WAEC to soon deploy technology in the conduct of examinations- Mrs Addy- Lamptey

Accra, Aug. 15, GNA – The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says it is positioning itself to deploy more technology in its operations to ensure that assessment of results remains credible.

“As we look forward to the years ahead, we are positioning ourselves to deploy technology even more in our processes to ensure that our assessment results remain credible.”

Mrs Wendy E. Addy-Lamptey, the Head of the National Office, WAEC, was speaking at the Council’s Stakeholders Forum aimed at giving the public an insight into its operations to create mutual understanding.

Mrs Addy-Lamptey therefore appealed to the public to refrain from putting out false information that seeks to erode the credibility of its examination and affect the acceptance of results internationally.

“As the office prepares to begin the administration of theory papers for the ongoing WASSCE, I wish to urge members of the public to refrain from putting out false information as this erodes the credibility of our examinations and affects the acceptance of results internationally.”

The forum which formed part of the WAEC’s 70th anniversary celebration was on the theme: “Seventy years of Reliable Educational Assessment- the Journey, Challenges and the way forward.”

The forum attracted students from various schools, past and present staff of WAEC, members of Conference of Heads of Assistant Secondary Schools (CHASS) among others.

Mrs Addy-Lamptey noted that in recent times, WAEC was blamed when candidates writing examinations of Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET) were caught cheating at Bolgatanga and Bawku Technical Institutes.

She said the counsel received calls from International and national stakeholders on the issue and urged the media to authenticate information regarding examinations.

“Our friends from the media, we wish to gently remind you that it’s our collective responsibility to ensure that we do not erode the credibility of our certificates by incorrect reporting.

We urge you to authenticate information that you come across regarding examinations: our doors at WAEC are always open.”

To this year’s WASSCE Candidates she noted that rogue websites had started their nefarious activities and cautioned them to be mindful and not to be led astray as the council was collaborating with national security agencies in the administration of this year’s examination.

On the Council’s 70th anniversary, Mrs Addy-Lamptey said WAEC had gone through challenges in its bid to carry out its mandate over the years and commended all workers for making the council a world class examining body.

Mr Emmanuel S Brew, Head Administration, noted that 70 years in the life of an institution was no mean achievement, adding the council started with a candidate population of 35,000 in 1954.

“The entries rose to 400,000 in 1964, over 1,000,000 in 1976, over 2,000,000in (about 50.8 km) the year 2000 and in excess of 3,500,000 in 2021.”

WAEC, established in 1952, is an examination board established by law to determine the examinations required in the public interest in English -Speaking West African Countries, to conduct examinations and award certificates comparable to those of equivalent examining authorities internationally.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Kyerematen has no NPP history – Movement for Bawumia 2024

A group calling itself ‘The Movement for Bawumia 2024’, otherwise known as ‘The Bawus’, has challenged the eligibility of Trade Minister Alan Kyerematen, one of the frontrunners in the governing New Patriotic Party’s flag bearer race.

According to the National Chairman of the group, Mr Duncan Opoku Boateng, Mr Kyerematen has no history in the formation of the party.

He was of the view that Mr Kyeremanten cannot claim to be a thoroughbred member of the party.

Mr Boateng explained that there is no history in the party suggesting that any of Mr Kyerematen’s kinsmen played a role in the formation of the party.

He called on the national leadership of the party to take steps to have Mr Kyerematen suspended from the race.

Mr Boateng said this while reacting to a health walk organised by the supporters of Mr Kyerematen in Kumasi in the Ashanti region over the weekend.

Speaking on the Ghana Yensom morning show hosted by Emmanuel Quarshie (Hitman) on Accra 100.5 FM on Monday, August 15, 2024, Mr Boateng said the late father of Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia played a major role in the formation of the Northern People’s Party, the mother party of the modern-day New Patriotic Party (NPP).

He said the late Mumuni Bawumia, together with the late S.D. Dombo, was the founding father of the modern-day NPP, hence the tradition Danquah-Busia-Dombo.

He argued that by this history, it is clear Mr Keyrematen has no history in the NPP.

He said when Mr Kyeremanten lost the NPP flag bearer contest in 2008 to Nana Akufo-Addo, he deserted the party to take up a United Nations appointment abroad.

In his view, the Trade Minister cannot claim to have a history in the party when his late father was nowhere near the formation of the party.

