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God Bless Our Homeland. Critical News, 21st September 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 21, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Before I get into anything meaty, let me just note that Kirk Koffi at the helm of the Volta River Authority does not have a clue what we expect from him. Last week I regurgitated a story where he said “dumsor” would be over within two weeks, putting the date by the end of this month. This week, we are going through the worst “dumsor” in a long time.

The Electricity Company cannot even give us a schedule of when power would be on or off, a pretty dismal state of affairs, which can only be described with a four-letter word.

I have no faith in what they are saying, I don’t believe any more that those tasked with solving our strategically important needs can do so. Water is intermittent, power is irrational and floods are predictably consistent with any volume of rain.

So Kirk, we don’t need you to come and lie like a politician. Tell us the truth and nothing but. Leave the false promises and permanent postponing of solutions to those who have acquired that specialist skill and give us a small ray of hope that at least our technocrats have some clue.

So. Today is Kwame Nkrumah’s birthday and designated Founder’s Day by the NDC Mills Government. I am by no means an Nkrumahist so the day is a good opportunity to read some history and reinforce my belief that Kwame rolled back any gains he bequeathed to Ghana when he turned on our constitution and created a constitutional dictatorship, which he built for his own purpose and self-propagation. And for the record, it should be a Founders Day. Read the rest of this entry »

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UNESCO report calls for quality education and equal access to technical training

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 12, 2012

ACCRA, 12 November 2012The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, says the millennium pledge made by international leaders that all children would have a primary education by 2015 is going to be missed by a large margin. This is as a result of lack of funds and a general lack of interest in education.

These findings are contained in the 2012 Education for All (EFA) UNESCO Global Monitoring Report (GMR), an annual publication that measures progress towards EFA goals.

The Report reveals that in Ghana, quality primary education and availability of entrepreneur skills are fundamental to achieving the goal of putting education to work, and Ghana, like many countries, need to plan for skills development and make it accessible to most disadvantaged people. Devising means of linking the curriculum to local realities and including extracurricular practical exercises in the learning environment is vital to improving critical thinking and building a good understanding of the potential that the communities where pupils live in can offer says Mr. Dos Santos, Acting Director, UNESCO Cluster office in Accra. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ghanaian Political Elites Have No Sympathy For The Poor

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 10, 2012

Ben Ofosu Appiah, Tokyo, Japan

There was a justifiably public outcry against the over 150% increase in salaries for the Executive, Legislative and the Judicial branches of government as published in the Ghanaian media. Coincidentally, just at the same time this outrageous salaries increase were announced, there was report in the news (which was later denied) that employees of Ghana Education Service have had their salaries cut. Read the rest of this entry »

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Critical News, 18th October, 2010

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 18, 2010

By Sydney Casely-Hayford, Sydney@bizghana.com

I took a break to re-group.  I have been back home now for a year this December and I wonder whether we can really change Ghana.  The politicians are our worst nightmare.  Then last week, Deputy Minister of Information, Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa started to describe he and others in the Mills Government as “the political elite”.  This is at the time when school re-opening has become a complete mess.  If you have followed the news closely, you know that the NDC Government decided to revert to a 3-year term for the SHS period after the NPP had changed it to 4 years during their term.  Wonder Madilo writes a very good piece on this.  But what has happened this past week is just appalling.  First year students have no beds to sleep on, no desks, no chairs.  Government promised with gusto that they would have everything in place before the school term starts.  Now the Ghana Education Service has advised the Conference of Heads of Assisted Senior High Schools (CHASS) to charge a Ghc100-300 fee for all new admissions and convert other facilities to dormitories while the government gets its act together.  But I heard all the advice for the dos and don’ts of 3-year to 4-year as far back as March this year.  Much ado was made about previous decisions by the NPP government and in the end it all came down to a manifesto decision by the NDC and therefore they changed the law.  Now we have a major mess on our hands.  Sorry! The NDC has a major mess on its hands.  This should be a political game-changing event.  If the NDC comes out of this and wins in 2012 we have to do a lot of analysing. Read the rest of this entry »

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