Obuasi SHS students build a Smart Ballot Box that stops multiple voting
Students of Obuasi Senior High School in the Ashanti Region have built a smart ballot box that is capable of detecting multiple voting. The ballot box according to the students displays the total number of eligible voters and prevents them from voting twice.
According to the students, the smart box has two compartments; the part that takes the paper from the voter and the box itself. The paper compartment has a roller made with PVC pipe, a gear motor and a sensor to detect the voter’s closeness to the box.
The paper compartment is programmed to take only one paper. The paper compartment is activated for the voter to cast his or her vote when he or she is 40cm away from the box.
When the ballot paper is placed on the surface of the box provided, the system will automatically take the ballot paper and drop it into the box and count it as one and display it on a screen for public viewing. The whole process continues throughout the elections.
International Open University (IOU) gets global accreditation for its degree programmes in the Gambia
International Open University (IOU) gets global accreditation for its degree programmes in The Gambia
The International Open University (IOU) has been accredited to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Islamic Economics, Banking and Finance, and Bachelor of Science in Psychology courses.
A statemnet from the university said the acrediation was confirmed by the National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority, NAQAA, in a letter signed by the Chief Executive Officer Dr. Gibril Jaw.
“The IOU received its first letter in March 2021, granting provisional accreditation for one year for its Bachelor of Arabic Language Studies programme, making it the first tertiary institution to ever be granted programme accreditation in The Gambia. The IOU deposited its six other programmes for accreditation soon after,” the statement from IOU said.
Dr. Cherno Omar Barry, the President of the International Open University, was visibly elated by this breakthrough, and he commended the CEO and his team for their steadfastness in ensuring a conducive environment for the development of tertiary and higher education. The CEO’s relentless efforts are paying off as many institutions are now responding positively to the required standards set by NAQAA for harmonized and quality post-secondary education.
Dr. Barry was once the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, under whose purview the NAQAA was established. He feels that opportunities are now available to provide the best university education to needy students in The Gambia.
He says that the International Open University is the brainchild of Dr. Bilal Philips and it is a tuition-free institution that is set to support the government in achieving a higher education for all in the critical areas of national development. The IOU was first given a provisional license to operate in 2014 and granted a three-year provisional institutional accreditation in 2019.
The institute operates in over 229 countries with over 600,000 students worldwide, and it has its headquarters in The Gambia.
The IOU presently provides undergraduate training to teachers across the country to meet the policy needs of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education in strengthening the quality of education at the secondary level and increasing the pass rate at the WASSCE. It also provides scholarships to needy students through its One Million Africa Scholarship project, called 1MAS.
Dr. Gibril Jaw, the CEO of NAQAA, has confirmed that all the other remaining IOU programmes will be given due consideration for accreditation soon.
Source: International Open University
Nana Addo Cuts Sod For GH¢32 Million Accra STEM Academy
Nana Addo Cuts Sod For GH¢32 Million Accra STEM Academy, a school, dedicated, principally, to the teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Nana Addo Cuts Sod For GH¢32 Million Accra STEM Academy; To Be Completed in 24 Months
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday, 12th January 2022, cut the sod for the construction of the Accra STEM Academy, a school, dedicated, principally, to the teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
The Academy, which will be constructed within the next twenty-four (24) months, will be completed from kindergarten to high school, with an expected population of some two thousand (2,000) students.
It will have a number of state-of-the-art facilities, including a four-storey classroom block, science laboratories, a sickbay, administrative area, staff common room, library, washrooms, canteen, and a one thousand, five hundred (1,500) capacity multi-purpose hall.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the Accra STEM Academy, being constructed at a cost of thirty-two million cedis (GH¢32 million), will equip learners from kindergarten to senior high school with 21st-century skills in problem-solving, creativity, communication, collaboration, data literacy, digital literacy, and computer science.
“In addition, the Accra STEM Academy will be a place where learners in junior high school will be provided with the options of learning basic engineering, manufacturing, and global studies to help them make informed decisions on their preferred programmes of choice at senior high school level,” he said.
Delivering a speech at the event, the President explained that Government attaches importance to the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at all levels of the nation’s educational system, in recognition of the centrality of STEM capability in the employment of science and technology towards Ghana’s nation’s development.
“Indeed, our world is essentially driven by technology. Energy, industry, agriculture, medicine and health, clean air and water, transportation, sanitation, the use, management, and conservation of natural resources – the successful exploitation of all these sectors depends, ultimately, on the application of science and technology. So, it is obvious that to be a part of this modern world, science and technology must be present at every stage of the development process,” he added.
Despite being one of the leading countries in guaranteeing access to quality education on the continent, President Akufo-Addo noted that Ghana’s education sector still requires some significant transformation to compete with the best in the world.
