Education Ministry to reintegrate 70,000 out-of-school children to schools

Accra, Dec. 15, GNA – The Ministry of Education is set to reintegrate 70,000 out-of-school children in schools through the Ghana Education Outcomes Project (GEOP) together with development partners and service providers.

The GEOP is an additional funding project under the Ghana Accountability for Learning Outcomes Project designed to train, reintegrate and retain out-of-school children in schools.

Mr Divine Ayidzoe, Chief Director, Ministry of Education, at an orientation workshop for Service Providers in the project, said the Ministry was committed to ensuring that every Ghanaian child had the opportunity to access quality basic education.

He said the project was designed to use an outcomes-based partnership approach, which was one of the first of its kind in sub-Sahara Africa.

The project was designed by the Ministry of Education with key development partners to reduce the high prevalence of out-of-school children and improve learning outcomes in mainstream schools.

The project brings together the Ghanaian government, international donors, social investors, and service providers to get out-of-school children back into school and support schools and teachers to improve learning.

The outcomes-based approach, he stressed, shifted the basis of accountability to results rather than the activities and brought on board diverse views, ideas, and innovations to effectively harness the success of the project.

Mr Ayidzoe urged the service providers to abide by all the rules and regulations and codes of conduct of these agencies they would be working with.

“All the Key implementing agencies namely GES, CEA, Commission of TVET, Ghana TVET Service, NaCCA, my own PBME at MOE, and the KPMG- who is the independent verification agency will be tasked to provide vital roles throughout the project lifespan ending in December 2026,” he added.

He, however, assured them that the Ministry would not interfere with their interventions once the right channels were strictly adhered to.

The GEOP project has two main components: the urban component dealing with out-of-school children in Accra and Kumasi, and the rural component dealing with them in 27 selected districts nationwide.

The project has a three-year life cycle from 2022 to 2026, and would involve children between eight and sixteen for the rural component and between eight and 18 years for the urban component.

Source: Ghana News Agency

STEM Robotics is bedrock for development

Accra, Dec 15, GNA – Mr Selorm Adadevoh, Chief Executive Officer, MTN Ghana, says Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) robotics must be championed because it is the bedrock for development.

He indicated that robotics had increasingly become integral to socio-economic development across the globe and must be fully integrated into the country’s educational curricula.

“In countries like Japan and China, it has elevated development to another level where robotics technology was breaking down complex human tasks and was constantly creating the environment for humans to perform daily activities with ease.”

Mr Adadevoh made the remarks on Wednesday when he cut the sod for the construction of the Mamfe Robotics Lab at the Methodist Girls Senior High School (MEGHIS) at Mamfe in the Easter Region.

The MTN Ghana Foundation is funding the construction of the robotics lab at the cost of GH?1.9 million. It is expected to be completed in five months.

The robotics lab would consist of a 100-seater hall, ICT Centre, gallery, and a few other components, and would be furnished with computers and accessories, robotics tools and equipment, furniture and electrical equipment, and internet service.

Mr Adadevoh said in education, STEM robotics was changing the way students learn, and the use of robotics in the classroom had allowed complicated formulae to be simplified.

“It has become a tool that aids in the understanding of abstract and complex concepts in science and technology courses, and also facilitates creative thinking as well as promotes the teaching and learning of STEM,” he added.

Mr Adadevoh said STEM robotics also stimulated creative thinking and made learning fun, engaging and more inclusive for even students with disabilities using assistive technology, adding, “we cannot get the future we envisage if we fail to take advantage of ICT and robotics in our education.”

He acknowledged the efforts being made to bridge the digital divide between females and males’ saying, “as we lay the foundation of the robotics lab, we are confident that it will be a significant contribution to STEM education in Ghana.”

Gifty Twum-Ampofo, Deputy Education Minister said the Government was committed to making STEM education a key objective to improving quality education in the country to ensure that students become globally competitive.

She said with the rising need for young people to be equipped with digital skills, the government was integrating and strengthening the study of STEM and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in schools.

The Deputy Education Minister noted that since 2017, the government had put in place innovative policies and reforms with the aim of equipping students with 21st-century skills needed to effectively participate in the fourth industrial revolution.

