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METHODIST HIGH SCHOOL LAUNCHES 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – C/R Saltpond

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 Saltpond Senior High School in the Mfantseman Municipality has unveiled a number of activities to mark its diamond jubilee celebration planned to kick-start next year
The theme for the anniversary celebration is: “Reflecting on the past and strategizing for the future”

The new head master of the school Rev. Ebenezer Aidoo who took over on Friday October 14th, 2020 in his speech applauded His Excellency the President of the land Nana Ado Dannquah Akuffo Addo for implementation of Free Senior High School.
This is because the student’s of the school were ten(10) in numbers as the school started for the last 39 yrs but now containing thousand plus of students

Rev. Ebenezer Aidoo appealed to ministry of education, Member of Parliament in the constituency,Old students,Assembly members,Nananom , NGO’s and individuals to support the development of the school
“At the moment, only the senior Housemaster and the Mistress are residing on the school compound. Two teachers taking care of over one thousand (1,000) boarding students; your guess is as good as mine. Some students do take advantage of their brief absence to misbehave,especially on weekend,New dinning hall needed, lack of computers,New 6-unit class room blocks – contract awarded; work not yet started due to lack of space”.

Touching on the school’s challenges, the MP who is also a Member of defence and interior committee in Parliament Hon. Ekow Kwansah Hayford said the government would expand infrastructure at the school through GETFUND.
Hon. Ekow Kwansah Hayford in his speech addressing the students promised the school management and the students that he will make sure that the school get new Dinning hall, three (3) computers,new school bus ,donate 15 Class room chairs and assist the launching with the amount of GH¢500

Mr Kweku Taylor old student and board member of the school management challenged current students to emulate the shining examples of their predecessors to keep the banner of the school aloft.

Story filled by: KONTOH EMMANUEL(KINGDOM FM – CAPE COAST)✅

Pre-Tertiary Education Bill is dangerous – Teachers

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The Pre-Tertiary Education Bill, if passed in its current state, will present dangerous consequences to education management as well as inhibit professional development of teachers in the country, teacher unions in the Northern Region have cautioned.

A statement read at a joint-press conference by the teacher unions in Tamale on Tuesday said the Pre-Tertiary Education Bill, if passed in its current form, might result in poor management of the education sector since some District Assemblies did not have the wherewithal to prosecute the tasks assigned them under the Bill.

The statement was signed by the Northern Regional Chairmen and their Secretaries of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana, and the National Association of Graduate Teachers as well as the Northern Regional Industrial Relations Officer of the Teachers and Educational Workers Union.

Mr Atta Longiya, Northern Regional Chairman of GNAT, who read the statement, mentioned portions of the Bill saying, they sought to cede effective responsibility for the provision and management of basic schools to District Assemblies, put the Management of senior high schools to the Regional Education Directorate, and separate Technical and Vocational Education and Training to be managed by a Director General independent of the Ghana Education Service (GES).

Parliament is currently considering three Bills on Pre-Tertiary Education (2019).

Under section 32(3) of the Bill, the Head of the Local Government Service will be appointing heads and staff of the District Education Unit as well as be responsible for promotion, transfer, discipline and dismissal of staff of the District Education Unit.

Under section 32(4) of the Bill, inter-district transfer of a head teacher or staff of a basic school can only be undertaken by the Head of the Local Government Service whilst section 25(2) and 26(2) of the Bill stipulated that the President of the Republic shall be appointing Regional Directors and their Deputies and determining their terms and conditions of service.

Also, according to section 30(1c) of the Bill, the preparation, administration and control of budgetary allocations of the basic schools shall be determined by the District Assembly.

Mr Longiya said “If this Bill is allowed to go through in its current state, it has the tendency to break the unified educational arrangement we have now. It also has the potential of distorting the Unified Conditions of Service we are using now as the various District Assemblies will develop their independent Conditions of Service, which may not be in the best interest of our members.”

He said the Bill would not only open the education sector to political abuse but would be dangerous to education, adding, “It has the tendency of destroying the very fabric of the management arrangement of GES in the country.

He said “We are in Ghana and we know what politicians can do and we will not allow them to toy with the future of our children,” adding, “We would therefore, resist the passage of this Bill in its current form with all our legitimate might and strength as teachers.”

He reiterated that “We are reechoing the call by our National Leadership for the suspension of the Pre-Tertiary Education Bill for further and deeper stakeholder consultation.”

Source: GNA

Mfantsiman Girls wins 23rd Inter-SHS Debate

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Mfantsiman Girls Senior High School (SHS) at Saltpond in the Central region, has been crowned the winner of this year’s Inter-Senior High School Debate.

This was after they beat their opponent, Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ SHS in Kumasi with 78 to 63 points, at the grand finale of the competition, held at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi.

The debate, which was on the motion: “Technology makes humans physically and mentally dormant”, was part of activities marking the 63rd Independence Day Anniversary celebrations, which will be held in Kumasi on March 6th.

Mfantsiman Girls Senior High School, which was for the motion, was represented by Ida Blankson, Nelly Deladem Ayitey, Winnifred Larbi Anim and Abigail Hededzi, whiles Yaa Asantewaa Girls SHS, who spoke against, was represented by Emmanuella Acquah, Adwoa Serwaa Amanfo, Chelsea Asamoah Frimpong and Christabel Avorga.

Madam Mary Owusu Afriyie, Ashanti Regional Director of Education, speaking at the ceremony, commended both schools for getting through to the finals and urged them to keep up the determination, which had brought them that far.

She said debates helped improved the public speaking skills and speech delivery of students while helping them to organize their compositions very well.

She called on all key stakeholders in education to help consolidate the gains made in education and the various interventions going on to improve delivery in schools.

Mr. Simon Osei Mensah, Ashanti Regional Minister, congratulated both schools for coming this far in the competition and advised them to study hard to assume responsible positions in the country in future.

Miss Ida Blankson, Principal Speaker for Mfantsiman Girls’ SHS, attributed their success to audibility and clarity in their presentations as well as guidance from their teachers.
The contestants received prizes and certificates.

Source: GNA