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The MCE for Asokre Mampong in the Ashanti region, Alidu Seidu says investigations conducted by his office has revealed that, a teacher asked students of the  Parkoso Community Day Senior High School to sit on the bare floor in the bid to fast track  a donation  from a philanthropist.   It was reported by some media houses that students sit on the bare floor for class work, and the few desks available, are shared by students in pairs.   However, speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the MCE said a teacher told the students that someone was planning to donate some educational materials to the school hence to ensure that, the items were delivered to the school, they were asked to sit on the floor.   He said the students who were captured on camera sitting on the floor, confirmed that the teacher arranged with them to paint that negative picture.   The teacher he revealed would be sanctioned for painting a negative picture.   He said, we identified the class where the incident occurred and upon entering, we saw all the students sitting on desks writing a class test. And upon interrogation, they confirmed that the teacher asked them to sit on the floor.'' Mr. Seidu said any teacher or education officer who would work against the education policy, maybe asked to step aside.  
The chief of  Mamfe Gidikpe, Torgbi Dzidzi has admonished parents to support in the effective management of the free senior high school policy. He says instead of Ghanaians attacking the policy and predicting its failure, they should rather support it. The voluntary fund proposed by government he noted was highly acceptable and has charged individuals to contribute when it becomes operational. Using himself as an example, he said he studied under a tree but was determined and focused hence his ability to pursue higher education. Torgbi Dzidzi called into the morning show after host; Kwame Tutu had slammed doomsayers of the policy. He commended the host for his position on the issue and said he had personally employed pupil teachers to teach children in the area and as as citizens, we have to help in giving our children better education.    
The Paramount Chief of the Krachi Traditional Area, Nana Mprah Besemuna III, has said the process to divide the Volta region started in 1970 and not today.   Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the traditional leader said, traditional leaders during the era of the late Prof. Busia petitioned government to divide Volta North from Volta South.   The decision he revealed was because residents in the northern part of the region, did not get a fair share of the national cake.   He said development from government stopped at Hohoe hence their decision to appeal to government in 1970 to divide the region.   Nana Mprah Besemuna III stressed, the process did not start under President Nana Akufo-Addo as speculated. He added, after the process stalled under Prof. Busia, we again petitioned former President Kufour and we were asked to come and defend our request and we were told that the Council of State will have a role to play and make recommendations to the president, however, the process was not completed before Kufour left office.   So when the current president was on tour during his campaign, we appealed to him to get the region divided and he gave his assurance that he will pursue it. And after he won, we sent another petition to him to remind him of our request, he told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm. He also expressed shock at those claiming that he [Nana Besemuna II] was influencing the division of the region when the same process started in 1970. The Herald newspaper had reported that a group in the region,  expressed their disappointment in the ruler for being a ‘’traitor’’. But he says the move is in the best interest for residents in the region and an individual cannot be credited or blamed for pursuing a course to get the region divided.   He concluded that there was nothing bad asking reiterating a call by their forefathers in the bid to seek better development for their people.
