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WASSCE Students From 2021 And Beyond Will Benefit From Maths Sets – NAPO

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Former Education Minister Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh has said he does not know the CEO of Bluegrass Limited in person and until his vetting on Friday, 11 February 2021, was not aware of his earlier arrest by the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) on 29th January 2021.

The CEO of Bluegrass Limited was arrested by the NIB for allegedly failing to supply over 853,000 pieces of the mathematical sets in 2020 after he was contracted to do so.

This many have said has caused financial loss to the state.

But setting the record straight on the issue of the mathematical sets after his vetting on Friday, 12 February 2021, where the issue came up, Dr Prempeh in a statement said although the items did not arrive in time due to Covid-19 restrictions to be sued for the 2020 West Africa Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), candidates for 2021 and beyond will benefit from them.

He explained that: “1. On 6th December 2018, Transnational Ltd wrote to the Minister, introducing Bluegrass Ltd and a scientific mathematical tool that is examination compliant (a maths set and a non-programmable scientific calculator combined).

2. Minister then wrote to GES on this matter, as the GES has a seat on WAEC International’s council and runs senior highs schools in the country. GES subsequently wrote to WAEC for further clarification.

3 On 5th February 2019, WAEC wrote back to GES and stated that the issue of malpractice had been discussed extensively in a retreat organised by the council in 2018 in Lagos. Members agreed that the council should formulate a policy requiring students to use only WAEC-approved sets of mathematical instruments.

4. Subsequently, WAEC wrote to GES to explain that the mathematical sets were designed with Cornfill Ltd.

5. On 12th February 2019, the Director-General of GES wrote to the Minister, copying him in on the WAEC letter of 5th February 2019 and a letter from Cornfill Ltd, recommending the procurement of WAEC-approved mathematical sets to be used in WAEC exams as they fall in line with WAEC recommendations and requirements.

6. On 12th March 2019, the Ministry wrote to the PPA for approval to procure the items by sole sourcing due to the urgency of having the instruments in place for the 2020 WASSCE, in accordance with the Public Procurement Act, at a price of GHC75 per item, totalling GHC63,975,675 for 853,009 pieces.

7. Unfortunately, the delivery of the items for the May/June 2020 WASSCE was delayed due to COVID restrictions which affected production abroad, and the first batch did not arrive in time for the benefit of the candidates. However, candidates for 2021 and beyond will benefit from them and the intention is to purchase them for all SHS students to enable them familiarize themselves with the items in preparation for their examinations.

8. The first batch that was received has been paid for and payment for the remainder will be made upon receipt.

9. The Minister does not know the CEO of Bluegrass Ltd in person and until his vetting on Friday 11th February 2021, was not aware of his earlier arrest by the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) on 29th January 2021.

Source: Class FM

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Legally, Mahama’s Petition Was Not Handled Well – Lawyer

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Private legal practitioner, Lawyer Obiri Boahen has indicated that the lawyers for the petitioner in the ongoing 2020 Presidential polls did not help matters.

According to him the lawyers failed the petitioner in presenting a valid case before the court.

He furthered that witnesses for the petitioner also failed to convince the court with their statements.

“Lawyers of Mahama failed to prosecute the case well. That is the truth everyone is failing to speak. People are afraid to tell Mahama the truth. His lawyers failed to prosecute the case well. Legally speaking, the case was not well handled,” he was quoted by rainbowradioonline.

Lawyer Obiri Boahen however, noted that the EC could be summoned by Parliament to explain the errors in the Presidential results.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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Video: Koku Anyidoho’s Wife Narrates How Koku Sacked Her From Their Home After The Death Of Their 9-Year Old Daughter

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There seems to be a storm brewing in the home of former General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Koku Anyidoho as his wife has emerged to accuse him of throwing her out of their matrimonial home.

Jennifer Boahemaa Yeboah told GhanaWeb in an exclusive interview yet to be aired on the #SayItLoud programme that, following months of emotional abuse and negligence from her husband, Mr Anyidoho sent her packing from their home.

It will be recalled that Madam Jennifer was involved in a car accident in November last year which resulted in the loss of their 8-year-old daughter.

She furthered that Mr Anyidoho abandoned her after the accident, taking away their only surviving son because he blamed her for the death of their daughter.

The estranged wife recounted to GhanaWeb, how shortly after being discharged from the hospital, while arrangements were being carried out for the burial of their daughter, the former NDC General Secretary sent bottles of schnapps to her parents in the company of some friends to dissolve their marriage after their marriage of about 6 years

She noted that her family took receipt of the drinks to be used as evidence when the two families formally met to deliberate on the matter.

Madam Jennifer told GhanaWeb that what broke the camel’s back was events that occurred on Tuesday, February 23. She noted that while she was away, Mr Anyidoho packed some of her belongings from their matrimonial home and sent it to her mother’s house in a KIA truck on her blind side.

“Sending an unknown driver to bring some of my things without anyone’s knowledge, and the marriage has not been dissolved officially, I don’t know what to say… I was there yesterday trying to sort out a few things at my new apartment when I got a call from my 78-year-old mother that a KIA truck is here with some few things that Anyidoho said they should bring it…” she told GhanaWeb.

Meanwhile, Mr Koku Anyidoho is yet to respond to the allegations. When GhanaWeb reached out to him, he was unavailable.

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It’s Unfortunate Mahama Dragged Us To Court Over Harmless Mistake – EC Lawyers File Closing Address

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The lawyers of the Electoral Commission (EC), first respondent in the ongoing petition hearing say it is unfortunate that they were dragged to court by the NDC’s 2020 Presidential Candidate, John Mahama.

According to them, the harmless mistake made by EC boss, Jean Mensah while declaring the election results on December 9 had no bearing on the outcome of the election which has triggered the petition.

They further stated that the former President has failed to provide any evidence whatsoever to challenge the election results and for that matter, the declaration of the result and hence, they are calling on the court to dismiss the petitioner’s case.

The submission is contained in the written closing address filed by the lawyers in compliance with the Supreme Court’s orders.

The Apex court on Monday announced it will deliver judgment on the election petition on Thursday, March 4.

Mr Mahama had filed a petition rejecting the election results as declared December 9 stating that none of the candidates who contested the December 7 polls including himself met the constitutional threshold of obtaining more than 50% of the valid votes cast.

The Electoral Commission and President Akufo-Addo were named as respondents in the petition as required by law.

The former President’s lawyers in the course of the trial served the EC with a document asking that it admits certain facts including that its chairperson announced 13.4 million as valid votes cast while handing President Akufo-Addo, 6.7 million votes.

They say the failure of the EC to admit or rebut these facts within 14 days as required by law means the facts have been admitted.

An admission of these facts they argue means President Akufo-Addo did not obtain more than 50% of the votes cast.

They are therefore urging the Supreme Court to on March 4, direct the Electoral Commission to organise a run-off between President Akufo-Addo and Mr Mahama.

Source: MyJoyonline

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