However, Mr Abraham Boadi, a spokesperson for the ‘Alan for President Campaign 2024’, in reaction to the claims from the Vice President’s camp on the same show, reminded the Bawumia camp that Mr Kyerematen was the first person who paid the rent of the party’s headquarters at Kokomlemle in Accra in early 1992.

He said Mr Kyeremanten was the chairman of the Young Executives Forum, an organisation that set out to finance the activities of the party in the early days.

Source: Modern Ghana

Ghana experiencing “mental illness inflation”-GPA

Accra, Aug.15, GNA—Dr Collins Badu Agyemang, National President, Ghana Psychological Association (GPA), says Ghana is currently experiencing a “mental illness inflation.”

He attributed the problem to stress, anxiety, and loss of jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic; the increase in crime, violence amongst the youth and high level of unemployment, amongst others.

Dr Agyemang said in terms of policy making and budgetary allocations at the national level, much was needed to be done to strengthen the relevance of psychological health in Ghana.

He said this on Monday during the launch of the Ghana Psychology Week 2022 in Accra.

The celebration is themed: “Scaling up Psychology and its practice in the post-pandemic future: Reaching out to the vulnerable.”

The lineup of activities include a visit to the Nsawam Orthopedic Training Centre to offer psychological support to staff and patients and a visit to the Nungua orphanage to offer psychological services to the children.

 

They Association will also hold a social engagement with community and schools and the Sixth Scientific Biennial International Research Conference at the Methodist University College.

 

He advised citizens to look out for one another and be concerned about each other’s psychological or mental health. 

 

“Socially, we all have a part to play when it comes to holistic health. We want to be on the lookout to check on our brothers and family members. We want to be very observant. If you are with a family member, a friend, a colleague at work and you realise the behavioural patterns continue to change; they are becoming unduly quiet or the other extreme, they are overly excited, or you can see that they are not who they used to be, you may want to take the initiative to get close to these ones to find things out.”

“Look out for their statements and songs they sing. These are all wake up calls or signs that they may be going through traumatic experiences in their life and need help. Let us give them our ears, listen to them as they share their experiences, and what they are going through and recommend that they see a psychologist from any nearby hospital,” he said.

The National President advised against allowing oneself to be needlessly stressed and take life one step at a time.

“Always have a reason to be excited each day. This will reduce the enormous stress we put on ourselves. Thinking and worrying about things you have no options about is like sitting in a rocking chair. It would not change anything, but it gives you something to do. So, we need not worry; we need not think when we cannot do much about it but rather seek help from psychologists so they can support us,” he said.

Dr Yaw Amankwa Arthur, Deputy Director, Mental Health Authority (MHA), said psychological services received low patronage in times past because of the stigma attached to people who sought such assistance.

However, he said in recent times, the patronage had increased due to the understanding of mental health and its importance to one’s overall wellbeing.

Dr Arthur advised that citizens prioritised mental health and seek immediate assistance anytime the need arose.

“Everybody is saying ‘I am stressed out,’ but it is more than being stressed out. There are more underlying psychological issues that people are doing. The impact of COVID, losing jobs, losing loved one’s work stress and all that.”

“People are suffering, but they do not know how to deal with them. So, my simple advice is that those with psychological issues out there should go into our facilities, health facilities, be it a Regional Hospital or a District Hospital for help” he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NDC’s Ahmed Agbenyadzi urge members to rise and campaign for victory

It is time to rise and start campaigning ahead of the 2024 general elections to secure the victory the NDC needs, Ahmed Agbenyadzi Akuapem North Deputy Youth Organiser has urged party supporters.

He has, also, called on the party’s hierarchy and supporters to come together and ensure the NDC comes out clean as far as the internal elections of Executives is concerned.

According to the party Communicator, the abysmal performance of the New Patriotic Party since 2017 has guaranteed the NDC the opportunity to take back power in January 2025.

He noted that many Ghanaians are fed up with the poor management of the economy by the Akufo-Addo led government and need the NDC to take over the country’s administration and fix the broken economy.

“All the economic indicators show the NPP has torn the economy apart and thereby affecting the livelihood of many Ghanaians. We are now suffering from the work of failed Bawumia-led Economic Management Team but the President is also sitting down doing nothing about it,” he stated.

The aspiring Constituency Youth Organiser stated added, “Ken Ofori-Atta who is also the Finance minister has failed to heed to ideas and therefore taking the country into a great mess with no one to rescue us.”

