Bolgatanga, Jan. 15, GNA - Mr Mark Woyongo, Upper East Regional Minister has expressed worry about the falling standards of Education at the basic level in the region.
He said the performance of pupils at last year’s BECE had taken a nose dive and that out of the 13,688 candidates, who sat for the examination in the region, only 4,836 candidates, representing 35.3 percent, obtained between aggregates six and 30.
Mr. Woyongo made the observation at a meeting of serving and retired Directors of Education in the Upper East Region in Bolgatanga, to deliberate on pertinent issues relating to education in the region.
He said the situation was disturbing and would have an adverse consequence on pupils, who did not gain admission into Senior High Schools (SHS), adding that, such pupils may end up not having any vocational or entrepreneurial training.
Bolgatanga, Jan 15, GNA- The Local Enterprises and Skills Development Programme (LESDEP) has trained 527 youth in various trade vocations in the Upper East Region.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency at Bolgatanga, during a graduation ceremony, the Regional Coordinator of the Programme, Mr Robert Agaab said out of the 527 trained, 115 were trained in mobile phone repairs, 128 in beauty care service, 126 in hair dressing, 45 in catering services, 45 in barbering services and 68 in rural transport service.
Mr Agaab explained that LESDEP, which was partnering with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, apart from training to the youth, also ensures that they were helped with the necessary logistics after training to commence their work
Bolgatanga, Jan 15, GNA - Government has pledged to rehabilitate the Vea Irrigation Canals and Laterals, which have not seen any major repairs since it was constructed in the 1970s. The Upper East Regional Minister, Mr Mark Woyongo gave the assurance when members of the Bongo Amalezale Cooperative Farmers Society (BONACOFSO), a farming cooperative society, presented a petition to him at the weekend on the need to rehabilitate the project. According to the farmers the canals and laterals were aged and most of them broken down and that when water was discharged from the dam it does not get to the farms.
Bolgatanga, Jan 15, GNA - Government has pledged to rehabilitate the Vea Irrigation Canals and Laterals, which have not seen any major repairs since it was constructed in the 1970s.
The Upper East Regional Minister, Mr Mark Woyongo gave the assurance when members of the Bongo Amalezale Cooperative Farmers Society (BONACOFSO), a farming cooperative society, presented a petition to him at the weekend on the need to rehabilitate the project.
According to the farmers the canals and laterals were aged and most of them broken down and that when water was discharged from the dam it does not get to the farms.
Bolgatanga, Jan 15, GNA - The Upper East Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Friday received 500 treated mosquito bed nets to be distributed to pregnant women and children under 5 years.
The mosquito nets were donated by UNICEF whilst the Department for International Development (DFID) bore the cost of shipment of the items.
Receiving the items from Crown Agent, a Procurement Company, at Bolgatanga, the Regional Director of the GHS, Dr John Koku Awoonor-Williams said the region is expected to receive one million long lasted mosquito nets from the two organizations.
He said so far half of it had been received and would be distributed to all households across the nine districts in the Region.
He explained that the major aim of the exercise is to help curb maternal and infant mortality, which was mostly associated with malaria and indicated that, apart from the donation of the items, UNICEF and DFID is supporting the training of volunteers in communities to educate the people on how to hang the nets.
Nkoranza (B/A), Jan. 15, GNA – Most Reverend Dominic Yeboah Nyarko, Catholic Bishop of Techiman Diocese, has urged political leaders and their supporters to desist from hurling insults, provocative and defamatory statements against their opponents.
The avoidance of such negative political approach will ensure violence-free and successful elections, according to the clergyman.
Wenchi (B/A) Jan. 15,GNA – A craft training centre christened “Young City”, has been established at Wenchi in the Brong-Ahafo Region to assist persons with disabilities to learn vocations.
The Centre was set up by Rural Youth Association of Ghana, an NGO, to help the Disabled quest for a dignified life.
Accra , Jan. 15, GNA - Mr James Avomah, General Secretary, New Patriotic Party (NPP) Northern Youth Movement, has called for the return of NPP to power to halt falling standards of education in the three Northern Regions.
He said the NPP is the only political party that can give meaning to the lives of ordinary Ghanaians by facilitating the fast growth of the economy and by placing people at the centre of national development.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Avomah said the movement was formed to sensitize youth supporters of the NPP in the three Northern Regions and also to help the party strategize to win back power in 2012.
Kpando, Jan. 15, GNA-Colonel Cyril Necku (rtd), Deputy Volta Regional Minister, on Friday said that the Government needed absolute support from communities and stakeholders to make the national education enterprise revealing.
He stressed “there should be a joint responsibility sharing between government and stakeholders” with one of such collaboration being the establishment of traditional education endowment funds to support poor and brilliant children.
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Accra, Jan. 15, GNA – The First ever Fanti Words and Idioms Dictionary has been launched in Accra to promote the speaking of local languages for national development.
The dictionary, which is the first edition, has words and idioms from A-L aimed to preserve and promote the nation's rich culture form as well as educate the populace, including tourists who visit the country every time.