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Voters register: Only 25 people will be allowed at registration centre at a time – EC

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Not more than 25 people will be permitted at a registration centre at a given time when the Electoral commission begins the mass voter registration exercise for the December polls, that’s according the Communications Director for the Commission.

According to Sylvia Annor, the commission will put the necessary safety protocols in place to ensure that Ghanaians are adequately protected against COVID-19 contraction while undertaking the exercise.

Speaking to Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Wednesday, the EC spokesperson said the commission poised to develop a voters’ roll for the upcoming Presidential and parliamentary elections.

“At each point in time we will ensure that we do not have more than 25 persons including the officials at any registration centre,” she said.

She added: “People coming to register will be given hand sanitizers before they enter the registration centre, you need to wear a face mask, without a face mask you cannot enter a registration centre. There will be no crowding at the registration centre, I can assure you”.

She reiterated the EC’s position that existing Voter’s ID cards will not be accepted as proof of identity during the registration exercise.

“You need a Ghanaian passport or Ghana card, if for one reason or the other you don’t have any of the two then you fall on the other which is getting two guarantors to guarantee for you.

“We are not using the old voters’ ID card, the voters’ ID card, some people argue, is not a good index for identification. It’s an established fact that the ID card is not a good index for proof of identification”.

Meanwhile, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has alleged that the Electoral Commission and National Identification Authority are conspiring to suppress votes in the strongholds of the party.

Addressing a news conference last week, National Chairman of the party Samuel Ofosu Ampofo alleged that the decision of the Electoral Commission to push for the Ghana Card, birth certificate and Passport as the primary documents required to register during the voters’ registration exercise is part of a grand scheme to rig the 2020 elections in favour of the governing NPP.

According to Mr Ampofo, the decision by the NIA to increase the number of registration centres in the Ashanti region but keep few in the strongholds of the NDC is part of the voter suppression agenda.

“The President seeing defeat staring glaringly at him, he is in conjunction with the Jean Mensaled EC and the Ken Attafuah led NIA desperately scheming to rig the 2020 elections and hold on to power at all cost.

“Not even the unusual circumstances we find ourselves in which requires that we pull together for our collective survival as a nation are enough to deter the actors of this plot from their ungodly act.”

Mr Ampofo also wondered why the EC would like to ignore the voter ID which he said is the most credible document of identity in the county and rather go for birth certificates which are easily obtainable.

Source: Starr FM

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Education Bodies Bill Passed

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A legislation seeking to eliminate functional redundancies and regulate the educational sector effectively and efficiently has been passed by Parliament and is set to become law.

The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, moved the motion for the adoption by the House on behalf of the Education Minister. It was seconded by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wa West, Joseph Yieleh Chireh.

What Is The Education Regulatory Bodies Bill?

The Education Regulatory Bodies Bill, 2019 is made up of six parts and 127 clauses, and describes the structures of the various regulatory agencies.

They are the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), the National Accreditation Board (NAB), the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), the National Teaching Council (NTC), and the National Inspectorate Board (NIB).

Part one of the Act restructures and merges the existing National Council for Tertiary Education and the National Accreditation Board into one institution, to be known as the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission.

Part two has merged the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, the National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations and the National Vocational Training Institute into a new body, to be known as the National Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

The third, fourth and fifth parts of the Act provide for the National Teaching Council, the National Inspectorate Authority and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment respectively.

Part six, which is the final part of the bill, deals with the administrative and financial provisions in respect of the five regulatory bodies established under the bill.

Advantage Of The Education Regulatory Bodies Bill

The Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Kwesi Yankah, during the debate on the bill, said it had no intention of rendering people redundant, and that it was coming to harmonize the consolidated bodies in order to lead to greater efficiency in the running of tertiary and other levels of education in the country.

“Various aspects of education have come under criticism. It is best understood alongside of existence of a number of documents for tertiary institutions, including the various reforms in the tertiary education sector,” he noted during the second reading by the House.

Prof. Yankah indicated that Ghanaians should bear in mind that the document (bill) had travelled a long journey to arrive in the House, adding that various stages of the journey of the document had taken care of issues raised, such as small differences and overlaps of existing documents.

Disadvantage Of The Education Regulatory Bodies Bill

He, however, pointed out that the bill was silent on the process of obtaining certification, accreditation and charter, and that this aspect of the document would rest with the regulatory body, the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), that will come out with specific regulations not stipulated in the bill.

On the issue of access, Prof. Yankah stated that it is one area that had confronted tertiary education in the country, and that the limitation of access all these years had been an unfortunate perception about private university.

“In all the discussions that I have heard on the floor, I get the impression that private universities are probably setting us back in terms of quality. What we often forget is that we have so many spotlights in private universities’ challenges that we intend to completely ignore the challenges faced by public universities,” he argued.

The minister said the public had not put the scale objectively on the issues, and asked rhetorically, if relevant at all, which of these two aspects of issues of education are probably running us down.