She said over the period of the implementation of Free Senior High School (SHS) policy, only 12 per cent of students enrolled for core science subjects, attributing that to the lack of sufficient and relevant 21st Century skills anchored in STEM.

“This is why the government is working to flip the second cycle enrollment ratio of science to humanities from the present 40:60 to 60:40,” she added.

Mrs Twum-Ampofo said the government was upgrading science resource centers for selected existing senior high schools, with the aim of increasing student enrollment and raising the standard of education.

She encouraged the contractors to work within timelines to enable the facilities to be commissioned on schedule.

Mrs Twum-Ampofo commended the MTN Ghana Foundation for its contribution to Ghana’s education and for its commitment to equipping female students with digital skills through the Robotic Center

She also encouraged the students to make maximum use of the lab when it was officially opened.

Mrs Winifred Arthur, Headmistress of MEGHIS, said the gesture was timely and would improve STEM education.

She also appealed to other agencies and stakeholders to assist the school to put up a science laboratory.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Higher education in Ghana should respond to emerging trends – Prof. Emerita Manuh

Accra, Dec. 15, GNA – Professor Emerita Takyiwaa Manuh, a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS), says the nation must constantly review her higher education policies to be in tune with emerging global trends.

“Higher education is dynamic. Therefore, the kind of skills set needed by our students some two decades ago are not the same as contemporary times,” she told the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Accra.

In her view, making the requisite reforms to build the capacity of students in developing trends, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, climate change, among others, were needed for accelerated growth.

Prof. Emerita Manuh, in an interview, on the sidelines of the launch of a project dubbed, “Motivating Higher Education Reforms in Ghana – Towards Equity and Sustainability,” said, that was the path to take, if the country were to build a vibrant human resource base.

The project, being spearheaded by the GAAS, with sponsorship from the Carnegie Corporation, New York, aims to critically examine past, present and future reforms in the higher education sector

The concept is to offer a platform for an open and objective discussion of higher education policy, build consensus around recommendations that promote equity and sustainability in the higher education sector.

Prof. Emerita Manuh, Chairperson of the Project Management Committee, highlighting the project activities, indicated that the stakeholders would conduct a comprehensive mapping of higher education policy, changes and interventions since 1992 and proposed reforms.

“Even though GAAS recognises the existence of many higher education studies in Ghana, it sees significant difference in the scope of these studies and will focus on commission studies and background papers on selected higher education policy changes,” she stated.

They will also organise regular and quarterly policy meetings for selected stakeholders, publish and share the commissioned studies and the conference outcomes through the issuance of seven policy briefs.

The research themes range from ‘Managing Public Universities in a New Age,’ ‘Expanding Universities’ Effect on Access, Quality and Sustainability,’ to ‘The Changing Relationship between the State and Universities in Ghana.’

Other themes are, ‘Private Universities in Ghana,’ ‘Financing Higher Education – Implications for Equity and Sustainability,’ and ‘Making GET Fund Fit for Purpose.’

Prof. Clifford N. B. Tagoe, Chairman of the Project Steering Committee, said the stakeholders would work assiduously to execute the project successfully to enhance higher education in the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Opuni Trial: Court orders Bailiff to serve processes on lawyers of Siedu Agongo

Accra, Dec. 15, GNA -An Accra High Court has ordered Mr Emmanuel Agyei, a Bailiff, to serve a motion on notice for stay of execution filed by Dr Stephen Opuni on lawyers for Siedu Agongo.

The Bailiff is also to serve on the lawyers an affidavit in opposition filed by the prosecution on the motion.

Mr Samuel Cudjoe, the Counsel for Dr Opuni filed an application for Stay of execution at the High Court with a referral of article 139(1c), 145(5) of the 1992 Constitution for interpretation at the Supreme Court under article 132 of the Constitution and citing the inherent jurisdiction.

Dr Opuni and Mr Agongo are facing 27 charges, including defrauding by false pretences, wilfully causing financial loss to the State, money laundering, and corruption by public officer in contravention of the Public Procurement Act.

They have both pleaded not guilty to the charges and are on GHS300,000.00 self-recognizance bail, each.

The Court presided over by Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga said it was unfortunate that the processes were not served, despite having adjourned the hearing of the motion at the last sitting to enable the Bailiff to effect service.