Comrade Ahmed Agbenyadzi indicated that the NDC will continue to go on a rescue mission ahead of the 2024 polls to ensure Ghanaians are redeemed from the insensitive NPP government.

Source: Modern Ghana

Women to benefit from one-household, one garden project in Northern Region

Tamale, August 15, GNA – A total of 600 women from six districts in the Northern Region have been supported to do backyard gardening to produce vegetables as part of efforts to enhance nutrition and contribute to household food security.

The districts included Nanton, Karaga, Sagnarigu, Yendi, Gushegu and Mion, and the beneficiary women were trained on how to maintain proper backyard gardens and were also given starter packs, which included trays of vegetable seedlings, seeds, gardening tools, organic fertilizers and pesticides.

This followed the launch of the One Household, One Garden project (1H1G), which is being implemented by the Agrihouse Foundation with support from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and United States Agency for International Development’s Ghana Inclusive Agriculture Transformation programme.

The project, which will be replicated in 11 other districts in the North East, Upper Western, and Upper East Regions, is targeted at empowering 2000 households and 10 schools through backyard gardening with the objective to ensure household food and nutrition security.

The other districts included Tempane, Daffiama Bussie Issa, Nadowli, Sissala East, Sissala West, Wa East, East Mamprusi, Mamprugu-Moagduri, Bawku Municipal, Bawku West, and Garu.

Ms Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, speaking during the launch of the 1H1G project in Tamale, said it was expected to equally yield a wide variety of fresh vegetables to increase the quantity and quality of nutrients available to the beneficiary families.

Ms Akosa said the project would trigger and revive national interest in home gardening to contribute to household food security by providing direct access to food that could be harvested, prepared, and fed to family members often daily.

She expressed hope that the beneficiaries, who were already farmers, would carry on with the initiative and make use of materials within their environment to cultivate their gardens, saying “This way, they do not have excuse that they could not do it because of some reasons.”

Mr Yaw Frimpong Addo, a Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture described the project as impressive, especially how the beneficiaries embraced it and said that was good for its success.

Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu, Northern Regional Minister lauded the project and said it amounted to giving life to the people.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Order Hopeson Adorye to retract his unfortunate comments immediately – Frank Annor Dompreh to Alan Kyerematen

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Nsawam-Adoagyiri, Frank Annor Dompreh has expressed concern over the consequences of Hopeson Yaovi Adorye’s anti-Northerners remarks on the NPP electoral chances.

He is requesting that the Trade and Industry Minister, Mr. Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen order his Director of Operations to retract his remarks immediately for the sake of the peace in the party.

“Chief Alan Kyeremanteng should as a matter of urgency call on his Director of Operation, Hopeson to retract his unfortunate comment forthwith..

“We have a beautiful Party with a respected tradition, let’s conduct a civil and clean campaign,” he stated in a tweet seen by Modernghana News on Sunday, August 14.

This comes after the former NPP Parliamentary candidate for the Kpone-Katamanso constituency and Alan’s campaign Director of Operations stated at a pro-Alan health walk in Kumasi on Saturday, August 13 that Northerners in the NPP are only fit to be running mates and not flagbearers.

Meanwhile, Hopeson Adorye in a statement on Sunday, August 14, clarified his widely criticized comments against Vice President Bawumia and NPP Northerners.

In his defence, Mr. Adorye claims members of Bawumia’s camp doctored his viral video for mishief purposes.

He explained that “I wish to state categorically that, I never said in plain words that Northerners are fit for running mates. The video is partly doctored for mischief by Bawumia’s Camp.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I stated that in NPP there is a particular formula that has been used since the formation of the Party. The formula is Christian-Muslim Ticket.”

Source: Modern Ghana

Murder of vacationing Canadian: Safina, another remanded again

The Police have arrested more persons who allegedly assisted Safina Mohammed Adizatu, a student and Michael Fiifi Ampofo Arku, a Technical Officer at the Centre for Scientific and Indistrial Research, Kumasi, to murder one Frank Kofi Osei at Ashalley Botwe School Junction in Accra.

Osei, a Ghanaian domiciled in Canada, was in the country for a vacation when he was murdered in July this year.

Prosecuting Chief Inspector Jacob Nyarko has, therefore, prayed the Madina District Court to grant them two weeks adjournment to enable the Police nab more suspects believed to be connected to the case.

According to him, the Police suspected that the offence could not have been executed by the two accused persons alone.

The court presided over by Linda Amissah remanded Safina, aka Safina Diamond and Arku.

