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1,190 vehicles being supplied; 962 structures being built for Free SHS – Prez Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says his Government is confronting the inherent challenges that have been associated with the implementation of the Free Senior High School Policy.

With some 1.2 million children currently enrolled in Senior High Schools, the highest such enrolment in the country’s history, President Akufo-Addo stated that sufficient provision has been made in the 2020 budget for the continued construction of facilities.

Speaking at the 70th-anniversary celebration of Prempeh College in Kumasi, on Saturday, November 30, 2019, the President indicated that Government, this year, commenced the construction of 962 structures, comprising classrooms, dining halls, assembly halls, sanitary facilities, and dormitories, in senior high schools across the country.

“We are also providing a total of one thousand, one hundred and ninety (1,190) vehicles, made up of three hundred and fifty (350) buses and eight hundred and forty (840) pickups to schools in various areas in the country,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo assured the Ghanaian people of his Government’s determination to address head-on the problems that arise from the implementation of the policy.

Explaining the rationale for the implementation of the Free SHS policy, the President stated that he came into office at a time when, between 2013 and 2016, there was the unfortunate situation in Ghana where, on the average, 100,000 children, every year, who passed the B.E.C.E., could not take up their places in Senior High Schools, because they could not afford the fees, even though they had the qualifications.

“If this situation had persisted for a decade, one million children would have dropped out of school at the level of Junior High School, an unacceptable outcome for any nation in the 21st century,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo continued, “It would have been too dangerous for Ghana’s stability, as we would have been building a future of hopelessness for our youth. Such a situation was intolerable, and my party and I were determined to end it. That is why the Free Senior High School policy was introduced.”

The President noted that the countries that have made rapid progress around the world put education at the heart of their development.

He recounted how, in the late 19th century, the United States of America began to transition to publicly funded high school education, describing it as a daunting prospect at the time.

The experiment for paying for the education of so many children, for such an extended period of time out of limited public resources, transferring a potential workforce away from immediate productivity for investment in schooling, paid off.

“America set herself up for 20th-century success, creating a labour force fit for rapid economic development, which has inspired the emergence of the most powerful economy so far known to human history,” President Akufo-Addo added.

His Government, he stressed, is determined to follow suit, and this has resulted in some 1.2 million children currently enrolled in Senior High Schools in Ghana, the highest such enrolment in our history.

“This means that, over the last three years, some four hundred thousand (400,000) more students, as compared to 2016, have had the opportunity of gaining access to our senior high schools. We intend to make sure that no child is denied the opportunity of senior high school education by reason of poverty,” the President added.

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African Business Leaders Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degrees in Dubai, UAE

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African Business Leaders Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degrees in Dubai, UAE

8th June 2021, Dubai, UAEMG Business Solutions in association with Swiss School of Business & Management presented Honorary Doctorate Degrees 2021 to African business leaders whose exemplified leadership qualities, vision, and service attributed to their outstanding public service amidst global crises.

Themed “The Values of Selfless”, the ceremony was held at W-Hotel, The Palm, Dubai and was presided over by Mario Silic, Dean of Swiss School of Business & Management, Switzerland via Zoom.  Modeling excellence and commitment to driving the African agenda, thirteen recipients across various industries were acknowledged for their outstanding governance and commitment to serving others. The awards are expected to become an annual event and will operate as a source of inspiration to African leaders across the spectrum.

Roberta Ayalingo receiving her Honorary Doctorate Degree

Roberta Ayalingo receiving her Honorary Doctorate Degree

The Honorary Doctorate Degrees are presented to individuals for their exceptional contributions to society or as recognition of lifetime achievement within their specialized field. While the recipients do not have to meet academic qualifications, the awards are conferred to personalities whose community integration is an integral part embedded into their professional ethos.

To officiate the event, Mario Silic, praised the African leaders for their perseverance and their determination to present an unbiased African narrative. In his opening address he emphasized on the importance of social agenda within business transformation.

