is your first academic hurdle in life, so do not panic or engage in any malpractices since that could jeopardize your dreams,” Mr Sam Pyne, the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), noted.

According to him, there were lots of prospects ahead of the students, especially in the face of the implementation of the government’s ‘Free Senior High School (SHS)’ Programme, designed to contribute significantly to Ghana’s human resource development.

Mr Pyne, who was touring some BECE Centres in Kumasi, said the Metropolitan Assembly was with the candidates in prayers, therefore, it was expected of them to build confidence in the course of the examination.

He was accompanied by officials of the Ghana Education Service (GES).

A total of 10, 679 candidates, made up of 5, 083 boys and 5, 596 girls, drawn from 216 public and private schools in the metropolis, are writing this year’s examination scheduled between November 15-19.

In 2020, a total of 10, 365 candidates wrote the BECE, comprising 4, 990 boys and 5, 375 girls, according to figures released by the GES.

Some centres visited by the delegation included Opoku Ware School (OWASS) A, B, C and D, Kumasi Secondary and Technical School A and B, as well as Kumasi Anglican A, B and C.

All these centres had their examination papers intact and ready with the candidates present as they observed the COVID-19 safety protocols.

Mr Pyne cautioned the candidates to adhere to instructions given by the supervisors and invigilators in the course of the examination.

He urged them should demonstrate discipline at all times for the success of the academic exercise.

Mr David Oppong, the Metropolitan Director of Education, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), on the sidelines of the visit, said a total of 44 centres clustered into 23 locations were hosting the candidates.

The authorities, he said, were monitoring strictly the ongoing examination to foster sanity in the exercise.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NCCE calls for national cohesion in the fight against violent extremism

Jirapa, (UW/R),- The Jirapa Municipal Directorate of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in the Upper West Region has called for national cohesion and unity on the part of citizens to help safeguard the country against terrorists and extremists attack.

It said the activities of violent extremists and radicalism was on the ascendancy in the neighbouring Sahel regions and was likely to spill over into the country.

Mr Ambaahikpiengu Norbert, the Jirapa Municipal Director of NCCE made the call in Jirapa during an engagement with Inter-Party Dialogue Committee Members and other Stakeholders in the municipality comprising, representatives of political parties, religious groups, youth and women groups, PWDs and CSOs.

The event, organized by the NCCE with sponsorship from the European Union (EU), was aimed at dialoguing and identify early warning signals of extremist violence, community surveillance and measures to counter radicalization of the youth and prevent violent extremist spill over in Ghana.

Mr Ambaahikpiengu said there was dire need for national cohesion and unity in the country indicating that Article 41(c) of the constitution enjoins all as a duty to “foster national unity and live in harmony with others”.

He said “All must therefore safeguard the peace we are enjoying for the development of the country”.

Chief Inspector Francis Ackon, a representative of the Jirapa Municipal Police Command educated participants on violent extremism, radicalization among others.

He said Ghanaians should not be complacent over the terrorist threats and called for the security conscious of their immediate environment and report suspicious characters to the security agencies.

He assured informants of the safety and security of their identity should they report any suspected characters or activities to the security agencies saying, “Most at times it is rather the informants that expose themselves through their interactions with their friends and relatives”.

Ms Sefakor Akoto, a representative from the Upper West Regional Directorate of the NCCE entreated the participants to make sure they enlighten the various groups they represent on the negative impact of violence extremism activities to help secure the peace and unity in the country for development.

Mr Godfrey Namilla, the Chairman for the Inter-Party Dialogue Committee, who also chaired the occasion called on the people to resort to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism in solving their differences instead of violent ways, to safeguard the country.

He called on the political parties to tolerate each other’s views and make use of the Inter-Party Dialogue Committee when they have issues between and amongst them.

The participants also issued a joint statement committing themselves to ensuring peace and security in the area.

Source: Ghana News Agency

2022 WCQ: Andre Ayew praises ‘unbelievable’ Jordan Ayew for his superb display against South Africa

Andre Ayew has lauded his younger brother, Jordan Ayew for his impressive performance against South Africa in Ghana win.

