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Some Achievements Of Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang

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Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang’s nomination as the Vice Presidential candidate has been faced with mixed reactions. The New Patriotic Party (NPP) are of the view that, his nomination is a ridicule to the Ghanaian populace and their assertions were based on some of the policies they think didn’t go down well for Ghanaians.

However, the Former Minister of Education, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang aside those policies such as the cancellation of Teacher Trainee Allowance during her time as the Minister of Education in the erstwhile Mahama administration chucked some success.

GhanaFeed.com has gathered some of her achievements

She successfully championed many reforms such as the conversion of polytechnics into technical universities;

Upgrading Colleges of Education into tertiary institutions;

Reducing teacher absenteeism from 27% to 7%;

Introducing the unprecedented Private BECE;

Leading negotiations with the World Bank which secured for Ghana the flagship Secondary Education Improvement Project and the African Centres of Excellence initiative resulting in the establishment and funding for the West African Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) both at the University of Ghana and the Regional Water and Environmental Sanitation Centre (RWESC) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST);

Supervised Ghana’s overall best performing WASSCE nation award by WAEC for four consecutive years when she served as Minister and the massive retooling and infrastructural development which she tirelessly delivered;

Abolished the quota system at the Colleges of Education which led to enrollment increasing from 9,000 to 15,400 thereby creating more teaching opportunities for the youth;

Ensured teachers were automatically posted;

Procured and distributed more than 150,000 tables and chairs to basic schools;

Upgraded facilities at 50 less endowed Senior High Schools and 75 under-performing Senior High Schools;

Donated some 54,000 laptops to teachers and stocked computer labs with 60,000 computers during her tenure;

Recruited 2,400 mathematics and science teachers as a special intervention to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science at the SHS level;

Engaged more than 40,000 newly recruited teachers during her tenure as Minister which is confirmed by EMIS data. GES staff strength increased by 18.2% from 247,254 to 292,238;

Superinted over the allocation of some 500 buses and double cabin pickups to educational institutions and district education offices;

Improved quality of basic education resulting in Ghana’s all time best BECE performance;

Distributed 787,485 free school uniforms to deprived districts across the country;

Supervised the distribution of over 40,000 free made in Ghana leather sandals for vulnerable students;

To improve retention and transition rates, she oversaw the distribution of bicycles, school bags, mathematical sets, solar lamps, calculators and textbooks to some 155,781 pupils;

Increased the capitation grant by 100% for 11,650 public basic schools in 75 deprived districts;

Constructed 25 District Education Officers;

Spent some GHS61.3million on BECE subsidy for all registered candidates in private and public basic schools;

Eliminated the obnoxious shift system in public basic schools;

Constructed some 1,129 classroom blocks, 73 teacher accommodation blocks and rehabilitated 622 schools at the basic level;

Constructed more than 2,000 school projects with the view to eradicate the school under trees phenomenon;

Introduced the progressively free SHS policy which was targeted at 458,700 poor and vulnerable students;

Distributed 787,485 free school uniforms to deprived districts across the country;

Supervised the distribution of over 40,000 free made in Ghana leather sandals for vulnerable students;

To improve retention and transition rates, she oversaw the distribution of bicycles, school bags, mathematical sets, solar lamps, calculators and textbooks to some 155,781 school pupils;

Increased the capitation grant by 100% for 11,650 public basic schools in 75 deprived districts;

Spent some GHS61.3million on BECE subsidy for all registered candidates in private and public basic schools;

Eliminated the obnoxious shift system in public basic schools;

Constructed some 1,129 classroom blocks, 73 teacher accommodation blocks and rehabilitated 622 schools at the basic level;

Prof. demonstrated unwavering commitment to the supply of Teaching and Learning Materials during her tenure:
472,800 Teacher Notebooks
653,700 Class Attendance Registers
12.8 million Core Textbooks
2.5 million Dictionaries
4,994,328 boxes of white chalk and 180,000 boxes of coloured chalk;