“The pandemic brought about formidable challenge; intellectual energies were confronted with the reality of unpredictability of our times and the impact on business and communities. This Honorary Doctorate Award is the light at the end of the tunnel; it represents a turning point by acknowledging exemplary leadership at the forefront of human capital development. As global economy moves towards recovery, our theme “The Value of Selfless” appropriately takes into account societal impact delivered by organisations and its executives” said Mr. Dr. Michael Adegoke, CEO, MG Business Solutions.

MGBS continues to produce programmes to match demands of the evolving business landscape in Africa. Collaborations with government and private sectors ensure MGBS maintains strategic associations to facilitate cross pollination amongst corporations and industries. With its diverse portfolio, MGBS strives to streamline its business to deliver sustainable solutions, corporate value and human capital essential.

The Awardees

  • Mr. Godwin Kofi Akuamoah, Managing Director & CEO – Right Consult & General Suppliers Ltd
  • Roberta Ayalingo, Managing Director & Founder – Wibexly Gh Ltd
  • Mukesh V. Thankwani – B5 Plus Steel Industry
  • Daniel Asamoah Adu, CEO – Glory Inventing & Research Mission
  • Dr. George Gyamfi-Osew – Director, Operations, National Lottery Authority
  • Felix Mawuli Kamassah – CEO, Maphlix Trust Ghana Ltd
  • Godspower Oshodin – Founder, Solution Media Global Ltd
  • Dr. Francis Kaboo – Professor
  • Benson Opoku – Founder, Akro-Farms Limited
  • Eng. Michael Krakue – Executive Chairman, ADK Consortium
  • Benjamin Kingsley Sarpong – Managing Director, Chase Petroleum Ghana Ltd
  • Dr. Andrew Kwabena Asamoah – Founder & CEO, A&C Development Co. Ltd.
  • Hugh Keku Aryee – COO, Hanergy Global Group

 


SOURCE: graceandgarbo.com 

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VALCO Trust Fund launches project to remove schools under trees

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VALCO Trust Fund launches project to remove schools under trees

VALCO Trust Fund launches project to remove schools under trees

The VALCO Trust Fund has launched an ambitious project to remove schools living under trees in the country.
The Fund, with a projected budget of Ghc3.5 billion, seeks to construct, within a period of five years, some 5,403 schools which currently operate under trees and which are in dilapidated or makeshift structures.

Executive Director of VALCO Trust Fund Kelvin Yeboah, in a press conference in Accra, announced that the Fund will, by June 4, this year, cut the sod for the start of the project at Karaga in Northern Region, and which will witness the initial construction of some eighteen schools.

According to Mr. Kelvin Yeboah, the initial eighteen structures, which are scheduled to be completed in three years, have been selected from all the regions and it is estimated to cost a whopping Ghc6 million.

Mr. Yeboah has also disclosed that the structures will include classroom blocks for KGs, primary and junior high schools with ancillary facilities like head-teacher’s offices, staff common rooms, toilet facilities, libraries, ICT laboratories, and boreholes and pieces of furniture to be supplied.

He revealed that the Ministry of Energy has pledged to extend electricity to the schools in order to boost the delivery of education services.

Director-General of Ghana Education Service Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa has expressed his gratitude to the Fund for the gesture and pledged the Service’s support to the project.

Meanwhile, a website, www.schoolsundertrees.com, has been launched for easy access to the schools via digital addresses, when the project is completed.

Source: GES

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17-year old final year SHS student shockingly commits suicide at Sunyani

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SHS student shockingly commits suicide at Sunyani

17-year old final year SHS student shockingly commits suicide at Sunyani

SHS student shockingly commits suicide: The shocking news making trend in the Bono region’s capital Sunyani is the death of a beautiful 17-year-old final year student of Miracle Senior High School.

The young lady by the name, Leticia Kyere Pinaman has allegedly committed suicide as confirmed by the Police in the city. The headmistress of the school Madam Gifty Acheampong also confirmed the sudden death of Leticia to the media.

Leticia Kyere Pinaman SHS student shockingly commits suicide at Sunyani

Leticia Kyere Pinaman

According to the initial statement of the Police, the incident happened around 7:30pm on Monday (17 May) while the rest of the students were at the church auditorium for Bible studies.

However, the police are yet to establish the cause of her death and we will bring you all the details in this regard.

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