The USAID/Ghana Strengthening Accountability in Ghana’s Education System (SAGES) Systems Strengthening Activity has been launched to assist the Ministry of Education (MoE) and its agencies to strengthen accountability in 1,254 primary schools in the country.
The SAGES Systems Strengthening Activity, which is a five-year (April 01, 2023 to March 30, 2028) $50 million Cooperative Agreement with the Ghana Mission of USAID, supports the MoE’s objective to strengthen accountability mechanisms in the education sector as outlined in the Education Strategic Plan for 2018-2030.
It is being implemented in the 17 USAID Zones of Influence Districts in the Northern, North East, Upper East, and Upper West Regions, and will work directly with all public basic schools and their communities in the area.
It is to deliver capacity-strengthening interventions for regional and district-level staff, including District Directors of Education, and School Improvement Support Officers to strengthen district, school, and community engagement with the Education Accountability Framework (EAF).
Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) and its consortium partners – AfriKids, Community Development Alliance, Crown Agents, Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition, and School for Life are the implementing partners.
Madam Rose Tchwenko, Country Director for CARE, speaking (virtual) during the launch of the SAGES Systems Strengthening Activity in Tamale on Monday, said it would build on the past successes to improve learning outcomes for children in the country.
In its analysis of the education sector, the MoE identified a lack of accountability as one of the primary causes of poor learning outcomes in primary schools in the country. Consequently, the MoE prioritized strengthening accountability mechanisms as a primary means of enhancing education service delivery and developed the EAF to guide the effective implementation of the strategy.
While the EAF has been validated, it is not yet operational. The EAF will be operationalized as part of this SAGES Systems Strengthening Activity to assist and collaborate with the MoE and its agencies to strengthen accountability and improve education service delivery in the country.
Madam Tchwenko said the SAGES Systems Strengthening Activity was important because of the centrality of education to the future of the country.
Nana Baffuor Awuah, Director, Pre-Tertiary, MoE, urged all partners and stakeholders to come on board with their expertise to ensure effective implementation of the Activity to achieve the desired results.
Mr Jonathan Thomsen, Deputy Office Director, Office of Education, USAID Ghana, said the SAGES Systems Strengthening Activity was a manifestation of the United States (U.S) Government’s commitment to support the Government of Ghana to achieve its education goals.
Mr Thomsen said the Activity would empower communities to demand quality education and expressed confidence that it would make a significant and lasting impact on education in the country. Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu, Northern Regional Minister, whose speech was read on his behalf, commended the U.S. government for its relentless efforts at ensuring quality education for children in the country.
Sagnar-Naa Yakubu Abdulai, Paramount Chief of Sagnarigu Traditional Area, whose speech was read on his behalf, was positive that the SAGES Systems Strengthening Activity would yield the desired impact.
Tragic Loss Strikes Nalerigu NMTC as Two Level 200 Students Pass Away on the Same Day
Two Level 200 Students of Nalerigu NMTC pass away.
In a devastating turn of events, Nalerigu NMTC community is mourning the loss of two of its promising students who passed away on the fateful day of November 28, 2023. The students, identified as Yakubu Isshaku and an unnamed young lady from the same institution, were both in their second year, pursuing their dreams in the noble field of healthcare.
The male student, Yakubu Isshaku, was known among peers and faculty for his dedication and passion for nursing. His untimely demise has left a void in the hearts of those who knew him. Colleagues remember him as a diligent student who was committed to his studies, aspiring to make a positive impact in the healthcare sector.
The identity of the female student is yet to be confirmed, adding an element of mystery to this unfortunate incident. Both students were in their sophomore year, navigating the challenges of academic life while preparing for their future roles as healthcare professionals.
According to reports, both Yakubu Isshaku and the unnamed female student had been battling illness. The nature and specifics of their health conditions remain undisclosed at this time. The sudden loss of two students on the same day has sent shockwaves through the Nalerigu Nursing and Midwifery Training College community, prompting an outpouring of grief and solidarity.
The college administration is working closely with the families of the deceased to provide support during this difficult time. Counseling services are being made available to students, faculty, and staff as they come to terms with the tragic events that have unfolded.
The Nalerigu NMTC community is united in mourning, remembering the vibrant spirits of Yakubu Isshaku and the unnamed female student. The college flag flies at half-mast as a symbol of respect and remembrance for these young lives lost too soon.
As the community grapples with this profound loss, there is a collective call for reflection on the fragility of life and the importance of supporting one another during challenging times. The memories of Yakubu Isshaku and his unnamed colleague will undoubtedly live on in the hearts of those who knew them, and the Nalerigu NMTC community will forever be marked by this somber day in its history.
The news of Yakubu Isshaku and the unnamed female student’s passing has cast a somber mood over the Nalerigu NMTC campus. Friends and classmates are grappling with the sudden and simultaneous loss of two individuals who were integral parts of their academic journey. The hallways, once filled with the hustle and bustle of student life, now echo with a profound sense of sorrow. Candlelight vigils and impromptu memorials have sprung up around the campus as students gather to remember and honor their departed friends.
Yakubu Isshaku, described as a friendly and approachable individual, had forged strong bonds within the student community. His absence is deeply felt by those who shared classrooms, study sessions, and laughter with him. The unnamed female student, although her identity remains a mystery, undoubtedly had her own circle of friends who are left with a void that cannot be easily filled. The Nalerigu NMTC family is coming together to support one another, emphasizing the importance of solidarity during times of grief.