Zimbabwe's former vice-president, whose sacking led to the shock resignation of long-time leader Robert Mugabe, could be sworn in as the new president within hours, the ruling party says. Emmerson Mnangagwa, who fled to South Africa two weeks ago, is due to arrive back on Wednesday, the Zanu-PF says. His dismissal led both the party and the military to intervene and force an end to Mr Mugabe's 37-year long rule. The news sparked wild celebrations across the country late into the night. The announcement that the 93-year-old was stepping down came in the form of a letter read out in parliament on Wednesday, abruptly halting impeachment proceedings against him. In it, Mr Mugabe said he was resigning to allow a smooth and peaceful transfer of power, and that his decision was voluntary. A Zanu-PF spokesman said Mr Mnangagwa, 71, would serve the remainder of Mr Mugabe's term until elections which are due to take place by September 2018. He is expected to land back in Zimbabwe at 11:30 GMT and be sworn-in on either Wednesday or Thursday, one of his allies, Larry Mavhima, told Reuters. Nicknamed the "crocodile" due to his political cunning, Mr Mnangagwa issued a statement from exile calling on Zimbabweans to unite to rebuild the country. "Together, we will ensure a peaceful transition to the consolidation of our democracy, and bring in a fresh start for all Zimbabweans and foster peace and unity," Mr Mnangagwa told Zimbabwe's NewsDay on Tuesday. His firing by Robert Mugabe two weeks ago triggered an unprecedented political crisis in the country. It had been seen by many as an attempt to clear the way for Grace Mugabe to succeed her husband as leader and riled the military leadership, who stepped in and put Mr Mugabe under house arrest. Under the constitution, the role of successor would normally go to the serving vice-president, Phelekezela Mphoko. However, Mr Mphoko - a key ally of Grace Mugabe - is not believed to be in the country, and there are reports that he has been fired by Zanu-PF. Some have questioned whether the handover to Mr Mnangagwa will bring about real change in the country. He was national security chief at a time when thousands of civilians died in post-independence conflict in the 1980s, though he denies having blood on his hands. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai told the BBC he hoped that Zimbabwe was on a "new trajectory" that would include free and fair elections. He said Mr Mugabe should be allowed to "go and rest for his last days".   Prominent opposition politician David Coltart tweeted: "We have removed a tyrant but not yet a tyranny."   African Union president Alpha Conde said he was "truly delighted" by the news, but expressed regret at the way Mr Mugabe's rule has ended. "It is a shame that he is leaving through the back door and that he is forsaken by the parliament," he said.   Source:BBC
      Only 56 out of the 674 public senior high schools (SHSs) in the country have so far submitted their returns on the funds released to them under the implementation of the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy. None of the well-endowed schools have submitted their returns. No school in the Volta, Upper East and Upper West regions has submitted any returns either, while one and two schools in the Western and Ashanti regions respectively, have submitted theirs. Four schools each in the Brong Ahafo, Central and Eastern regions have submitted their returns while five schools in the Greater Accra Region have also submitted their returns. The Northern Region is the only one that has the highest number of 36 schools submitting their returns. Implementation plan Under the implementation of the Free SHS programme, all schools received an upfront payment of 20 percent of their funds, based on the number of students that they had stated they could admit. This was to help them acquire perishable food items for feeding the students and also for the general running of the schools.  The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, who disclosed this in an interview, explained that “the balance was to be released to a school once it has submitted its returns to the GES on the number of students they have actually enrolled and the necessary deductions made.” So-called first-class schools Prof. Opoku-Amankwa said, strangely, none of the so-called first-class schools had submitted their returns, stating, for instance, that in the Central Region, those that had submitted their returns were Eguafo-Abrem SHS, Bisease SHS, Swedru School of Business and Enyanmaim Community SHSs. He added that in the Ashanti Region, Asare Bediako SHS and Adomewure SHS were the only schools that had submitted theirs, while the Accra Girls’ SHS, Tema SHS, Our Lady of Mercy SHS, Ada Technical Institute and Odorgonno SHSs, all in the Greater Accra Region, had also submitted their returns. Team on tour Prof. Opoku-Amankwa said the GES had decided that it would process the returns it had received so far for the remaining funds to be made available to the schools. He indicated that a team made up of the Chairman of the GES Council, acting Deputy Director-General of the GES, the Coordinator of the Free SHS Secretariat and a representative of the National Food Buffer Stock Company had embarked on a nationwide tour from November 20 which would end on December 8, 2017 to meet heads of schools to address such challenges. He added that the service was hopeful that the heads of schools would take advantage of the tour and submit their returns to enable the GES to reconcile with their figures and be able to disburse the rest of the funds allocated to them. Outgoing CHASS President Referring to a comment by the outgoing CHASS President, Mrs Cecilia Kwakye Coffie, to the effect that even though heads of schools had submitted the enrolment figures and also engaged the government on several occasions, nothing was forthcoming; he said Mrs Coffie was not being honest with the truth. Prof. Opoku-Amankwa stated that Mrs Coffie and CHASS contributed in the discussions they had prior to the arrangements agreed on before the implementation of the Free SHS programme, and was, therefore, surprised that she would choose to make such statements. Mrs Coffie was quoted as saying that “it is a fact that heads of schools are under serious pressure but are afraid to voice it, for fear of intimidation and sanction.”   Source:Daily Graphic
The Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital in the Cental region has decided to release over 100 patients due to a pending sit down strike action to start tomorrow [Thursday]. Management of the facility held an emergency meeting to arrive at the decision because the strike action will affect delivery of care. Spokesperson for the Psychiatric Nurses Group, Emmanuel Ofori confirmed the decision and said they have decided to embark on the strike because they want their medical director to be removed from office by the Health Minister. The group in October petitioned the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu through the mental health authority to remove the Hospital Director, Dr. Eugene Dordoye citing issues of poor relationship and disrespect to staff. In the three page petition, the concerned staff claim that the hospital director embarrasses leadership of the nursing administration in the presence of trainee nurses, patients and relatives. They further accused Mr. Dordoye of purchasing three 32 LG television at a cost of GHC 20, 880 with each costing GHC5,220 and also allowing his wife to use the hospital Nissan Navara Pick-Up to run her private catering services.   According to the group, Mr. Dordoye has also taken over virtually every unit preventing division of labour and distributes government bungalow to his favourites without consulting the estate manager.
