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Some Ghanaian pupils enjoying their meals

Municipal and District Directors of the Ghana Education Service (GES) in the Upper East Region say they are not satisfied with the quality and quantity of meals served to pupils in basic schools under the School Feeding Programme across the Region.

They said the meals were of poor quality without the relevant nutrients required to address the nutritional needs of pupils.

The Directors, including stakeholders at the GES across the Region, said even though they were concerned about the poor quality of food served to the pupils, they could not complain for fear of victimisation.

According to them, the School Feeding Programme was managed by executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), which made it difficult for authorities in the various schools on the programme to express concerns about the quality of meals.

The Directors and stakeholders individually shared their experiences and registered their displeasure during open discussions at a Regional stakeholder engagement on the roll-out of nutrition intervention for school-aged children and adolescents, held in Bolgatanga.

The programme brought together Regional, Municipal and District Directors of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) including traditional authorities and the media.

Mr Edward Azure, the Upper East Regional Director of the GES in a speech read on his behalf, said nutrition was one of the bedrocks for survival.

He said there was growing recognition that good health and nutrition significantly contributed to the educational achievement, growth and development of children both in school and out of school.

Dr Emmanuel Kofi Dzotsi, the Regional Director of the GHS, called for improvement in the School Feeding Programme to help boost the nutritional needs of pupils and said studies had shown that children of school going age could benefit greatly from nutrition and health interventions implemented in their schools.

“This is because, under the tutelage and supervision of their teachers, learners are more likely to practice recommended behaviours that promote good health and become champions for such in their schools and communities,” he said.

The Paramount Chief of the Bongo Traditional Area, Bonaba Baba Salifu Lemyaarum, emphasized the importance of the stakeholder engagement and said issues of nutrition were significant for the well-being of all humans.

He noted that it was a welcome news that the engagement was targeted at children and urged other traditional leaders to ensure that the roll-out of nutrition intervention for school-aged children and adolescents was successful.

He noted that in spite of the challenges in the education sector, it was the responsibility of pupils to stay in school and learn, saying, stakeholders, especially parents must ensure their children stayed in school.
Source:GNA

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Another UTAG strike imminent; Finance Minister to blame

Ken Ofori-Atta is the Minister of Finance

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) is likely to lift the suspension on its recent strike, 3news.com has gathered.

According to reports, there has not been any headway after a one-month negotiation period was agreed upon by parties.

3news.com gathers the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, fails to attend meetings as he constantly delegates other officials to represent him.

This is said to have angered leadership of the university teachers as they claim the Minister is not according them the deserved respect.

They are, therefore, lacing their boots for a long strike.

An Open Letter written by recently-elected Secretary, Professor Ransford Yaw Gyampo, to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Friday suggested that “no one can contain the anger of University Teachers should they be allowed to strike again, after the expiration of the one month negotiation period”.

“A simple survey on the various campuses would give a sense of how bitter and angry they are, for the disrespectful manner in which they have been treated over the years.”

Most of the tertiary institutions are wrapping up end-of-semester examinations for regular students for the 2020/2021 academic year but a strike will affect research work, project work as well as distance education programmes.

It could also lead to delay in re-opening for the next academic year.

Source :3 News

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News we’re accepting applications for local Postgraduate Scholarship false-GETFUND

The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund), says it is not true it is accepting any applications for Postgraduate local scholarships (Masters and Ph.D. Programmes) for the 2021/2022 Academic year.

A statement issued by the GETFund management on Friday, September 17, said there is false information to the contrary circulating on social media.

“We wish to notify the General Public that, GETFund has not commenced Postgraduate local scholarships (Masters and Ph.D. Programs) applications for the 2021/2022 academic year”, it said, and urged the General Public to “discard same as false and treat such as a hoax.”

“GETFund shall not be held liable to any person who falls victim to such cruel falsehood.”

Source : Graphiconline

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Accra :Court sentences JHS student for beating his teacher

An Accra Juvenile Court has sentenced a final year student of the Nungua Kroma Two Junior High School, who assaulted a teacher for punishing him, to a fine of GH¢ 1,800.

The student, in default, would serve three months jail term.

He had denied conspiring with 15 other men to assault the teacher for punishing him for his failure to do his homework, but the Court, at the end of trial, found him guilty.

The Prosecution called five witnesses to make the case.

It earlier told the Court that the convict (name withheld) had refused to do his homework and after he was punished, he dashed home to call 15 other young men, who allegedly stormed the school in a Sprinter bus and attacked the teacher, inflicting wounds on his face.

The teacher, Mr Moses Onyameasem, was rescued by his colleagues and rushed to the LEKMA Hospital, Accra, where he was treated and discharged.

After the attack, the mother of the pupil was also alleged to have gone to the School and verbally assaulted the teacher, prosecution said, adding that the development led to the closure of the School.

On Monday, February 22, 2021, at about 1215 hours, the teacher, accompanied by Mr Roger Asempa, the Head Teacher, went to the Police Station to report the assault.

The teacher reported that earlier at about 1200 hours, a student in his class and 15 other young men from the Nungua Town came to the School in a bus to physically assault him.

Prosecution said a medical form was issued to the complainant to seek medical attention, whilst a joint stakeholder meeting was held over the incident.
Source :GNA

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