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UEW Thanks Nana Akufo-Addo For Building Centre For Teacher Education

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UEW Thanks Nana Akufo-Addo For Building Centre For Teacher Education

The Management of University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has expressed gratitude to President Akufo-Addo for the unflinching support to the University in building a globally renowned centre of excellence for teacher education.

Rev. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni, Vice-Chancellor (VC) of UEW, commended the President and the government on behalf of the Governing Council and Management of the University at a special congregation at Winneba.

He said as an academic community, they conscientiously reminded themselves of the power of education to profoundly change the world.

Madam Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, Chief of Staff, who represented President Nana Akufo-Addo, delivered his speech and also commissioned recently completed projects.

Five of the projects were named after former President John Agyekum Kufuor, former Finance Minister late Kodwo Baah Wiredu, Prof. Akwesi Asabere-Ameyaw, Prof. Emmanuel Kwesi Ampene and Dr Joseph Ebo Bannerman for their distinguished roles in the Country.

The congregation was to recognize and celebrate Right Reverend Prof. Aaron Michael Oquaye and Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh and to also conferred Honorary Doctorate on them for their outstanding contributions towards shaping the quality of life of Ghanaians and the image of the country.

Rev. Prof. Afful-Broni assured that the Management of the institution was determined and would continue to dedicate their lives to the nation to achieve total holistic education.

The VC said the two awardees would join the list of distinguished persons, who have received the prestigious award, bringing the number of honorary degree holders of the UEW since 2004 to 23.

He further thanked predecessors of the university for their respective roles and goodwill in driving the university from its humble beginnings to a formidable institution since its establishment some 29 years ago.

Highlighting some of the achievements the university under his regime had chalked, he said through its internally generated fund (IGF), it had initiated the construction of 14 new ultra-modern 500-seater lecture theatres across the various campuses of the University.

He said 10 of them were on Winneba campus and two each at the then Kumasi and Asante Mampong satellite campuses while an additional two would be built at the Kumasi campus.

The university constructed student-centeredness, an ultra-modern student’s Centre, Food court, School of Creative Arts Block, five-storey technology block, which has seven lecture halls, 4,000-seater auditorium, 20 audio-visual rooms, and library.

On-going projects included a six-storey lecture block with 200 offices, 30 lecture theatres and offices at Winneba and a three-storey facility block at the Ajumako campus.

Also, an ultra-modern 100-bed university hospital with several consulting rooms, Outpatient Department, emergency centre, pharmacy, two operation theatres, radiography centre, among others are being built to serve the health needs of the university community and the neighbouring communities, among many other projects.

“I recall vividly the solemn pledge I made to you (President Nana Akuffo Addo), on the occasion of my investiture as the Fourth Vice-Chancellor of the UEW, to lay a solid foundation for the intake of the anticipated large numbers of the first batch of the Free SHS product, hence the huge investment on infrastructures made,” he stated.

“I aligned my vision to the corporate strategic plan that directs the shaping of our university into one of the best tertiary institutions in the world,” Rev Prof Afful-Broni added.

Source: GNA

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GES releases guidelines for 2021 school selection

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GES releases guidelines for 2021 school selection

The Ghana Education Service (GES), has released guidelines for the 2021 school selection process.

In a press statement, GES said all Senior High Schools (SHS), Senior High Technical Schools (SHTS) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions had been placed in four categories – A, B, C and D.

It asked all candidates to choose their first to fifth choices from schools in category A, B and C in order of their preference, adding that, each choice must have a programme and accommodation preference, day or boarding.

The Service asked candidates and parents to note that category A schools could only be selected once and Category B schools, twice, however, a candidate could select all five choices from category C.

“In category A, a candidate can select only one school; in category B, a candidate can select two schools, and in category c, a candidate can select five schools,” it stated.

The statement said candidates were to select a compulsory day school as sixth choice from category D or choose a boarding school from the list of schools in appendix three of the 2021 schools register as special boarding.

“Category D represent the Day school option. These are schools that candidates can attend as day students and, therefore, must be schools that are, located in the candidates’ catchment area. Appendix three contains special boarding schools that can be selected as boarding for the sixth choice,” it stressed.

The statement said for candidates who wished to offer TVET programmes, they should select all six TVETS schools from Category A, B and C as Day or Boarding.

It entreated parents and guardians to supervise their wards in the selection and filling process and ensure that they signed and submitted the forms to their current Junior High Schools.

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Bawku gets ATC Ghana Digital ICT Learning Centre

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Bawku gets ATC Ghana Digital ICT Learning Centre

ATC Ghana Digital ICT Learning Centre, has been commissioned at Aminiya Islamic School at Daduri in the Bawku Municipality of the Upper East Region.

The Digital Community Facility in Bawku, which is the first to be established by ATC Ghana in the Upper East Region, will serve both pupils and residents of the Municipality.

Digital Communities are learning centres that use the uninterrupted electrical power and internet connectivity from ATC’s tower sites to provide free ICT learning in the communities we serve.

This year, ATC Ghana has rolled out Digital Communities at four locations namely Bawku in the Upper East Region, Akontombra in the Western North Region, Berekum in the Ahafo Region and Asuom in the Eastern Region.

The four new Digital Communities add up to the six facilities already operating at Jamasi in the Ashanti Region, Savelugu in the Northern Region, Tarkwa in the Western Region, Bawdua in the Eastern Region, Makola in the Greater Accra Region and Battor in the Volta Region.