Morning show host for Rainbow Radio’s Frontline, Kwame Tutu has lambasted individuals predicting doom for government’s free senior high school.   The host on Wednesday morning poured his heart out and wondered why some individuals are bent on seeing the flagship education policy flop.   In his view, the action by the  doomsayers should be widely condemned since it does not augur well for our development as a nation.   Mr. Tutu passionately stated that he would rather have his children go to school and sit on the floor and learn than to sit home due to the unavailability of furniture for students.   He said it was about time Ghanaians become serious with our development and pursue a path that will make our development achievable instead of being doomsayers. He also slammed those criticizing the decision by government to establish a fund to solicit for voluntary donations to help it run the free senior school effectively. ‘’If you have a good intension for Ghana then one policy you need to support and speak about it with intelligence and sense of patriotism, is the free senior school…It will be better for a child to go to a secondary school for three years and sleep on the floor than to sit at home because of lack of infrastructure.’’ Government’s policy has been bedeviled with infrastructural challenges since it was introduced.   During the 2018 budget presentation in Parliament on Wednesday, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta disclosed that with the successful launch of the free SHS, “government has received proposals from the public, several of which encourage the establishment of a fund to receive voluntary contributions to support education."    “Thankfully, the GET Fund Law allows for the setting up of other education-related funds. In 2018, the Ministry will work with GET Fund to set up this education fund to enable Ghanaians make voluntary contributions to support education,” he added.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is confident that the African peoples shall work to take Africa to where it deserves to be, as a prosperous and dynamic member of the world community, stressing that “we need to, and we shall move Africa Beyond Aid.” At an event organised by the Royal Africa Society, Facebook and the Ghana 60 years on Committee, on the theme “Africa Beyond Aid”, on Tuesday, 21st November, 2017, President Akufo-Addo noted that Africa no longer wants to be the default place to go to find the footage to illustrate famine stories. “We no longer want to offer the justification for those who want to be rude and abusive about Africa and her peoples. It is time to build our economies that are not dependent on charity and handouts… We have learnt from long and bitter experience that, no matter how generous the charity, we would, and, indeed, we have remained poor,” he said. Describing Africa as a rich continent, and, currently, with the world’s second fastest economic growth rates, the world’s fastest-growing region for foreign direct investment, and in possession of nearly 30 percent of the earth’s remaining mineral resources, the President bemoaned the fact that the masses of the African peoples remain poor. With Ghana endowed with natural resources, the President stressed that “we can, and we should be able to build a Ghana which looks to the use of her own resources and their proper management as the way to engineer social and economic growth in our country.” Making reference to the cocoa industry, he noted that Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, who produce 65% of the world’s output of cocoa make less than $6 billion from a cocoa industry that is a $100 billion industry. “If we simply ground and sold the cocoa in paste form, instead of selling the cocoa beans, we double our earnings. In much the same way as we would double our earnings from gold, if we sold it refined, than in its raw state. We are determined to process these products,” he said. The President stated that nations it is time that African countries were responsible for processing their own resources, adding that it is time that “we, in Africa, manage our resources well, to generate wealth for our populations.” During the past 20 years, President Akufo-Addo stated that the countries that have made rapid economic strides have been the ones that have encouraged high levels of investment in entrepreneur development, and the ones that have promoted and developed a culture of accountable governance, free of corruption, and where institutions of state see themselves as independent public entities serving the wider public