As the college mourns, there is a renewed emphasis on the mental and emotional well-being of students. Faculty members are actively engaging with students to provide a supportive environment for coping with loss. The college administration is considering memorial initiatives to commemorate the lives of Yakubu Isshaku and the unnamed female student, ensuring that their contributions to the Nalerigu NMTC community are acknowledged and remembered.
Beyond the campus, condolences and messages of support have poured in from neighboring institutions and the wider healthcare community. The tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the unpredictable nature of health. In the face of adversity, the Nalerigu NMTC community remains resilient, drawing strength from the memories of the departed and the shared commitment to creating a nurturing and compassionate academic environment.
GES Releases 2023 School Placement: CSSPS Portal Now Live
2023 GES School Placement has been Released.
As the academic year approaches, students and parents across Ghana are eagerly awaiting the release of the 2023 school placement. The Ghana Education Service (GES) has recently announced the much-anticipated availability of placement checker cards for sale, signaling that the process is in motion.
The CSSPS (Computerized School Selection and Placement System) portal is now live, providing a convenient and accessible platform for candidates and parents to check their school placements. This development comes after a period of anxious anticipation, with many candidates eagerly awaiting the outcome of their applications.
The release of the placement checker cards adds an extra layer of accessibility to the process, allowing candidates and parents to easily access their placement details. This move by the GES reflects a commitment to transparency and efficiency in the education system, ensuring that all stakeholders have timely and straightforward access to crucial information.
Parents and candidates are encouraged to promptly acquire the placement checker cards to facilitate the swift and hassle-free checking of school placements. The availability of these cards at various outlets makes it convenient for individuals to obtain them without undue delay.
The CSSPS portal, being the hub for checking school placements, is designed to accommodate a high volume of users simultaneously. This ensures that candidates and parents can access their placement details without facing technical glitches or delays. The live portal is a testament to the GES’s dedication to utilizing technology to streamline educational processes and enhance user experience.
It is essential for candidates and parents to follow the prescribed procedures outlined by the GES for checking school placements. This may include inputting specific details from the placement checker cards, ensuring accuracy and confidentiality in the process.
The release of the 2023 school placement is a pivotal moment for candidates, as it determines the next phase of their academic journey. The GES’s commitment to timely information dissemination is commendable, as it provides candidates and parents with the necessary tools to plan and prepare for the upcoming academic year.
The release of the 2023 school placement by the GES not only brings relief to candidates and parents but also initiates a period of planning for the future. With placement details in hand, individuals can start mapping out logistics, such as transportation arrangements and accommodation considerations for those attending schools away from home. Additionally, this crucial information allows students to mentally prepare for the challenges and opportunities that await them in their chosen educational institutions.
The activation of the CSSPS portal is a user-friendly initiative that aligns with the modernization of educational processes. Candidates and parents can navigate the portal with ease, utilizing the placement checker cards to access comprehensive details about school assignments. The user interface is designed to be intuitive, ensuring that even those less familiar with digital platforms can navigate effortlessly. This commitment to user experience reflects the GES’s dedication to inclusivity and accessibility in the education sector.
Transparency is a cornerstone of a well-functioning education system, and the GES’s timely release of the 2023 school placement reinforces this principle. By providing clear and accessible information, the GES instills confidence in stakeholders, fostering a sense of trust in the educational processes. This transparency not only benefits candidates and parents but also contributes to a broader culture of openness and accountability within the education system, ultimately enhancing its overall effectiveness.
The release of school placements is not only an individual affair but also a community event. As candidates share their results with family, friends, and teachers, a collective sense of achievement and anticipation builds. The support network surrounding each candidate plays a crucial role in their educational journey, and the release of the school placement results sparks conversations and celebrations within these communities. This communal engagement underscores the interconnectedness of educational success, emphasizing the collaborative effort required for the holistic development of students.
In conclusion, the release of the 2023 school placement by the GES and the activation of the CSSPS portal mark a significant milestone in the education calendar. As candidates and parents eagerly obtain their placement checker cards, the educational community looks forward to a smooth and efficient process that sets the stage for a successful academic year ahead.
Public basic schools still without textbooks – Concerned teachers lament
Public Basic schools in the Upper East Region are still without textbooks more than four years after the rollout of a standards-based curriculum at the basic school level (primary and junior high schools), forcing teachers to improvise and rely on the internet to teach pupils, according to Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana ( CCT- Ghana) in the Upper East Region.
In a recent interview with Bolgatanga Dreamz FM, the Upper East Regional Chairman of the CCT-Ghana, Richard Sunday Yinbil, lamented the struggle of teachers in executing their tasks without textbooks and other teaching and learning materials.
“We don’t have textbooks. As far as this curriculum[ the Standards-Based curriculum] is concerned, we don’t have…I go onto the internet, and download books that are there. I buy data, go onto the internet, and ask my colleagues. So if go to our platform, people are asking ‘Can you help me with this or that’. Because some go onto the internet and don’t get the right information,” Richard Sunday Yinbil lamented.
He added that even though teachers go to great lengths to teach pupils without textbooks, their efforts go unnoticed and unrewarded by the Government.
In September 2019, the Government began the implementation of a Standards-Based curriculum at the pretertiary level, beginning with primary and junior high schools. But the implementation has been fraught with challenges, especially without the requisite teaching materials such as textbooks for pupils and teachers.
The government has failed to supply textbooks to all schools despite countless promises and assurances from the Minister of Education and other Government functionaries
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