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Achimota School Rejects GES Directive To Admit Rastafarians

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Achimota School Rejects GES Directive To Admit Rastafarians

Achimota School Rejects Rastafarians: Achimota School has rejected a directive by the Ghana Education Service to admit two Rastafarian students.

Headmistress of the school after a crunch meeting on Monday with the regional director of education and the GES stated that the school will not compromise on its school rules and will only admit the students if they take off their dreadlocks.

The Ghana Education Service (GES) over the weekend directed the headmistress of Achimota School to admit the two teenage students whose admissions were withdrawn due to their dreadlocks.

The directive followed an intense and sustained online protest against the decision of the Achimota school authorities.

But EIB’s Fritz Ameghashie reports that after the meeting on Monday, the Headmistress of Achimota school stated that either the parents compromise on their religious beliefs and allow their children to take off the deadlocks or students will be refused admission to the school.

The decision by the school comes after the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) on Monday fiercely resisted a directive from the Ghana Education Service for the management of Achimota School to admit two students with dreadlocks.

NAGRAT President Eric Angel Carbonu said the exemptions will lead to a chaotic school environment in the country and has asked the GES to redirect the management of Achimota School to ensure students abide by rules.

He said “the population of students in Achimota Senior High School is about 4,000 students with about 130 teachers. To be able to manage 4,000 students coming from different homes with different upbringing, different training and different behaviour need to have universal rules and regulation that ought to be followed by all students in school, We cannot begin, this day, to start making exemptions for individual students based on their belief, based on their culture, based on their tradition, and based on many other issues”.

“That will lead to a chaotic school environment. And a chaotic school environment becomes an indisciplined school environment that cannot produce the result that we expect. NAGRAT totally disagrees with the position of the management of the GES and we are calling on the GES to redirect the headmistress and the staff of the Achimota Senior High School to ensure that the rules and regulations of Achimota School and indeed any other senior high school is abided by every student.”

Mr. Carbonu added “one does not understand why people want to turn our schools into deregulated institutions where people’s whims and caprices hold way. The school is not a fashion environment, the school is not an environment to exhibit one’s religious beliefs. The school is an environment for training and conformity is part of the training.”

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Top 4 Senior Highs Schools in Ghana with enviable academic reputation

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Top 4 Senior Highs Schools in Ghana with enviable academic reputation

Top 4 Senior Highs Schools in Ghana: The competition among senior high schools in Ghana is one of the fierce thugs in the country’s educational landscape.

Ghanaians are so much concerned about their high schools. The grading of high schools into categories by the  Ghana Education Service set them apart based on the academic, and resource endowments. These categories are; Category A, B, C, and D with Category A schools being the top schools with more resources and the highest number of graduates landing in the top public universities in the country. Category D schools are those considered to be less privileged

It is every parent’s dream to see their wards have their high school education in one of the category A schools.

To provide clarity and motivation to other schools to work hard  academically in order to become part of the top ranking senior high schools in the country, we have made a selection the top four senior high schools with an enviable academic reputation. These include:

 

1. Presbyterian Boys Senior High School (PRESEC-Legon)

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The six times winner of the National Science and Maths Quiz has a lengthy academic achievements which spans from the 90’s to date. PRESEC has produced notable personalities in the country such as Professor Ernest Aryeetey former Vice-Chancelor of University of Ghana, Professor Aaron Mike-Oquaye former speaker of Ghana’s parliament, Kwaku Sintim-Misa an actor and a political satirist, Lucy Quist first Ghanaian woman to become CEO of a multinational company, and many others.

 

2. Prempeh College

Prempeh College located in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region is undoubtedly one of the best high schools in the country. The three times winner of National Robotics Championship has been a major contestor to PRESEC-Legon in National Science and Maths Quiz. Graduates of Prempeh have been topping the Admission list of Kwame Nkrumaha University of Science and Technology (KNUST) especially in the sciences.

 

3. Mfantsipim School

mfantsipim school Top 4 Senior Highs Schools in Ghana

Still enjoying their past glories, Mfantsipim School which is affectionately called ‘The School’ by its old boys has been two times champions of the National Science and Maths Quiz. The school has produced important personalities in the country including Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata, Kwasi Twum of Multimed Group, Van Vicker, Hon. Joe Ghartey, and several other personsalities.

 

4. Bishop Herman College

Bishop herman Top 4 Senior Highs Schools in Ghana

Bishop Herman College a Catholic Mission school has been able to hold unto its past glories and continues to thrive in its academic achievements. Bishop Herman stands as the best performing school in the Volta Region according to WAEC rankings and their passion for science led them to win the maiden edition of the National Robotics Competition and two subsequent competitions. The school runs course in General Science, General Arts, Business, and Agriculture.

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NAGRAT calls for up to 20% salary increment for workers

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) is seeking an urgent increase in salaries by between 15 and 20 percent, for all government workers

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The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) is seeking an urgent increase in salaries by between 15 and 20 percent, for all government workers, especially teachers.

In an interview with Citi News ahead of the May Day celebrations, the President of the association, Angel Carbonu, said the increased cost of living necessitated the call for salary increments.

“A 15 to 20 percent increment in income will not be bad looking at the situation that confronts us as workers,” he said.

“When it comes to food items, our wives and our sisters and our mothers will tell you that prices of these commodities have all shot up in the market,” Angel Carbonu added. “The banks that we work with [have written] to us as an organisation amending the interest rates that we have agreed with them.”

Also, ahead of the May Day celebration, the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) reiterated concerns with the conditions of service of its members.

It highlighted the non-conclusion of negotiation on the conditions of service for the public universities, the 2021 minimum wage, and the failure of some directors to implement the reviewed conditions for GES staff.

Its grievances compelled it to go on strike in January.

TEWU said the strike was necessitated by the failure of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission to conclude negotiation on their demand for better conditions of service.

The union in a statement said it was not “happy with the way some GES directors want to use rough tactics by holding on to the old conditions of service with the excuse that they do not have the hard copy of the review document though the soft copy is available.”

On the conditions of service used for workers in public universities, TEWU said “we hope to have a clear indication on the way forward when the national labour commission makes pronouncements on the issue”.

Upon further clarity, it expressed hope that “Government agencies concerned will respect the outcome to sustain industrial harmony in our tertiary institutions.”

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Legon: National Service Personnel falls from 4th Floor of Sarbah Hall

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The authorities of the University of Ghana have called for calm after a man believed to be a national service person, reportedly fell from the 4th floor of the Mensah Sarbah Hall to the ground.
He is reportedly receiving medical care at the Legon Hospital.

He is said to have fallen from the fourth floor of the Mensah Sarbah Hall Annex A at dawn on Friday, April 23, 2021.

The Dean of Students, Prof Godfred Bokpin has called for calm and said investigations were underway to establish what really happened and that the facts would be put out.

“What has happened has happened, but the issue is being investigated, the police, the hall authorities, we are all involved trying to get to the bottom of it, but whilst we are at that, we will urge every student to be calm and keep to their core activities…, and they should not feed into the rumor making rounds but very soon an official communication will be issued by the university.”

The victim, whom some have identified as Wahab Abdulai, is said to have slipped and fallen from the balcony.

He is expected to be transferred from the Legon Hospital to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for further treatment.

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