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Double track system hasn’t been abolished – Ntim Fordjour

John Ntim Fordjour

A Deputy Education Minister, John Ntim Fordjour, has rubbished claims that the government’s double track system for Senior High Schools has been abolished.

Some publications including viral WhatsApp messages claim that the government has cancelled the controversial policy but Mr. Ntim Fordjour explained in a social media post that the government has only introduced some changes to the policy.

According to him, SHS 1 and SHS 2 students have now been taken off the gold and green double entry system and both classes will now report to school as one cohort.

“Double Track system has not been abolished as purported by some news portals. What has been eliminated is the Gold/Green double-entry of Form 1&2 students. What it means is that all Form 1 students will go to school as one cohort not divided into two (as was formerly done in Green and Gold Tracks). Similarly, all Form 2 students will go to school as one cohort, not divided into two.”

Mr. Ntim Fordjour said as the government completes more school infrastructure, it will phase out the system and all classes report as one cohort.

“As more school buildings are completed, the entire school population will report to school at the same time as one cohort as it pertains in Single Track schools. Disregard the screenshots of stories in circulation attributed to me that “Double Track has been abolished”. For the purpose of emphasis, Double Track system has not been abolished,” he added.

The double-track system was introduced by the government in order to enable various senior high schools to take in more students and ensure that all students have access to senior high school education

Source: Citinewsroom.com

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School feeding caterers to meet with gov’t over threat to boycott cooking

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The School Feeding Caterers Association of Ghana is set to meet with government today, Monday, May 16, 2022, over their decision to stop cooking.

School children who are beneficiaries of  the National School Feeding Program will be without food as the caterers have vowed not to cook if the government fails to increase their allocation from 93 pesewas per child to GHS 3.00.

According to the caterers, the high cost of food items and the general hardship in the country is making it impossible for them to feed the pupils.

They say they are making huge losses from cooking meals for the children at the current price allocation of the government.

Juliana Cudjoe, the President of the Greater Accra School Feeding Caterers Association told Citi News that, “the price of oil has increased to GHS 480. In 2017, we used to buy it for GHS 70. If we want to buy on credit, we pay GHS 600. Beans used to be GHS500 but now it is GHS 1,400. Rice has also gone up from GHS 80 to GHS 360. What do you expect us to do? You brought in the school feeding program and with the prices of foodstuff going up, you still pay us 97 pesewas and we are even taxed on that amount.”

This is not the first time the caterers are demanding an increase in the allocation.

In 2021, a section of the caterers chided the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Sara Adwoa Safo for failing to address their concerns.

They said increasing the allocation to GHS 3 will ensure that they are able to provide quality and adequate meals for pupils.

Ghana School Feeding Programme

The Ghana School Feeding Programme is an initiative of the comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme Pillar 3, which seeks to enhance food security and reduce hunger in line with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs) on hunger, poverty and malnutrition.

The government currently provides GHS1 per day for a plate of food for a child.

The amount is considered inadequate to provide an adequate and healthy diet for child development.

Source: Citinewsroom. com

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GES closes schools in Koforidua due to Daasebre Oti Boateng’s funeral

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The Eastern Regional Directorate of Ghana Education Service has ordered the closure of all schools in Koforidua on Monday.

This is in view of the huge crowd expected in Koforidua on Monday for observance of the final funeral rites of the late Daasebre Oti Boateng who was the Paramount Chief of New Juaben and the Queenmother, Nana Yaa Daani.

Besides, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene is scheduled to sit in state on Monday, as the final funeral rites are performed prior to their internment.

On Saturday, President Akufo-Addo, Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and former President J.A. Kufuor joined thousands of mourners to pay their last respects

Past and present Ministers of State and government officials also paid their last respects.

The President and the Vice President signed the book of condolence opened at the Yiadom Hwediem Palace in memory of the late Paramount Chief and Queen as part of the week of traditional burial rites for the departed royals.

Daasebre Oti Boateng, aged 83, reigned from 1992 until August, 2021 when he joined the ancestors while the queen Nana Yaa Daani 67 reigned from 2000 until her demise early this year.

Mourners from all walks of life clad in red and black thronged the Yiadom Hwediem Palace and funeral grounds to mourn the late chief and queen according to tradition.

Source: Myjoyonline.com  

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UDS, UCC senior staff threaten strike over allowances, promotion

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Senior staff of some universities in the country are threatening to embark on a strike to demand payment of certain allowances due them and the delay in promoting their colleagues.

While the University of Development Studies Branch of the Senior Staff Association of Universities is beginning its strike today, May 12, 2022, its counterpart at the University of Cape Coast has slated its action for Thursday, May 19, 2022.

This is despite a recent meeting with the management of the institution.

In the said meeting, UDS management agreed to implement recommendations of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) that addresses qualification requirements for progression, a reason that necessitated the industrial action.

The senior staff association at UDS, however, says a communiqué they have sighted contradicts the assurances given them by management; hence their decision to lay down their tools.

Zakaria Mohammed, the branch’s president, said “a number of concessions were made, and we told them that this should be put on paper to avert the possibility of our strike.”

He, however, added that “they agreed in principle but while we were meeting our members, a letter popped up that was entirely contrary to the agreement we had with them.”

Members of the Association at the University of Cape Coast have also served notice that they will lay down their tools today over similar issues.

“The refusal of management to acknowledge and issue directives with effects to what GTEC has prescribed for the universities in relation to the qualification of senior membership in the various universities has necessitated this action,” Sandy Kumi-Sinatra, the Branch Chairman, said to Citi News.

Some of the unions have been agitating over the qualification requirements for progression and upgrading to Senior Member Grade.

Their university managements have been demanding a Master of Philosophy or its equivalent before senior staff are appointed to senior membership status.

Source: Citinewsroom. com

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