UHAS Faculty members enlightened on Strategic Assessment Techniques, others

Faculty members of the University of Health and Allied Sciences have participated in the second phase of a capacity-building workshop, focusing on Strategic Assessment Techniques for Developing Learners’ Skills and the construction of Test Items.

The training objectives were centered on how to prepare test specification tables, coming up with clearer examination questions with different levels of difficulties, and minimising errors in preparations of papers and results.

Rev. Dr Kofi Ashiboe-Mensah, the Head of Quality Assurance from the Ho Technical University, who facilitated the workshop, said Assessment had important purposes such as improving lesson delivery.

It also helped the learner to progress, provided information to parents, employers and other stakeholders.

Touching on a typical example under the various types of Assessment in the educational system such as Formative Assessment, he said it involved an approach to teaching and learning that created feedback, which was used to improve students’ performance.

Some examples under the Formative category were Diagnostic Assessment (Entrance exams and SWOT Analysis), Continuous Assessment, and Group Assessment.

On the Assessment methods, he exposed participants to Written (structured), which included test and examination, and homework or assignment.

Dr Ashiboe-Mensah also took the participants through the principles for constructing test items, types of essays, and principles for scoring essay tests.

‘Write items as early as possible (when teaching is going on) to allow for reviews before submission, Innovation and creativity in items construction. Set original items, not textbooks or past questions.’

‘Set well-defined items that are clear, unambiguous and grammatically correct with,’ he added.

Over 170 Faculty members of the University took part in the workshop.

Source: Ghana News Agency

“I’m Satisfied With Conduct Of Local Government Elections” – Edo State Governor

The Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the local government elections, which took place on Saturday across the State.

Obaseki made this known shortly after he voted at Ward 10, Unit 19 polling station at about 1:50 p.m.

“In spite of the rain, the turnout has been considerably interesting.

“That means political parties did all what they were supposed to do to sensitize the people.

“Secondly, we can see that the process has been very peaceful. I am very happy with this.

“That people were here some minutes before the close of polls. We have not had any incidence of violence from anywhere,” he noted.

On his expectation of the outcome, the Edo State governor said he believed the popular candidates would win.

“I believe the popular candidates will win the elections, but don’t forget the PDP went all out to campaign for this election.

“I don’t know how much the other parties mobilized, but I know that the PDP was fully in most parts of the State,” he said.

Source: Voice of Nigeria

How the ghost of this man’s mother pushed him to build an American-standard ICT library at Agbozume

A Ghanaian man, who has been living in the United States of America, for more than a decade has spoken for the first time about why he is building a state-of-the-art, American-standard library for the children of Agbozume.

Agbeko Odione Kumordzie, who was born and raised in Agbozume by his late single mother, told GhanaWeb exclusively that he always knew he wanted to do something in his mother’s name, although he wasn’t particularly sure what that would be.

Explaining the story behind how the idea for an ICT library came about, the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) said that when he came back in 2022 to mark a year since his mother’s death, he had an unusual encounter with her (his mother) in a dream.

He said that his mother told him that instead of building a big house that was not beneficial to anyone since he wasn’t even living here, he should think of something else to do for her.

Agbeko told GhanaWeb that he immediately asked around how children in Agobzume learn ICT, and that was when he got the shock of his life, prompting this idea.

“My mother died in 2021, and I came to bury her. In 2022, around the same time, I came to Ghana for a one-year anniversary for my mom. I did not know Nana Tea at the time, but he came for the funeral, and when I came back a year later, on the eve of the anniversary, my mother appeared to me and said, this house you have here is not doing anything for anybody, so do something in my name. So, quickly, on the eve of the anniversary, I asked a friend of mine, how do children here learn computers? And my friend told me that don’t I know that children here learn computers on a blackboard? And I said it will not happen in my lifetime.

“So, I went to Sonto, where my mother went to school when she was very young, and I saw the chiefs and they gave me the land. That was the 2nd of May of last year, because my mother’s anniversary was 1st May. About 150 people came and that day, I told them we are building the ICT lab, and I raised about GH¢10,000. The next day, I bought cement and some other stuff, and that’s how I started the project,” he said via a phone interview, from his base in the USA.

Agbeko also explained other details about the project, including the costs he has incurred over the period.

He was, however, quick to add that he had also had some good support from strangers and while that is commendable, he remains committed at completing the American-standard project, even without anybody’s help.

“So far, I have spent about $125,000 and in cedis, maybe about GH¢200,000 and people all over the world donated towards that money. I think so far, I raised about $75,000 on social media. So, the difference of that is from my own pocket. I am just focused on building the place whether people support me or not because I just think that nobody should learn computers on a blackboard. And I am determined to build one of the finest ICT labs ever in the history of Africa, if not the whole world. Watch it; it will be very nice and elegant – American standard. I’m not just building a classroom block and putting computers inside… everything will be motorized.

“There will be a reception area, there will be a quiet room, there will be a ATHTV, a projector, a CCTV camera, there will be a fridge, there will be a sofa – people have to learn computers with some sense of elegance and lyrical standard. If you want to do something, just do it at once,” he stressed.

