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Hon. Abas Takes A Swipe At Akufo-Addo On Free WASSCE Cost Claims

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Hon. Dr. Clement Abas Apaaks, Member of Parliament Builsa South has released a long statement responding to some assertions president Nana’s Addo’s made in his address to the nation on Sunday.

The president stated that, government’s absorption of the cost for the WASSCE exams for final year SHS students was the first to have ever happened in the country.

The MP for Builsa jabbed the president in a statement he released below.



Read his full statement below:

STATEMENT – COST OF WASSCE EXAMINATION NOT INDEPENDENT OF FREE SHS MR. PRESIDENT

Since March this year, Ghana has had to grapple with the devastating effects and threats of COVID-19. The virus, which has swept many lives across the world and is shaking the foundations of economies, has received international attention with governnments adopting and modifying strategies aimed at handling the global pandemic in a manner that would minimise its impact on their respective countries.

As expected, the government of Ghana, through the President and a handful of his appointees, have engaged the general public in their quest to keep our compatriots updated while providing guides in line with the World Health Organisation’s developed protocols.

Ghanaians have, particularly, waited on specified times to listen to the President, Nana Akufo-Addo for directives and statements meant to provide first hand information on government’s interventions.

Gradually, this important platform, has given way to partisan politics, losing focus on the purpose for which the platform came into existence.

We can all understand that there is election ahead of the President, but, the fight against COVID-19 must remain paramount as it has a clear potential to affect and shift the gears of our population.

Yesterday, June 21st, 2020, the President made an announcement to the effect that government will absorb the cost of examination of final year Senior High School students who are expected back in school to complete their various courses.

Here is what he said: “For the first time in our nation’s history, Government will absorb the WASSCE examination fees of the three hundred and thirteen thousand, eight hundred and thirty-seven (313,837) SHS 3 students who will sit for the exam”. To this end, he stated that some Ghc75.4 million has been budgeted to cater for this line of expenditure.

As far back December 2019, on or about the 15th of that month, Ghanaweb sourced a story from 3News under the heading “Govt absorbs WASSCE fees for first batch of free SHS students”, link provided here (https://mobile.ghanaweb.com/…/Govt-absorbs-WASSCE-fees-for-…). The very announcement yesterday, was contained in this publication of 19th December 2019.

It makes one wonder how this very issue stated some seven (7) months ago, has resurfaced in a COVID-19 update of 21st June, 2020 when Ghanaians are expecting specific measures aimed at fighting the virus.

The fight is clearly giving way to campaign messages, which is very unfortunate for our country at this crucial moment. Ghanaians woke up on Saturdayto a spike in the number of recoveries in COVID-19 from a little above four thousand on Friday, to over ten thousand by evening of Saturday.

The specific cause of this spike, which many have described as a miracle, has not been fully accounted for, nor explained. These are the issues that are of great and significant importance on the platform the president mounts to update citizens on measures taken so far.

Smuggling in issues dealt with many months ago to score political points, rather depletes the interest Ghanaians carry to sit by their television sets each time to listen to the President.

What did our President think the Ghanaian parent who was told is being offered free education expect of him? Was he in any way expecting that they were waiting on him to announce the cost of examination at WASSCE? Was the cost of WASS CE examination excluded from free SHS from day one?

It must be stated clearly that the cost of examination is part of the cost of education. And, having rolled out the free SHS programme, it was expected, a given, automatic, inter alia, that the specific cost of examination is embedded in that and was expected to have been budgeted for as a component of free SHS.

It is for the above reason that yet another announcement seeking to suggest otherwise is insincere. Indeed the free SHS budget, which funds everything to do with the programme, including fees and examination cost, (separate from the budget of the Ministry of Education), was approved by parliament Mr. President. And this hadnothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Signed.

Dr. Clement Apaak
M.P, Builsa South and Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament
June 22, 2020

Source: GHANAFEED.COM

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Court Varies Its Order For Kennedy Agyapong’s Doctor To Appear Before It On October 6

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An Accra High Court presided over by Justice Amos Wuntah Wuni has varied its initial order for the Doctor of Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong to appear and explain a report he signed, claiming the lawmaker was suffering from COVID-19 complications.

The Court had initially issued an order for Doctor Ken Addo of the Holy Trinity Medical Centre/Spa to appear before it on October 1.

However, per a varied order of the Court to the medical doctor, it said the medical doctor should now appear before the court on October 6, 2020.

Doctor Addo was ordered to appear before the court last week after the Assin Central MP failed to show up in court for his contempt trial, with his doctors citing sickness as a result of complications from COVID-19.

The controversial politician was summoned to court for allegedly denigrating the court and describing a judge with unprintable words.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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NDC Will Always Disappoint You, Vote For NPP And See The Difference – Bawumia To Ashaiman Residents

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Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has urged residents of Ashaiman in to vote massively for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the December 2020 general elections.

For them to see the change they seek in the area, Dr. Bawumia asked the residents to break their long held allegiance to the NDC and endorse the Akuffo-Addo government’s bid for a second term in office.

According to him, Ashaiman will continue to suffer if they keep entrusting their political destinies into the hands of the NDC.

He addressed a gathering of the Ashaiman Traditional Council as part of his campaign tour of the Greater Accra Region on Thursday, October 1.

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Stay Off Our Land In Your Interest – Ga Chiefs Warn Akufo-Addo’s Secretary

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The Chiefs and People of La, specifically the Abafum Djaase clan have issued a strong warning to the Executive Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo, warning him to keep off their land in his own best interest.

The clan is furious over what they refer to as an illegal annexation of their land by the Executive Secretary to the President.

According to them, Nana Bediatuo, who is the owner of the Sandbox beach resort, a state-of-the art beach resort in Accra is also illegally laying claim to a parcel of land close to the resort.

The Abafum Djaase clan have accused Mr. Bediatuo of illegally pulling down a fence wall around the disputed property.

Speaking at a press conference in Accra, the leader of the Abafum delegation, Mr Jeffrey Tetteh warned Mr. Asante Bediatuo to stay off the land or else they will advise themselves.

Mr. Tetteh further cautioned Mr. Bediatuo to fix the fence wall he allegedly destroyed and stay away from that land in his own interest.

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