American Tower Corporation, ATC Ghana’s parent company, is a leading owner and operator of communications sites for the wireless and broadcast industries.

ATC Ghana is the leading tower company in Ghana, and also the largest with over 3,900 communications sites across the country.

Mr Yahaya Yunusa, Chief Executive Officer, ATC Ghana Limited, in his address at the launch in Bawku said ATC’s global solutions include over 214,000 towers, 2,000 managed rooftops, in-building and outdoor DAS (Distributed Antenna System) networks, and a suite of services that speed network deployment.

“Our global sustainability initiatives focus heavily on education, particularly digital literacy, where wesupport underserved and unserved students, schools and communities by leveraging technology to improve their access to quality education,” he said.

He noted that through their Digital Communities, which was their flagship digital inclusion programme, they were deploying fully equipped ICT education centres throughout Ghana to create digitally empowered communities where users could learn without barriers.

He said in conjunction with key partners such as Africa ICT Right and Ghana Code Club, ATC Ghana seeks to provide ICT skills and entrepreneurial training to the youth to equip them with the right skill-sets to broaden their career prospects in an increasingly connected and interconnected world, either by increasing their employability or though entrepreneurship.

Mr Yunusa said the Digital Communities project was also in line with the Government of Ghana’s vision to digitalise all aspects of the Ghanaian economy under its Digital Ghana Agenda.

“We, at ATC Ghana, are proud to play a role in supporting Government’s vision of an inclusive digital economy while encouraging the aspirations of the many brilliant young people across the length and breadth of this country,” Mr Yunusa said.

“At ATC Ghana, we believe that supporting education by leveraging on technology as part of our sustainability goals is the right thing to do and we take great pride in how our organization demonstrates its commitment to the communities where we operate.

“We know that the Digital Communities are truly a great way of giving back to our society and thank you all once again for your generous support and contributions toward this launch here in this community.”

Madam Letitia Asiedu-Attafuah, Head of Human Resources, ATC Tower Ghana, said as a technology focused Company, ATC Ghana was very invested in ensuring equal access to quality ICT education to everyone and young people in particular.

Mr Abubakar Iddrisu Bawa, Presiding Member, Bawku Municipal Assembly, said the Facility was not only for the benefit of the pupils, and that the teachers would equally use it to upgrade their ICT knowledge.

Mr Azariya Ayariga, Bawku Municipal Director of Education, in a speech read on his behalf, urged the staff to ensure proper maintenance of the Facility.

Naba Yussif, Seid Nab, who chaired the function, expressed gratitude to ATC Ghana for the kind gesture.

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Volta Region supports KETASCO

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GNA – Schools in the Volta Region have thrown their support behind the Keta Senior High Technical School (KETASCO), the region’s representative at this year’s National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ), to ensure it brings the trophy home.

KETASCO defeated Wesley Girls Senior High School (SHS) and Tamale SHS to make history as the first school from the Volta Region to make it to the grand finale of the prestigious competition.

KETASCO otherwise known as ‘DZOLALI’ will on Friday, November 26, lock horns with two other finalists; Prempeh College and PRESEC Legon, out of the 146 schools, which started the month-long contest taking place in the Ashanti Region.

The stunning performance by the Keta ‘Eagle’ won the admiration of all past and present students of the school and other sister schools from the region, especially the Keta Business College.

People from the region who took to their social media handles to express how proud KETASCO had made Volta.

The Ghana News Agency (GNA) visited Keta, home to the Volta Regional representative of NSMQ 2021 finalists, to find out the level of excitement.

Mr Edwin Mensah, an 85-year old former librarian and old student of Bishop Herman College, Kpando, said he was so proud of the performance put up by the students of KETASCO.

Some students of KETASCO could not hide their joy as they prayed for their schoolmates to do their best to bring the trophy home.

“I’m so proud of them. We’re looking forward to them bringing the ultimate back here. I wish to be selected by the authorities to go and cheer them on that Friday to victory. It’s now or never for the Eagle to fly and fly very high,” Lordina Tettey, a student, said.

Mr Samuel Agbematu, Assistant Headmaster, Academics, KETASCO, said: “It took a lot of hard work for the students to attain that feat.”

Since they stepped onto the campus, they had been training in preparation for the competition, he said, and expressed the hope that they would emerge victorious on Friday.

He commended the efforts of tutors of the School, especially Mr Isaac Boateng and Mr Churchill Kukuia, and the past students, including Dr Ben Boafoah and Dr Emmanuel Agbematu for their roles in training the contesting students.

Mr Agbematu said the school had confidence in the team, especially the star contestant, Bright Gadzo, declaring that “we’ll win the cup not just for us but for Volta.”

Mr Charles Apreko, the Volta Regional Chairman, Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) and Headmaster of Kpando SHS, assured the contestants that “Volta is behind them.”

“I have a strong belief that we’re bringing the trophy home. All the schools in Volta are sending their congratulatory messages and well wishes. We’re in for the cup.”

“You have contributed tremendously to our efforts in projecting and promoting the Volta Region. We are proud of you, Champs. Congratulations! Come Friday, let the Eagle fly the #NSMQ2021 Trophy to Volta. You can.”

Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, the Volta Regional Minister, took to his Facebook page to motivate the contestants, saying: “The entire Volta Region is behind you”.

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