This is the second time the two have been remanded.

The two accused persons are expected to reappear on August 26.

Safina also known as Safina Diamond on social media and Arku are said to have stabbed the deceased several times on his chin, jaw, back and strangled him to death.

Charged with conspiracy and murder, the two accused person in the company of their respective lawyers, had their pleas reserved.

Narrating the facts, the prosecution led by Chief Inspector Jacob Nyarko said Safina was a 23-year-old level 100 student of the University of Ghana and Arku, a Technical Officer of the Crop Research Institute, Kumasi.

Chief Inspector Nyarko said Osei, now deceased was a Ghanaian domiciled in Canada, who was in Ghana on vacation.

On July 24, 2022, the posecution said Osei visited Safina, his fiancé who resided at Ashalley Botwe School Junction and decided to spend the night there.

The prosecution said at night, Safina and Arku together with others yet to be identified stabbed Osei several times with a knife on his chin, jaw, back and strangled him to death.

It said Safina and Arku cleaned up the blood, while the deceased was in the room for a 24-hour period.

According to the prosecution, the accused persons later dragged the deceased from the first floor of the storey building through the staircase and dumped him at the gate of the house near where the deceased had parked his Toyota Tundra and washed the blood stains off the staircase.

On July 26, this year, at about 0400 hours, Safina called a police officer saying that her boyfriend visited her, and he had died in her room.

The prosecution said the Police Officer called the Police Patrol Team who rushed to the scene and found the body of the deceased lying at the gate of Safina’s house, but (she) Safina and Arku were nowhere to be found.

It said the Police later traced Safina to Ashalley Botwe School Junction and nabbed her.

The prosecution said Arku after committing the act, absconded to Kumasi.

It said efforts were underway to apprehend other accomplices on the run.

Source: Ghana News Agency

African players in Europe: Dream home debut for Awoniyi

Nigerian Taiwo Awoniyi began repaying the £17.5 million ($21 mn, 20.7 mn euros) he cost Nottingham Forest with the goal that beat West Ham 1-0 in the Premier League at the weekend.

Joe Aribo was another Nigerian international to score in the most watched domestic league in the world, with his goal sparking a comeback that earned Southampton a 2-2 draw against Leeds.

Here, we highlight some African headline-makers at the weekend:

ENGLAND

• TAIWO AWONIYI (Nottingham Forest)

Forest have made a remarkable 15 new signings on their return to the top flight for the first time in 23 years in a bid to guarantee survival. The biggest outlay of that shopping spree was a reported club record spent on Awoniyi from Union Berlin. Awoniyi made himself an instant hero on his home debut with the only goal as Forest beat West Ham, even if the 24-year-old knew little about the finish. A block from West Ham defender Ben Johnson cannoned off Awoniyi’s knee and trickled into the empty net.

• KALIDOU KOULIBALY (Chelsea)

The Senegal captain got his Chelsea career off to a flying start by scoring on his home debut in a tetchy 2-2 draw with Tottenham. Koulibaly showed the technique of a striker rather than a centre-back to volley in Marc Cucurella’s corner for the opening goal.

• JOE ARIBO (Southampton)

Aribo came off the bench to score his first Premier League goal and possibly save Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s job in a draw with Leeds. Saints were trailing 2-0 when he was introduced just after the hour mark and it took just 10 minutes for the former Rangers man to give Southampton hope by showing neat footwork to round Illan Meslier and fire into the far corner.

GERMANY

• SADIO MANE (Bayern Munich)

Former Liverpool striker Sadio Mane again impressed for Bayern, despite not getting on the scoresheet in a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg. Mane had one goal in each half ruled out for offside as he looks to build a partnership with German winger Serge Gnabry similar to the one he shared with Mohamed Salah at Anfield.

ITALY

• ADEMOLA LOOKMAN (Atalanta)

Atalanta escaped from Sampdoria with a 2-0 win thanks in part to Lookman’s beautifully taken debut goal. The Nigeria international finished off a rapid counter-attack in the fifth minute of stoppage time with a cool finish after dummying the home defense.

• ASSAN CEESAY (Lecce)

Gambian Ceesay had Lecce fans dreaming of a positive start to their Serie A season when he expertly finished off Federico Di Francesco’s neat through ball to draw the promoted side level with Inter Milan. It wasn’t to be as Denzel Dumfries snatched a last-gasp winner for Inter.

Source: Modern Ghana