Agbeko Odione Kumordzie, who is popularly known as Prof Double Double because he has two sets of twins, also used the opportunity to show gratitude to his wife.

He explained that his wife, a Jamaican, could have decided against his decision to invest in such a project in Ghana and not her country, but she has rather shown him great support.

“I am a very quality-oriented guy. I have stayed here in the USA for at least 22 years and I have seen the good stuff, so I just can’t come and do anything to any people in Ghana; it must be American standard.

“I want to thank my wife because she’s supported me on this project. Being a Jamaican, she could have said go do this in Jamaica but she didn’t do that. She was ok that we do it for the people here,” he added.

The Charity Galley ICT Lab project is expected to be ready before September 2024, just before the general elections in Ghana.

So far, Agbeko says he needs an additional $60,000 to $80,000 to finish the ICT lab to the point he wants it to be, with that money projected to go into things like the landscaping, opening a maintenance department, and other essential things needed to bring his big dream to life.

Source: Ghana Web

GRA shuts shops, arrests 10 managers for flouting VAT regulations

Following a visit to some shops at the Awoshie-Anyah Market and Ablekuma enclave, the Ghana Revenue Authority has arrested 10 supermarket managers for failure to comply with the Value Added Tax (VAT) regulations.

The arrest occurred after mystery shoppers went to the stores covertly to confirm that the owners were breaking the law, a task force from the authority paid the stores an unscheduled visit.

The shops closed down for either failing to issue VAT invoices or issuing them in a selective manner were VKand T Trading Enterprise, Freemago Enterprise, Molla Enterprise, Delcam FB Stationery, Abi Ventures, Jomulet Enterprises and Yemez Ventures.

According to the Assistant Commissioner of Head of the Accra Central Enforcement Unit, Joseph Annan, the exercise was a part of efforts by the authority to encourage voluntary tax compliance and assure compliance among small and medium-sized firms.

Explaining further to journalists, he noted that GRA was carrying out similar exercises in various markets to ensure businesses adhere to the VAT regulations.

Additionally, Annan stated that owners of companies who had previously been arrested for non-compliance would be contacted again to see if they were doing so now.

“If we find out that they are not complying then we will classify them as recalcitrant.

We dealt with them leniently when we found them to be non-compliant for the first time but if for the second time we find out that nothing has changed them, we won’t be friendly at all,” he noted.

Annan added, “for those of you who declared profits but failed to pay to the authority, we will also come after you.”

Source: Ghana Web

Repair our deplorable roads or we’ll boycott 2024 elections – Amenfi West residents

Chiefs, residents, and opinion leaders in the Western Region’s Amenfi West and Amenfi Central districts have launched a protest against the government over the poor state of roads in Wasa communities.

The planned protest involved approximately 26 communities in the Amenfi West and Amenfi Central Districts.

Some of the communities are Kwabeng, Asankra-Saah, Agona Amenfi, Guavase, Dominase Nkwanta, Dominase, Agyakaa Manso, Daboase, and others.

The residents expressed their grievances and their disappointment in their political leaders and the government as well.

Some of the residents were carrying messages on placards: ‘Wasa needs good roads’, ‘Nana Addo Why’, ‘Mr. DCE, where is the contractor? ‘No tarred road, no election, ‘Poor road is killing us’, ‘Car maintenance cost is killing us’, among others.

Residents complained that their roads were muddy, pothole-filled, and bushy.

As a result, it has become a hotspot for armed robbery, and businesses are on the verge of failing.

They claimed that pregnant women deliver on the roads and others are carried on wood, that some drivers refuse to visit some of the communities during the rainy season, and that teachers and other professionals refuse to accept postings in the area.

Francis Agyapong, the secretary to the Wasa Dominase Divisional Stool Lands, stated that residents in the area have not seen tarred roads since the district’s creation, requiring them to travel to Sehwi Bekwai or Asanko for better access.

Opinion leaders and residents in Wasa, particularly in Amenfi Central, have decided to boycott any election in the district if the government fails to repair their deplorable roads, citing the adage “no tarred road, no election.”

Source: Ghana Web

Residents of Numasua lament over ‘death trap’ school building

Residents and pupils of Numasua, a village near Tepa within the Ahafo Ano North district of the Ashanti Region have complained bitterly over the poor state of their school building.

According to them, the Numesua D/A primary school which is the only school that accommodates other villagers in the area has become what they describe as a death trap.

They said the death trap structure makes education very unpleasant and hell for them in the area.

Some parents who spoke revealed that they are tired of risking their wards’ lives daily.

According to them, the classroom which was constructed by the chiefs and the residents themselves with the hope of securing an upgrade from the government to enable their wards access better education, has still not seen any improvement indicating that the state of the school keeps getting worse.

Meanwhile, on a visit to the school, one could see the wooden structure which was allegedly put up by the residents had not seen any major renovation as it keeps deteriorating, leading to its death trap state.

