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Nana Addo Launches GALOP Initiative with $219 Million For 10,000 Low-Performing Basic Schools

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Nana Addo Launches GALOP Initiative with $219 Million For 10,000 Low-Performing Basic Schools

Nana Addo Launches GALOP Initiative: The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has launched the Ghana Accountability and Learning Outcomes Project (GALOP), which will help drive standards and quality in some ten thousand low-performing basic schools across the country.

Launching the Project on Thursday, 18th June, 2020, at Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo indicated that, in spite of the numerous steps Government has taken, over the last three and half years, to improve basic education in the country, a lot more work needs to be done.

According to the President, “we must address the problem of low learning outcomes that reflect in the performance of some of our children at the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA), Early Grade Mathematics Assessment (EGMA), and Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).”

To achieve the desired improvement in learning for all of Ghana’s children, who go through the school system, in literacy, numeracy and critical thinking skills, Government, the President said, is determined to ensure that children in every part of the country are taught by professional teachers.

“We remain focused on ensuring equitable teacher deployment, and strengthening accountability regimes. That is why Government is pleased to be collaborating with the World Bank in introducing the Ghana Accountability and Learning Outcomes Project (GALOP),” he added.

Under GALOP, Government will invest some two hundred and nineteen million dollars ($219 million) on a comprehensive set of interventions that addresses constraints from teaching to learning in our schools.

“Through this Programme, teachers, in the early grades, will be provided with continuous training, in line with the new curriculum; schools will receive teaching and learning materials; heads of schools will be trained on improved school management techniques; and supervision and assessment systems will be strengthened,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo added, “Ten thousand (10,000) low-performing basic schools, across the country, have already been selected to benefit from the Project, and I am confident that the implementation of GALOP will help drive standards and quality in these schools.”

Expressing his appreciation to the World Bank and DFID, co-sponsors of the Project, the President reiterated the commitment of his government to the goals of the Project.

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Outlining the efforts made by Government, upon his assumption of office in January 2017, to improve access to education, the President stated that “I made no secret my intention of putting education at the heart of my vision for the growth, development and transformation of Ghana.”

That is why Government has implemented significant reforms to improve access, quality of education, infrastructure, teacher training and professionalisation, curriculum development, school inspection, and technical and vocational education and training.

Through the Free SHS policy, President Akufo-Addo noted that 1.2 million Ghanaian children, the largest in the history of the country, are now in the country’s education ecosystem, four hundred thousand (400,000) of whom would otherwise have been excluded.

Additionally, he added that “over the last three and a half (3½) years, we have done a significant amount of work to boost education at the primary school level. In September 2017, we introduced a new curriculum for kindergarten to primary school, that reflects the realities of our aspirations. Under this administration, we have increased the capitation grant by one hundred and twenty percent (120%), from GH¢4.50 per child to GH¢10.00. We continue to invest in infrastructure, and in the supply of teaching and learning materials for our children.”

On improving the welfare of teachers, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that Government has restored, since coming into office three and a half years ago, and paid up to date teacher trainee allowances, which were abolished by the previous administration.

In addition to the yearly average increase in salaries of ten percent (10%), over the last three (3) years, Government is, for the first time in our history, paying a professional allowance to teachers.

“We have cleared the arrears, and promotions due teachers have also been effected. At the start of the 2018/19 academic year, all Colleges of Education were upgraded to university colleges. A 4-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree has been introduced in University Colleges of Education,” he said.

He continued, “This means that, soon, a first degree will be the minimum requirement for teaching at any level of the education system. Further, in September 2018, the Government rolled out the teacher licensure programme, aimed at improving professional standards in line with best practices across the globe. The aim of the teacher reform programme is to enhance capacity, and improve the quality of teacher training to enable teachers respond to educational needs.”

 


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Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has released an updated version of the  2021/2022 cut-off aggregates for all degree programmes. Prospective students are to take note of the various programmes and their required cut-off points. This should only serve as a guide.

Below is a full list of the KNUST cut-off points for the 2021/2022 academic year of admissions;

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Akufo-Addo assents bill to merge GIJ, NAFTI and GIL

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Akufo-Addo assents bill to merge GIJ, NAFTI, and GIL

A new Bill which seeks to merge the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), the Ghana Institute of Languages (GIL), and the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) into a single university has received Presidential Assent.

The government commenced processes to merge the institutions into a fully-fledged university of communication studies in 2019, leading to the formulation of the University of Media Arts and Communication (UMAC) Bill to give legal backing to the merger.

It explained that the move would help create synergies and improve communication studies in the country.

The Rector of the GIJ, Professor Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo, announced this at the fourth session of the 14th Congregation of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at the institute’s new campus at North Dzorwulu, Accra, yesterday.

Prof. Kwansah-Aidoo said the GIJ was excited about the development because it would provide opportunities to build on synergies and also safeguard the history and identity of each institution.

“As the firstborn of the institutions in this merger, and also the only institution in this triumvirate with a Presidential Charter to award degrees, we would like to assure the President that we are ready to provide the necessary leadership for the realization of our objectives,” he added.

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A total of 197 students graduated from the university. They consisted of seven Master of Arts Degree in Journalism and 86 Master of Arts in Public Relations students.

Thirteen others graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Media Management and 91 in Master of Arts Degree in Development Communication.

The Photo Editor of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GGCL), Mr. Douglas Anane-Frimpong, and a member of staff at the Adverts Unit of the GCGL, Mr. Azure Imoro Abdulai, were among the graduands.

Mr. Seshie Edem was adjudged the Overall Best Student in all disciplines.

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Prof. Kwansah-Aidoo said the GIJ had received financial clearance to recruit more staff in all departments to augment its staff strength.

“As a relatively young and fast-growing tertiary institution, we are still putting in place necessary structures and processes that require more staff and infrastructure,” he added.

The Head of Marketing and Communications at Stanbic Bank, Mr. Mawuko Afadzinu, who was the guest speaker, advised the graduands to continuously upgrade their skills to match up with the changing demands of the industry.

He also encouraged them to find creative solutions to everyday problems to give practical meaning to the training they had received for national development.

“The speed of change in the workplace over the past four years has been like none ever. Remind yourselves that the course of education never ends. Keep immersing yourselves in new knowledge and don’t be trapped in the orthodoxy of the past,” Mr. Afadzinu added.

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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

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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

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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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