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Parents Can Deal With ‘Abusive’ Teachers Who Beat Their Kids – GES

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Parents whose children return from schools with signs of them being canned are at liberty to deal ruthlessly with the teachers involved.

Director of the Guidance and Counselling Unit of the Ghana Education Service (GES) , Ivy Kumi, who gave this charge insists canning students without recourse to the approved alternative sanction provided by the GES amounts to assault, hence parents should do all they can to take on the teacher in question in such an instance.

“Since caning and all other corporal punishments are forms of abuse, parents can take it up. If a teacher beats a child and he or she suffers marks on the body, it is an abuse. The student has been battered and the parent can decide to report to the police,” she said.

The GES has reiterated its ban on caning in primary and secondary schools ordering all schools to immediately adopt a new disciplinary toolkit together with alternative sanctions as measures for correcting pupils and students in schools.

The toolkit indicated that “apart from the physical pain corporal punishment inflicts on children, this approach also causes significant emotional damage. Some of the lasting effects of this method of disciplining school children include physical scars, emotional scars (trauma, fear, timidity etc.) and violent behaviour.”

Ghanaians and major bodies who matter in the education sector have expressed mixed reaction over the subject which gained national interest  as they continue to weigh its pros and cons.

Corporal punishment drives students away from school

Additionally, Ivy Kumi intimated that, the fear of being canned, knocked on the head, pinched or asked to kneel down  in school is a contributory factor of the high rate of school drop out usually recorded.

“Corporal punishment has physical, psychological and emotional disadvantages for the child. It has kept a number of our students out of school. So in order to keep our students in school, we needed to completely ban corporal punishment in school because of its negative effects. It is not doing us any good. We need to find other ways of disciplining the Ghanaian Child because it does not encourage them to be in school.”

‘Save yourself from trouble, don’t flout GES’ ban– NAGRAT advises members

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has asked it members not to go contrary to the Ghana Education Service’s (GES) directive that bans them from caning their students.

According to the association, a strict adherence to the order will be in their interest and save them from any punitive measure the service is likely to take against them.

President of NAGRAT, Angel Carbonu who believes using corporal punishment to discipline the child is the way to go, advised teachers to be mindful of whatever sanction the GES will take against them in default.

“In the new code of conduct for teachers, it is stated clearly that when a teacher beats a student, the teacher will be arraigned before the disciplinary committee depending on the gravity of situation. Therefore, I call on my teachers that as we speak today, there is a ban on corporal punishment. If you are a Maths or English teacher, go to the school and teach, carry your books and move out so that you will not be arraigned before a court that you have battered their child so that you are saved.”

Ban on caning will break down discipline in schools – Methodist Bishop warns

Ghana risks a total breakdown of discipline in schools and within the larger Ghanaian society, if the Ghana Education Service, GES, continues to relax caning, otherwise known as corporal punishment in schools.

That’s according to Rt. Rev. Samuel K. Osabutey, Diocesan Bishop of Accra, Methodist Church, Ghana.

Rt. Rev. Samuel Osabutey said placing a total ban on caning will be counterproductive, and will have dire consequences on general discipline among students.

“Change for the sake of change does not do anybody any good. I don’t think that in those days when the people were being caned, they were being abused; because there were rules and regulations within which people had to be caned; and the GES must be careful and not just give a blanket instruction. I don’t know what pertains now, but in an older document for teachers when teachers used to cane, there were specific rules on caning; the caning was commensurate to the offense.”

Source: Daily Graphic

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What Senyo Hosi said about University of Ghana management

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Businessman, Senyo Hosi, has unloaded on the management of the University of Ghana castigating them for incompetence, in a rant that has gone viral.

At Ghana’s premier university’s event marking its 70th anniversary, the Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD) standing in front of a sparse audience, directed his tirade at management and lecturers stressing, “you guys are not thinking.”

”You are churning out people with degrees not people with an education, not people with skills,” the entreprenuer who said he bags three degrees from the university.

In the video recorded by Citi TV, Mr Hosi stressed he will not hire MBA graduates from the University of Ghana because they lack relevant skills.

In a no holds barred criticism, Senyo Hosi called for the clearing out of old managers and lecturers in the school.

“Respectfully, the old men running this school, they are too many. Get them out!”