For example, he explained that Ghana must increase her Gross Tertiary Enrolment Ratio (GTER) from the current 18.84% to 40% by 2030, adding that “in accordance with Government’s Education Strategic Plan (ESP), targeted at increasing our science to humanities ratio from the current one of forty to sixty (40:60) to the desired sixty to forty (60:40) in favour of science, Government is repositioning our education system, anchored on STEM Education”.
As part of the Government’s commitment to the advancement of STEM education in the country, President Akufo-Addo stated that his administration has commenced the development of twenty (20) STEM Centres and ten (10) model STEM Senior High schools across the country, which are at various stages of completion.
“Some of these schools will be operationalized this year. These institutions and centers will be fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories to facilitate teaching and learning in all areas of study, including artificial intelligence and robotics,” he added.
Describing the Accra STEM Academy as a Ghana project, the President was confident that Ghana’s young people are going to acquire skills that would put them at par with their peers anywhere in the world.
“I expect parents and students to take advantage of this facility’s opportunities, and enroll in this STEM Academy. The government is committed to accelerating STEM education in Ghana, to train students with cutting-edge 21st-century skills. God-willing, within the next twenty-four (24) months, we will all be back here to witness the commissioning of the Accra STEM Academy,” he added.
Top 3 Senior High Schools in Eastern Region of Ghana
Top 3 Senior High Schools in Eastern Region of Ghana
Secondary school education is a critical stage in students’ educational life if they want to further their education to the tertiary class.
In Ghana, you can enter senior high school (secondary school) after completing approximately 12 years of basic education which comprises three years pre-school, six years primary school, and three years of Junior High School. The basic education is completed after writing the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) organized by the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
Students who pass the BECE are placed in the various senior high schools where they choose their area of interest; made of General Arts, Business, Agric, Visual Arts, and General Science. Students proceed to the tertiary institutions with these pathways they choose. The senior high school education is completed in three years after which students sit for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). A general final exam written in five West African countries including Liberia, Nigeria, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, and Ghana.
Just as in any other country, in Ghana, senior high schools are very key in one’s educational journey and people pride themselves a lot fo the kind of high schools they attended. In this editorial, we looking at the top 3 senior high schools in the Eastern part of Ghana that every parent dreams of sending their wards.
1. Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary
Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary (formerly St John’s Seminary and College, nicknamed POJOSS), is an all-boys boarding school, located at Effiduase, Koforidua, in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
It was established in 1958 by Bishop Joseph Oliver Bowers SVD as a Catholic seminary for boys who wished to become priests. Students are offered courses such as general arts, general science, business and visual arts to pursue and after their stay in the school, sit an external examination called the West African Senior School Certificate Examination to be placed in any of the tertiary institutions in the country.
Students are taught throughout the year, over a period of three academic terms. The first term of the academic year marks the enrollment of form one students to the school while the third term marks the graduation of form three students.
The programmes run by the school include General Science, General Arts, Business and Visual Arts. Form one applicants select four Elective courses. Unlike Elective courses, core courses are offered to all students, irrespective of their programme of study. The core courses in the school are: English language, core mathematics, social studies, integrated science, ICT, and physical education.
POJOSS is one of the prestigious senior high schools in the Eastern region of the country, Students from this school are classified as brilliant and they perform very well in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). Brilliant personalities they have churned out include Kwadwo Oppong Nkrumah, current Information Minister, Prof. Otu Elis, former Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, and Franklin Cudjoe, President of IMANI Africa.
2. Aburi Girls’ Senior High School
Aburi Girls’ Senior High School, formerly Aburi Girls’ Secondary School, also known as ABUGISS, is a Presbyterian senior high boarding school for girls located south of Aburi in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The brother school of Aburi Girls is Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School, also known as “PRESEC”.
The school has an enviable reputation of being one of the best female dominant high schools in the country. Their performance in the WASSCE is remarkable as most of their students end up in the top universities. The school offers programs in General Science, Business, and General Arts.
Notable persons that the school has produced include, the outstanding Biomedical Engineer who doubles as the Quiz Mistress for the National Science and Maths Quiz, Professor Elsie Effah Kaufmann, and Deloris Frimpong Manso, (a.k.a. Delay) a renowned media personality and an entrepreneur.
3. Krobo Girls’ Senior High School
Krobo Girls’ Senior High School is an all-female second-cycle institution in Odumasi Krobo in the Eastern Region of Ghana. It is a known fact that ladies from this school are smart and beautiful.
Their outstanding performances in the WASSCE and other national competitions add them to our list of the top 3 senior high schools in the Eastern Region. It is a grade-A school in the region.
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