The Ghana Education Service (GES) has cautioned the public to report persons who approach them to pay money for placement into any senior high school (SHS) to the police.
The GES in a statement, dated January 29, 2023, and signed by the Head of Public Relations Unit, Cassandra Twum Ampofo, announced that preparations were ongoing for the release of Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) for the 2023/24 academic year.
It further urged the public to beware of fake news portals and instead follow the GES official social media handles.
“The GES remains committed to ensuring a smooth, merit-based SHS placement process under the established guidelines and looks forward to your full cooperation,” the statement added.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in a press statement, dated January 25, 2023, announced the release of provisional results for the 2022 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for both school and private candidates.
According to the statement, the subject results of 416 school candidates and three private candidates had been cancelled for the offence of either bringing foreign materials into the examination hall or colluding with other candidates.
Additionally, it stated that the entire results of 73 school candidates and two private candidates had also been cancelled for the offence of bringing mobile phones into the examination hall.
For subject results, the statement said 38 school candidates had their results withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of alleged examination malpractices while
the entire results of 11 school candidates had also been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of alleged examination malpractice.
A total of 552,288 candidates made up of 276,999 males and 275,289 females entered the school examination.
That included 65 candidates with visual impairment, 427 with hearing impairment and 54 candidates with other test accommodation needs.
Out of the total number of candidates who entered the examination, 4,309 candidates were absent.
The BECE for Private Candidates recorded a total entry figure of 1,144 candidates.
This was made up of 641 males and 503 females. Out of the total number of candidates who entered the examination, 84 candidates were absent.
The Council also cautioned all stakeholders to be wary of fraudsters who promise to upgrade results for a fee.
Alan Kyerematen withdraws from NPP presidential race
Alan Kyerematen, a former trade minister, has resigned from the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) presidential contest.
On Tuesday, September 5, he released a statement announcing his resignation.
In the super delegates meeting that was held on August 26th, Mr. Kyerematen came in third.
When announcing his decision to withdraw from the November 4 general election, he said, “The level of intimidation of varying intensity, unleashed on a significant number of Delegates at various Voting Centers across the sixteen regions, is unprecedented in the history of our Party.
Additionally, the fact that my polling agent in the North East region suffered severe eye damage as a result of his brave and daring attempt to ensure adherence to the election’s rules and regulations as approved by the Presidential Elections Committee will always be remembered as a dark chapter in the Party’s history of internal elections.
“This incident and many violent and conspiratorial behaviors reported in other Voting Centers are abhorrent, despicable, and inhumane. I will always fight for the interests of those who work for me and with me because I care about their safety.
Delegates and NPP Chair Asene Manso Akroso support Ken Ohene Agyapong
Assin Central Member of Parliament Ken Ohene Agyapong has received the backing of the Asene Manso Akroso (AMA) Constituency Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Sampson Kwadwo Effah, and all of the constituency’s delegates to become the NPP’s flagbearer.
He declared, “I am for Ken, we are for Ken,” when Mr. Ohene Agyapong visited the area as part of his campaign.
He said, “Delegates at Akroso, Asene Manso that I lead, we are here to support you, we were waiting for you to come.”
Ahead of the general elections in 2024, Mr. Agyapong is running for election as the NPP’s flagbearer.
He thinks he is in a position to assist the NPP in ending the eight-year electoral cycle.
He highlighted his experience as a businessman who has founded multiple companies in the nation as one of the reasons why people should vote for him because of his capacity to generate employment.
The proposed new debt restructure is evil and ineffective. Sam George: “Akufo-Addo government is mortgaging the lives of Ghanaians.”
Samuel Nartey George, a member of parliament for Ningo Prampram, has called the Akufo-Addo administration evil and inept.
His remark comes after Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta invited pensioners to participate in a new debt restructuring plan he was putting up.
On Monday, April 17, he remarked, “They have raped the public purse,” when discussing the Big Issue on TV3. People lost money during the financial clean-up and debt exchange, and now you’re going after pension funds while claiming that we shouldn’t talk.
He said, “This is a wicked, stupid, and incompetent government.”
However, Sylvester Tetteh, a member of parliament for Ngleshie-Amanfrom, claimed that the Finance Minister is not pressuring pensioners to participate in the new debt restructuring scheme.
He claims that only pensioners are being invited by the minister.
He explained that (the Finance Minister) was merely offering a suggestion and inviting others to participate.
“He is not putting a gun to the neck of the people,” he continued.
A new debt restructure has been proposed by Mr. Ofori-Atta.
He is requesting permission from the Board of Trustees of pension funds to include pension money in the new proposal.
According to him, the proposal was “crafted to facilitate the execution of the MoU, addressing the Financial Needs of the Government while maintaining the Value of the Pension Funds.”
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