Source:citinewsroom

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I HAVE A GOOD PUBLIC RELATIONS – ANTWI TONY ( USAG FINANCIAL CONTROLLER HOPEFUL)

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Antwi Tony, widely known on campus as Bra Qwame is a student of the University for development studies ,Wa campus.His impeccable style of writing coupled with his zeal and passion for student activism through journalism ,probity and accountability established him as an instant household name on campus, making him to be the list of the ten students making it big on and outside campus a research done by a campus online media called JKTV.com.He also served as the Public Relations Officer for the 2018/2019 academic year.
“I have the intention of contesting for the position of USAG Financial Controller to serve our noble mother association and the nation at large.
I arrived at this conclusion after a careful personal scrutiny of myself , social consultation and I have studied the duties of USAG Financial Controller which is stipulated in article 33 of the USAG constitution” He said.

During the interview the gentleman said
He is highly experienced in public relation and teaching with strong leadership skills, coupled with excellent written and spoken communication skills , marketing research and ability to work with a team to achieve the best.
This is why he intend to bring on board a set of policies dubbed “A NEW DAY AGENDA” with the motto “ a higher Financial Attitude “ ” together we will reach the finish line.. “.

According to Mr. Antwi,the following pilicies will be the best bet to the students to take on;
✔Improving efficiency and transparency as far as accounts of the association is concerned

✔Widening the sponsorship base reaching out to more organisations for grant

✔Evaluating risks of events by analysing the cost involved against the predicted revenue of the occasion.

✔Educating the public (Affiliates) on the state of the Association’s finances by making time on all the platforms of the association.

“I therefore submit myself for any necessary help to make electorates get me”

Good luck Bra Quame!

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Minister Says Gov’t Has Recruited 59,000 Teachers Since 2017

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The Minister for Education says the introduction of the Free Senior High School policy has resulted in an increment in student enrolment by some 31%, as opposed to the spectre of 100,000 students falling out of school each year at the Junior High School level in the years before 2017.

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh indicated that “for the first time in 10 years, under President Akufo-Addo, we have said this and nobody has been able to dispute it, every child in every secondary school has been supplied with all the core textbooks. It has never happened before.”

He continued, “Not only have we supplied the core textbooks, we have also supplied revision books in Maths. Not only that, we are buying questions and answers of the past WAEC exams since 1993 for the students to learn. There is no better time to study than now.”

The Minister for Education made this known on Monday, July 8, when he joined President Akufo-Addo at a meeting with members of the Ghanaian community in Paris, as part of the latter’s official visit to that country.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh indicated that when the Northern grants were established by Ghana’s first leader, Kwame Nkrumah, there were only two schools in the whole of the 3 Northern Regions.

“It did not prevent Kwame Nkrumah from starting bursaries for the Northern schools. Not having enough classrooms will never stop us from having Free SHS. In fact, Ghanaians have voted, and enrolment increased by 31% in 2017 and 2018,” he said.

Towards addressing issues associated with the introduction of the Double Track school system, the Minister for Education indicated that 8,000 teachers were specifically employed.

“We did the timetables that we needed, and the President ordered the Finance Minister to provide financial clearance, and we did. It includes the 59,000 teachers we have employed between now and then. It is not very true what you hear when you listen to social media always. Sometimes your judgement becomes clouded with the truth,” he added.

With the introduction of the 4-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree in 2018, in the country’s University Colleges, the Education Minister noted that “there is no teacher going to be a diploma teacher. Everyone who is coming out will get a degree.”

The conversion of Colleges of Education into University Colleges by the Akufo-Addo government, the Minister stressed, has resulted in a record number of students seeking admission.

“When they were diploma students, they spent an inordinate amount of time doing top-ups in other schools, and not concentrating in the classroom. Now, it is not a second-rate school to go to because they couldn’t get into the university. It is a choice that they have decided to make as teachers,” he said.

The Education Minister also lamented about non-training of teachers in the curriculum of Junior High Schools for some forty (40) years, with the last teacher resource pack given to teachers compiled in the 1950s.

“We have done it (training of teachers in new curriculum) this year. Things will get better. Education is such that we have to put in a huge investment before you can reap the fruits. It is not like taking your child to the hospital. That is instant. It takes time and we need patience from Ghanaians. Ghana’s education has never been as best as it is now, and it will get better,” Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh added.

—Myjoyonline

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