The Black Stars secured their place in the playoffs of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers after beating South Africa by a lone goal at the Cape Coast Stadium.

Jordan has come under scrutiny for his goal drought for Ghana, which dates back to November 2019, when he scored a penalty in the 1-0 win over Sao Tome and Principe in a 2021 AFCON qualifying match.

But the Crystal Palace forward silenced his critics by putting up one of his best performances for the Black Stars throughout the game.

Speaking to the media after the match, Andre was full of praise for the Crystal Palace attacker, claiming that had there been two of his kind on the pitch, the story would’ve been different for the Black Stars.

“Jordan was unbelievable in the game,” the senior Ayew said.

“Am I the only one who saw him to be Man of the Match? If we had two Jordans on the pitch, things would have been different,” Andre added.

Source: Modern Ghana

2022 WCQ: ”The referee entertained Ghana’s aggressiveness” – South Africa coach Hugo Broos

Head coach of South Africa, Hugo Broos, has hit out at Senegalese referee, Ndiaye Maguette, for tolerating what he describes as ‘aggressive’ football by the Black Stars players in their crucial 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match played at the Cape Coast Stadium.

The Bafana Bafana came into the game with a 3 point advantage in Group G and needed to avoid defeat to qualify to the next round.

Ghana on the other hand, needed a win to book a ticket to the last round and got the three points, thanks to an Andre Ayew first-half penalty.

But Broos was left unimpressed with the overall performance of the referee, claiming he allowed the Black Stars to get away with too much aggression in the match.

“I congratulate Ghana but I congratulate my boys also because we played against a very aggressive opponent which the referee allowed,” Broos said after the game.

“I am very disappointed in the result but I’m proud of my players. But I have to say, the referee today allowed Ghana to be too aggressive.

“I have nothing against aggressive play but it has to be legal aggression.”

Meanwhile, the Belgian trainer shied away from commenting on the penalty awarded Ghana, insisting he did not see the incident.

“I couldn’t see it. I just saw Daniel Amartey go down. He went down many times during the game, but I didn’t see the incident. But I saw my players were surprised.”

Source: Modern Ghana

I’m ready to support any development project in South Dayi – DCE

Peki (V/R),- Mr Godwin Kwame Dadzawa, the District Chief Executive (DCE) of South Dayi in the Volta region, has pledged to support any development activity in the district to transform the lives of the people.

He said fulfilling the developmental needs of the people remained his topmost priority, hence any initiative aimed at enhancing the development of the area would have his full support.

Mr Dadzawa made this pledge in an interview with the Ghana News Agency when he donated an undisclosed amount of money to the chiefs and people of Peki-Tsame, a farming community in the district during their Youth Week Celebration.

The DCE said he was committed to the development of the district and that the donation was to support the development initiative of the chiefs and the people, and called for support from all to move the district forward.

Mr Dadzawa said the rapid socio-economic development the district had been yearning for could only be achieved through a collective effort, thus the need for all to be on-board to champion the transformation agenda.

While commending the chiefs and the people for the initiative, he also charged other communities to emulate them by mobilising funds to execute development activities.

He said though the government of President Nana Akufo-Addo was doing its best to bring development to every part of the country, community self-help development initiatives were crucial in supporting government’s efforts to achieve the desired target.

The Youth Week Celebration was instituted by the chiefs and the people of Peki-Tsame to raise money to carry out development projects to accelerate the growth of the community.

Togbe Baduvie IV, Chief of the community told GNA in an interview that development of the community was dear to his heart and that the initiative was a way of letting the people contribute their quota towards enhancing the progress of the area.

He said the event was also to revive communal spirit in the youth and to involve them in decision-making and development activities of the community.

Togbe Baduvie charged the youth to respect traditional authorities, be law abiding citizens and avoid acts that threatened peace and security.

He bemoaned the deplorable nature of the road linking Peki Government Hospital to Afeviofe within the community and appealed to the government to fix the road to avert any fatality.

Mr Sebastian Okyere, Assembly member for Peki-Tsame speaking to GNA underscored the need for indigenes to undertake initiatives that were tailored at enhancing the growth of their communities.

Source: Ghana News Agency