Another observation made was that the classrooms together with tables and chairs were all in terrible states for teaching and learning.

Some residents further told GhanaWeb that, the pupils who are unable to make it to school early to reserve a desk for themselves before class sessions either perch with their colleagues or embrace the discomfort that comes with sitting on the improvised seat.

The report further indicates that the poor state of the school building coupled with the tattered roofs forces teachers to abruptly end teaching whenever it is about to rain.

“Teachers are reluctant to accept postings to this school due to the poor state,” a parent told GhanaWeb.

Some teachers who also spoke to GhanaWeb on condition of anonymity said they were not happy being teachers at the school.

They said, most of their colleague teachers who come to the school rush for transfers due to its poor state.

They further revealed that after rains force pupils to go home, academic work on the following day becomes a headache because most of the ripped-off roofing causes the tables and chairs to be badly affected.

The Chief of Numesua, Nana Kwadwo Mogyie speaking to GhanaWeb appealed to the government to help them fix the problem to make education accessible to his people. The chief who was saddened by the rate at which teachers ran away from the school said, it was time the government and other authorities came to the rescue of the community.

For his part, assembly member for the area, Micheal Birbia said the woods which were used to roof the building had all spoilt.

“You can see most of the rotten woods are loosely hanging on top of the classrooms and this makes it more dangerous”. He said.

He further said that the situation had compelled them to bar pupils from going to some portions of their classrooms since those parts had been designated as danger zones.

He said the lack of adequate accommodation for teachers in Numesua was part of the reasons most teachers ran away from the area.

He further stated that it contributed greatly to the frequent absenteeism of most of the teachers daily.

“Most of these teachers who even accept postings to our community have to travel all the way from Tepa which is about 30km to Numesua. Just imagine the cost of lorry fares. This makes it very difficult to force teachers who absent themselves from school”.

He, however, pleaded with the assembly and other stakeholders to come to their rescue since they were seriously suffering.

Source: Ghana Web

Prosper Narteh Ogum is a perfect fit for Asante Kotoko – Ibrahim Sunday

Asante Kotoko legend, Ibrahim Sunday believes Prosper Narteh Ogum is a perfect fit for the club.

Narteh Ogum who led the club to win the 2021/22 Premier League title in his first spell at the club has returned to the club following the dissolution of the 12-member board of directors and the management team led by Nana Yaw Amponsah.

Following the announcement of the four-member Interim Management Committee (IMC) by Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who is the life patron of the club, Narteh Ogum will serve as the head coach.

Sunday, who played and coached the record Ghana Premier League holders believes Narteh Ogum is the right man for the club.

“At the moment, it is good news for the club because he was there, he did well and we hope he will get the same support from the players, the management, the directors and the supporters,” he told Radio Gold.

“Otherwise he may not be able to do it if he doesn’t get the support because they are interrelated and if he gets the support from all these angles he will do well.

“But if he doesn’t get support from one of them, it will be very difficult for him and I hope they all support him.

“We hope that they support him to bring the club back to a good situation,” he added.

Source: Ghana Web

Renewable energy, a feasible solution to the poor and unreliable hydro-electricity supply in Ghana

Developing cost-efficient solar panels/cells presents a promising solution to the hydroelectric power challenges in Ghana and Africa. Hydroelectric power generation is often hindered by unreliable rainfall patterns and water scarcity, leading to inconsistent energy production.

By harnessing solar energy through affordable solar panels, Ghana can diversify its energy sources and mitigate its dependency on hydroelectricity.

To achieve this, research and investment in advanced solar technology are essential. Improvements in materials, like more efficient photovoltaic materials and innovative manufacturing processes, can reduce production costs. Collaborative efforts among governments, research institutions, and private companies can accelerate these advancements.

The implementation process involves:

1. Research and Development:

Investigating novel materials and designs to enhance solar panel efficiency and durability while keeping production costs low.

2. Local Manufacturing:

Establishing local solar panel manufacturing facilities to reduce import costs and create job opportunities, thus contributing to economic growth.

3. Incentives and Policies:

Governments can offer incentives such as tax breaks or subsidies to encourage individuals and businesses to adopt solar energy systems.

4. Infrastructure Development:

Developing a robust grid infrastructure to efficiently distribute solar-generated power to urban and rural areas.

5. Community Engagement:

Educating communities about the benefits of solar energy and involving them in the adoption process can drive acceptance and ownership.

6. Research Partnerships:

Collaborating with international organizations and universities for knowledge exchange and technology transfer can accelerate progress.

The adoption of cost-efficient solar panels will not only address energy challenges but also have positive environmental impacts by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and minimizing the ecological disruptions associated with large-scale hydroelectric projects.

Ultimately, this transition can provide Ghana and Africa with reliable, sustainable, and accessible energy sources, improving living conditions and fostering economic development thereby leading to the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 7.

Titus Puorizaa.

BSc. (Hons.) Chemistry.

Renewable and Clean Energy Advocate.

MasterCard Foundation Scholar.

Source: Ghana Web