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NMSQ: Our hard work paid off – Augusco’s savior ‘Newton’

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Call him the ‘saviour’ of the day and you won’t be very far from accurate.

Newton Jimmy Stephen was not the only contestant representing his school; St. Augustines College in the 2019 National Science and Maths Quiz (NMSQ) but he definitely left a mark with his ‘magic’ during the riddle and True/False stages of the competition at the two final laps of the competition.

His remarkable skills got him trending on most social media platforms particularly after the quarter final stage after he answered correctly all questions posed at him in the last two rounds of the competition.

Newton did not disappoint in the grand finale either, he got his team to carry home the new trophy and the title for the second time.

Expressing gratitude to God for Augusco’s success in the competition, he said, “We are very happy that we are victors today…We are very happy that our hard work has paid off and the Almighty God has not forsaken us”.

Nathaniel Mensah, who was stiff competition for Newton in the riddle and true/false rounds said “To some point, we are disappointed but then, it’s all good. We are going to prepare very well and come back next year. Expect nothing but the best in 2020 NSMQ”, he said.

Source: Ghanaweb

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Private Varsities Want Autonomy

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The Private Universities Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG) has called on government to make private universities autonomous.

At the handover ceremony of the newly elected executives of PUSAG, which was under the theme: “Academic Freedom: Ensuring the Autonomous and Effective Running of Private Universities,” the Minister of State for Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, gave an assurance that the autonomy issue was being looked at by Parliament.

He said government was determined to take measures to rule out the outmoded affiliation system.

He indicated that government was making plans to remove all barriers that limit the ability of private tertiary institutions to become more effective and also put the private institutions on the same status as the public universities. “The new policy introduces measures that seek to make the private universities autonomous,” he affirmed.

Later in an interview, Prof. Yankson added that the new policy would award licence to private universities after three years of operation, depending on the number of years the university has been in existence and the facilities they have to operate with if they become autonomous.

“Licence will be awarded to private universities that can operate on their own in terms of facilities and professionalism of lecturers,” he said. The Chief Executive Officer of Joy for Fame, John Obiri Yeboah, who was a guest speaker, said the existence of private tertiary institution had helped in the development of the country and promised to support PUSAG to become effective.

The past National President of PUSAG, Charles Opoku, mentioned that private universities cannot continue to have their ‘competitors’ as their ‘masters’ and called on government to provide a five-year road map to give autonomy to private universities. He used the opportunity to outline some of the successes of his administration.

The newly elected President of PUSAG, Alswel Annan, called on management of private universities to admit more students.

Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I, who chaired the function, advised the newly elected executives to stay focused and not dabble in unnecessary partisan politics.

“Don’t let any politician to use you; never be moved by what you see and hear but by the spirit,” he advised.

source-Dailyguidenetwork

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Political Science Students Defend Prof Gyampo

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Some former and current students of the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana have thrown their weight behind Prof. Ransford Gyampo, Head of the Centre for European Studies at the University, in the “Sex for Grade” scandal that hit the country some weeks ago.

Prof. Gyampo was captured in a documentary put together by the BBC Africa Eye. The 53 minutes documentary which had about 10 minutes focused on Prof. Gyampo, according to the BBC, was supposed to have revealed “Sex for Grades” in some West African Universities. However, the job by the BBC has been described by many including the revered Ghanaian professor of communication, Prof. Kwasi Ansu-Kyeremeh, as a ‘journalistic investigation gone rogue.’

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Declaring their support, the students in a statement, jointly released with the #IStandWithGyampo Movement, described the documentary as “bogus and of no basis” saying “the video fails to establish any case of extortion, solicitation, abuse of power, intimidation or coercion.”

Target

The BBC in an interview with Ghanaweb had stated that they only filmed Prof. Gyampo and one other lecturer, Dr. Paul Butakor, because the two were their “target”. The students believe the professor was targeted to be silenced by the BBC, because of his power and influence in the Ghanaian political scene.

The BBC’s admission that Prof. Gyampo was their ‘target’, according to the students, feeds into a sinister agenda to run down an enviable reputation without course or purpose.

National Contribution

Professor Gyampo, described as “a dedicated lecturer” by his students, is a philanthropist who believes in community of service. This is manifested in his works in the Central Region, where he hails from and other places.

He has contributed immensely to Ghana’s electoral politics and political architecture, serving through NGOs and CSOs including the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), one of the nation’s respected entities on electoral matters. He is an outspoken academic whose views on important national issues are well documented, both in the media and academic papers he has published.

University Policy

The students in their statement indicated their awareness of the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy and how ‘hard it bites even students’ acknowledging that grades at the University of Ghana are to be awarded based on merit and not through any form of pleasantries including sex. “We frown on any act of solicitation on the part of lecturers or students,” they indicated.

They however emphasized that the BBC video, only showed footage of two consenting adults exchanging gestures of intimacy.

Interdiction

Meanwhile, Prof. Gyampo and Dr. Butakor have both been interdicted by the University while investigation is currently ongoing.

Source:Dailyguideafrica

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APPLY HERE: YEA partners GES for SHS non-teaching staff recruitment

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In line with the mandate of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) to create jobs for the unemployed youth of Ghana, the Agency in partnership with the Ghana Education Service (GES) seek to recruit about 7,730 young Ghanaians from across various districts of the country to be trained and deployed to Senior High Schools unders the School’s Support Programme.

This recruitment is as published in the daily graphic newspaper on the 25th of October 2019.

The School Support Programme is a school based support programme aimed at ensuring the health and safety of students and staff of various SHSs in the country.

POSITIONS

a) Schools Guards/ Security Assistants (SAs)

b) Kitchen Assistants

ELIGIBILITY

Applicant must be aged between 18-35 years.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION

Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)

MODE OF APPLICATION

It is an online application.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Alternatively, interested applicants may visit any of the agency’s district offices.

source: newsnow

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