Initiated the construction of 124 Community Day Senior High Schools and completed 50 at the time of handing over;

Administered the Skills Development Fund which saw some US$50million worth of grants being awarded to 646 businesses and 93,446 employees/members of trade associations and farmer based groups;

Secured funding from the African Development Bank under the Development of Skills for Industry Project (DSIP) which was utilized for the construction of 13 modern and well equipped Technical Institutes across the country;

Upgraded facilities in all 38 Colleges of Education;

Supervised the completion of the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho;

Secured funding and initiated work on the University of Environment and Sustainable Development in the Eastern Region;

Embarked on massive infrastructural expansion in all public tertiary institutions;

Student loan beneficiaries increased from 13,833 in the 2012/13 academic year to 24,951 in the 2015/16 academic year;

Upward review of the students’ loan from GHS650 – GHS1,600 over two semesters to GHS1,000 – GHS2,000 for same period;

Introduced the Students’ Loan Plus to cater for students who gain admission but face financial handicap in raising the initial, time bound registration fees.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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You Can Run But You Cannot Hide – COP Kofi Boakye Warns Jamestown Bullion Van Robbers

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Head of Legal and Prosecutions at the Ghana Police Service headquarters Nathan Kofi Boakye, a Commissioner of Police (COP), has warned perpetrators of last Monday’s robbery at Adedenkpo near Jamestown that their time will be up “very very very soon”.

“I want to emphasise to the nation that very, very, very soon all those involved in this bullion robbery and especially those who committed it, they will be arrested very soon,” the former Ashanti Regional Police Commander stated.

“They can run and run and run but they cannot hide.”

COP Kofi Boakye gave this assurance on Friday, June 18 when 320 new recruits of the Service passed out in the Ashanti Region at the Regional Police Training School in Kumasi.

He said the Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh, has put in “innovative” strategies to help combat the menace that currently confronts the nation.

He also called on the new recruits to start nosing around for information that will help in arresting Monday’s criminals.

“It is incumbent on all of us including you – the new recruits – to help us achieve this objective, starting from now and you have a duty of arresting these criminals who killed one of us.

“This is non-negotiable and we cannot compromise on the need to arrest these criminals.”

Monday’s attack on a bullion van left the police officer on escort duty, Lance Corporal Emmanuel Osei, dead and a by-stander, Efia Badu, also hit by a stray bullet.

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Mahama’s Aide Gives Birth To Triplets

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Joyce Bawa Mogtari, Special aide to former President John Mahama, has reportedly delivered a set of triplets.

The lawyer has been outside public scrutiny for a while now, after the conclusion of the 2020 Election Petition.

Madam Mogtari is married to Hudu Mogtari, a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).

This set of triplets brings her number of children to 4, having already birthed a son.

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Kufuor And Akufo-Addo Wanted To Jail Me At All Cost – Tsatsu Tsikata

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Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, a former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), has revealed that former president John Agyekum Kufuor and then Attorney General in 2002, Akufo-Addo were determined to put him behind bars at all cost.

In an interview on TV3, Mr Tsikata said the trial judge, Justice Henrietta Abban “had been adjourning because she had said if she didn’t do that there will be a mistrial.

“She did indicate that if she did not wait for the Supreme Court and the Court of appeal there will be a mistrial. In spite of all that she still went ahead to pronounce judgement on that day. You can’t really make head and tail of that in purely legal terms. The lesson I am trying to draw is this, we will want to have confidence in the judicial system. We want to have confidence that when you go to court the decisions will be based on law and the facts.

“But we also have to recognize that unfortunately that does not always happen. There are other factors that influence the course of justice including the factors political pressure being brought to bear on judges to come to a certain decision at all cost.

“In my case there was no question about the fact that the political pressure from right up to the president level, the Attorney General at that time now President Akufo-Addo, President Kufuor. They were determined that I would have to go to jail.

“That determination seemed to be based on the wish to demonstrate that certain things had not been done right under President Rawlings in the past.”

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