He said Mr Agyei, entrusted with the processes for service, failed to perform his lawful duties.

“l will order the said Bailiff to serve the Lawyers for Mr Agongo before the next adjourned date and also by close of date December 15, 2022,” he added.

He said the said Agyei must appear before the Court at the next adjourned date to explain to the Court whether he performed his lawful duties.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Gomoa Akotsi mobile money robbers grabbed

Akoti (C/R), Dec. 15, GNA – The Gomoa Ojobi District Police Command has arrested three suspected armed robbers who shot and robbed a mobile money vendor at Gomoa Akotsi last week Wednesday, December 7.

The suspected armed robbers snatched an amount of Ghc30,000 from the mobile money vendor and shot him in the thigh when he had closed from work.

The robbers were arrested at Gomoa Akotsi in the Gomoa East District on Wednesday, December 14.

According to Police sources, they would be arraigned as soon as investigations are complete.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Police engages suspected armed robbers in gun battle

Bereku (C/R), Dec. 15, GNA – The Awutu Bereku Police Command has engaged three suspected armed robbers in a gun battle at Bereku in the Awutu Senya West District.

The robbers had snatched a Kia taxicab with registration number GR 6013-21 from its driver at Madina in Accra.

The police upon intelligence that the robbers were heading towards Winneba, mounted a barrier at Awutu Bereku on the Kasoa -Winneba Highway.

Neighbours who witnessed the incident said, the robbers opened fire on the police and sped off when they were signalled to stop, the Police then chased them leading to the gun battle.

The robbers in the process abandoned the vehicle and escaped into a nearby bush in the area.

The police said it suspected that the robbers might have sustained gunshot injury because it noticed blood stains on the taxi cab’s seats.

The Police are calling on the public and health workers to report any suspicious injury at their facilities to the police.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Morocco Coach sets sight on third place

Doha, Qatar, Dec. 15, Haolid Regragui Head Coach of Morocco national team has said they will now shift their focus on winning the third-place match against Croatia on Saturday in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Morocco will take on Croatia who lost to Argentina in the other semi-final match, on Saturday, December 17, at the Khalifa Stadium.

He said the people of Morocco and the continent were proud of them for reaching the semi-finals, but they had to win the third-place match to compensate them for the defeat against France.

Speaking in a post-match interview, Coach Regragui said, their aim was to beat France to make a historic entry into the finals of the competition, but it was not possible.

“We had plans of making it into the finals, but a lot of factors worked against us. We conceded an early goal which distabilised us, and some of our players also had early injuries.

“Besides, there were other injury situations in camp, which did not help our cause, but we are proud of our achievements.

“Our target was the finals, but we missed it. We also made petty mistakes which we paid dearly for.

“The World Cup is the highest level in football, and you must always pay attention to details. You would be punished for the slightest mistakes,” he added.

Coach Regragui said though his players were psychologically down, he would work on them to get them prepared for the game on Saturday.

According to the Coach, he would also offer other players who had not played any game to have a feel of the World Cup on Saturday.

“Some of my players are battling injuries, and others are tired, this is the chance to give others the opportunity to taste the world cup,” he stated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Some 100 people arrested in Brussels after Morocco World Cup defeat

Brussels, Dec 15, (dpa/GNA) – Police in Brussels arrested some 100 people, amid clashes over the end of Morocco’s 2022 World Cup fairytale run, as the team was beaten 2-0 by France in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

The detained fans were accused of disturbing the public order, damaging two police vehicles and possession of prohibited fireworks, news agency Belga reported early Thursday, quoting the police.

Parts of the roads in the city centre had been cordoned off, ahead of the match, according to the report. Images from Wednesday night showed piles of burning rubbish, as well as a large police contingent deployed on the streets of Brussels, with officers clad in riot gear.

Photos published by Belga, also showed residents who had started to clean up the streets on Wednesday evening.

Morocco became the first team from Africa to reach the final four in a World Cup, after ousting Spain and Portugal in the last of 16 and the quarter-finals respectively. They also beat Belgium in the group stage.

Several people were also arrested amid clashes in Antwerp, to the north of the capital, Belga reported.

Source: Ghana News Agency