interest, not the temporary conveniences of the governments of the day. “We have a responsibility to make our countries attractive to our young generation. They should feel they have a worthwhile future, if they stay and build their nations. We should be, and are shamed by the desperation that drives a young person to attempt to cross the Sahara on foot, and the Mediterranean Sea in rickety boats, in the hope of finding a better future in Europe,” he added. The President continued, “We are not disclaiming aid, but we do want to discard a mind-set of dependency and living on handouts; it is unhealthy both for the giver and for the receiver.” Illicit Flow of Funds from Africa Touching on the report of the panel, chaired by the highly respected former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, on the illicit flow of funds (IFFs) from Africa, President Akufo-Addo noted that Africa is losing, annually, more than $50 billion through illicit financial outflows. The report, according to the President, revealed that between 2000 and 2008, some $252 billion, representing 56.2% of the illicit flow of funds from the continent, was from the extractive industries, including mining. He added that recent reported events between the government of Tanzania and the mining companies, that operate there, ought to give all of Africans cause for pause. “No one is going to sort out these matters for Africa, except Africans themselves. We need to have our own bright and sharp lawyers to keep us abreast with the sharp and bright lawyers that our trade partners have. We need to have our own bright and sharp technologists to keep us abreast with our competitors,” he said. With the vast majority of the population being young, the President said it is in the interest of the whole world that Africa works. “Even if the developed world had the means today, and were, indeed, minded to do so, it could not provide the aid that would keep Africa a sustainable part of the world. We do not want to remain the beggars of the world, we do not want to be dependent on charity,” he said. New Paradigm of leadership To this end, President Akufo-Addo urged African leaders to do everything whatsoever they can to strengthen the African Union (AU). “With Africa’s population set to reach some 2 billion people in 20 years time, an African Common Market presents immense opportunities to bring prosperity to our continent with hard work, enterprise, innovation and creativity. It is evident that the time for African integration should be now. Hence, the importance of the success of the Continental Free Trade Area,” he added. It is for this reason that President Akufo-Addo advocated for a new paradigm of leadership on the continent. The new African leaders, he said, must be committed to governing their peoples according to the rule of law, respect for individual liberties and human rights, and the principles of democratic accountability; and must be determined to free their peoples from a mindset of dependence, aid, charity and hand-outs, and must be bent on mobilising Africa’s own immeasurable resources to resolve Africa’s problems “This new generation of African leaders should help bring dignity and prosperity to our continent and its longsuffering peoples,” the President said.  
Rainbow Radio’s Entertainment Show Host, Agyemang Prempeh popularly known as Agyengo and the Mid-morning Show Host, Sokohemaa have picked up nominations for the 2017 GN Mobile Money People’s Celebrity Choice Awards. Agyemang Prempeh was nominated in the Favourite Male Radio Presenter Category. Sokohemaa was also nominated in the Favourite Female Radio Presenter and Favourite Female TV Presenter categories respectively.  The scheme is one that allows the public to solely decide which celebrity should be celebrated within a particular calendar year.  The awards this year cover the period from August 2016 to August 2017, she added. Pastor Mensah Otabil, Pastor Agyin-Asare, Apostle Kwadwo Safo, Bishop Daniel Obinim, Nana Kwaku Bonsam, Apostle Kpegah Tamakloe, Arch Bishop Nicholas Duncan Williams, Reverend Estwood Anaba, Counselor Lutterodt and Imam Rashid were nominated in the Most Favourite Religious Personality category. Asamaoh Gyan, Dede Ayew, Richard Commey, Thomas Partey, Winful Cobbina, Duke Micah, Sadiq Adams and Isaac Dogbe were also nominated in the Most Favourite Male Sports Personality category.   In total, there are 17 categories up for grabs at the event slated for Saturday December 30, 2017 at the Accra International Conference Centre.
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