“What extend has the National Accreditation Board spotlighted public universities and raised issues that we normally see about private universities?” he quizzed and continued that nobody talks about student-lecturer ratio at public universities which is clearly a function of NAB.

“But when a private university faulted in one way or the other it is natural that we are all up in arms because of the perception that private universities are substandard,” he added.

The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, moved the motion for the adoption by the House on behalf of the Education Minister. It was seconded by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wa West, Joseph Yieleh Chireh.

Structures Of The Various Regulatory Agencies

The Education Regulatory Bodies Bill, 2019 is made up of six parts and 127 clauses, and describes the structures of the various regulatory agencies.

They are the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), the National Accreditation Board (NAB), the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), the National Teaching Council (NTC), and the National Inspectorate Board (NIB).

Part one of the Act restructures and merges the existing National Council for Tertiary Education and the National Accreditation Board into one institution, to be known as the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission.

Part two has merged the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, the National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations and the National Vocational Training Institute into a new body, to be known as the National Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

The third, fourth and fifth parts of the Act provide for the National Teaching Council, the National Inspectorate Authority and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment respectively.

Part six, which is the final part of the bill, deals with the administrative and financial provisions in respect of the five regulatory bodies established under the bill.

The Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Kwesi Yankah, during the debate on the bill, said it had no intention of rendering people redundant, and that it was coming to harmonize the consolidated bodies in order to lead to greater efficiency in the running of tertiary and other levels of education in the country.

“Various aspects of education have come under criticism. It is best understood alongside of existence of a number of documents for tertiary institutions, including the various reforms in the tertiary education sector,” he noted during the second reading by the House.

Prof. Yankah indicated that Ghanaians should bear in mind that the document (bill) had travelled a long journey to arrive in the House, adding that various stages of the journey of the document had taken care of issues raised, such as small differences and overlaps of existing documents.

He, however, pointed out that the bill was silent on the process of obtaining certification, accreditation and charter, and that this aspect of the document would rest with the regulatory body, the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), that will come out with specific regulations not stipulated in the bill.

On the issue of access, Prof. Yankah stated that it is one area that had confronted tertiary education in the country, and that the limitation of access all these years had been an unfortunate perception about private university.

“In all the discussions that I have heard on the floor, I get the impression that private universities are probably setting us back in terms of quality. What we often forget is that we have so many spotlights in private universities’ challenges that we intend to completely ignore the challenges faced by public universities,” he argued.

The minister said the public had not put the scale objectively on the issues, and asked rhetorically, if relevant at all, which of these two aspects of issues of education are probably running us down.

“What extend has the National Accreditation Board spotlighted public universities and raised issues that we normally see about private universities?” he quizzed and continued that nobody talks about student-lecturer ratio at public universities which is clearly a function of NAB.

“But when a private university faulted in one way or the other it is natural that we are all up in arms because of the perception that private universities are substandard,” he added.

Source: CediNews

 

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41 Ghanaians in USA arrive in Ghana

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41 Ghanaians who were in Washington DC, USA, have arrived in safely in Ghana.

41 Ghanaians who are mostly students who went on an exchange program sponsored by the State Department of the United States of America have arrived safely back home.

They arrived aboard a South African Airways flight at 9.20 am today, Saturday, at the Kotoko International Airport, Citinewsroom.com reported.

This comes a day after the government announced that it has arranged chartered flights to bring back Ghanaians home based on a schedule drawn up by the Foreign Affairs Ministry even though most countries have closed borders due to COVID-19.

The evacuees are lodging at a hotel in Accra, and they are to observe the two-weeks mandatory quarantine period.

One of the students who spoke to Citi News said, “The exchange program was supposed to be for ten months. So we were supposed to come back on June 8. But we left our various states on June 3 and then we went to the USA to stay overnight and then we left.”

Source: Citinewsroom.com

 

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Ghana’s COVID-19 case count rises to 9,642 with 44 deaths and 3,547 recoveries

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According to the Ghana Health Service’s dedicated website for the updates on COVID-19, Ghana’s case has made a substantial rise once again.

As of today, the total case count is at 9,642 with 44 deaths and 3,547 deaths. The number of active cases stand at 5,871.

Regional Breakdown Of COVID-19 cases below:

Greater Accra Region – 6,282

Ashanti Region – 1,645

Western Region – 580

Central Region – 478

Eastern Region – 163

Volta Region – 102

Western North Region – 74

Upper East Region – 42

Northern Region – 37

Oti Region – 26

Upper West Region – 22

Bono East Region – 7

North East Region – 2

Savannah Region – 1

Bono Region – 1

Ahafo Region –

Although the cases keep increasing, most Ghanaians have relaxed their adherence to safety and preventive protocols. On the other hand, the government has made an effort to open churches, schools and mosques with a personal conviction of hope.

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