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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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Wa Campus Elect SRC Executives

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The best way to make students prepared for corporate relations is to participate in the selection of their leaders; those who would take on the responsibility of spreading knowledge through inspiration, tutoring, campaigns etc. The diffuse and highly personalised character of the mass support that such leaders obtain insulates them from public pressures once in office and this frees them to act responsibly in the public interest.
Winning elections is the principal imperative, the main source of power and the key test of leadership. Student leaders must cope with this electoral imperative and accept that their success depends vitally on winning votes.
From the office of the Electoral Commissioner of UDS Wa – Campus, the following are the final results of the just ended SRC/NUGS elections;

 

Total Votes cast = 3,288
For the SRC Presidency
152 (46.23%) chose NYASS MAHAMA as their favorite and ABLEDU BRIGHT SAKYI had 1744 making 53.04% of the casted votes.
12 abstained, and 12 couldn’t complete the processes.

And for the Local NUGS President;
HAMZA UMAR had 1722, equaling 52.37% of the votes and IBRAHIM RUFAI also had 1532(46.59%). Votes abstain was 32 and those that was uncompleted numbered  2.

That of the Women’s Commissioner had an injunction placed on the results.

Congratulations to ABLEDU BRIGHT SAKYI and HAMZA UMAR; who are now the SRC and the NUGS Presidents elect respectively.

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Takoradi GTUC holds Ninth Matriculation for 150 students

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The Takoradi Learning Centre of the Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) has inducted 150 new students into its fold to pursue various diploma and degree programmes.

Ms Nusrat-Jahan Abubakar, the Acting Head of GTUC Takoradi, who welcomed the matriculants, said: “Your arrival at this University College marks a new chapter in the story of your life. But this chapter is a bit different. The preceding chapters were largely written by others – your parents, guardians, families, teachers and the like.”

“Now you will be the principal author of the next chapter – you have the opportunity to determine the direction, the plot and the tempo of your story.”

She said they would have the opportunity to learn new things while at the GTUC and acquire knowledge, develop new skills, and enhance their personal attributes in profound ways that would better their lives after university.

Ms Abubakar urged the students to take responsibility for their learning and make the most of their time at the College.

Dr Mrs Juliana Owusu-Ansah, the Registrar of GTUC, who read a speech on behalf of Professor Emmanuel Afuakwah, the Acting President, congratulated the fresh students for gaining admission and said: “You are now a part of an institution that strives for excellence in all areas of research and teaching.”

She said the institution had been at the forefront of technology education of higher learning since its establishment.

“Education is not just about acquiring book knowledge but must be aligned with what life does, what one does, why and how anything require both intellectual and physical knowledge,” she said.

Dr Owusu-Ansah said the Barclays Bank had selected GTUC as one of the beneficiary universities on its tertiary scholarship.

She advised the fresh students to take advantage of GTUC’s programmes and do well to excel in various programmes aside what the curriculum offer.

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UDS HOSTS 10TH ANNUAL GHABSA CONGRESS

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It’s yet another convergence of the minds of students of biochemistry in Ghana.
Ghana Biochemistry Students Association(GHABSA) celebrates yet another year of excellence with its annual congress which will be held at UDS-NAVRONGO, in the Upper East Region.
The theme of this year’s congress is ‘Building Biochemistry: A peek into the future.

It is geared towards exposing the biochemistry students of the generation the vast field in which their knowledge can be utilised to produce innovative and sustainable development to the quality of life of the ordinary Ghanaian.


Activities on board are; visit to the Navrongo Health Research Centre, recreational visit to Paga, Inter-Institutional quiz and Inter-Institute Debate, sports and games such as soccer, basketball and a whole lot of entertaining exercise to be expected.


A seminar is also slated, where distinguished speakers from the field of biochemistry would talk about the ever growing fascinating science that is biochemistry and also provide answers to eager and enquiring minds.

Suffice to say, this is not a congress we would be too quick to forget.
So come in your masses under the umbrella of the fascinating science that sustains life.

 

GHABSA………………Sustaining life
Biochemistry…………Fascinating science

By: Prempeh Opoku-Ware Lovelace

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