Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference Condemns Unrest, Hooliganism in Senior High Schools

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The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference has expressed worry about the recent happenings of destruction in some Senior High Schools in the country, an action it described as disrespect for authority.

In a Statement issued August 7, the GCBC said it “has noticed with utter dismay the total disregard for the rule of law and the wanton destruction of state properties that is taking place on the campuses of some Senior High Schools across the country in reference to the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).”

The Statement signed by the Most Rev. Philip Naameh, President of the GCBC, noted that “We condemn in no uncertain terms this show of disrespect for authority, even going to the extent of insulting the President of the nation; the attacks on some heads of institutions, teachers, staff of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and journalists, resulting in varied degrees of injuries suffered by the victims. These unfortunate incidents are very disheartening, to say the least.”

The Ghanaian Bishops have therefore collectively called on all the major stakeholders in Education and the law enforcement agencies to bring the perpetrators of these acts to book in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Ghana Education Service as well as the laws of the land to serve as a deterrent to others. “We equally call on all final year students writing the ongoing WASSCE to remain calm and to concentrate on their studies instead of looking for leaked examination questions to enable them to pass their exams,” they noted.

The Bishops of Ghana reminded the students that “there is no shortcut to success but only through hard work and discipline. We also urge them to desist from all forms of lawlessness and disregard for authority.”

They also called on all Ghanaians, especially adults, to show good examples to the youth instead of encouraging them to do things that endanger their lives and those of others.
“The canker of violence that is gradually creeping into our society should be of great worry to all people of peace and goodwill, and the earlier we nip this in the bud, the better it will be for us,” they stressed.

Source :Newswatchgh.com

Archbishop Kwofie Addressed Educational Institutions Staff and Students on Covid 19

Accra ( G/A) July 11, 2020, Act-news- The Episcopal Chairman of Education of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference(GCBC) , Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, has appealed to staff of the educational institutions in the country particularly those in the Catholic Educational Institutions to be more careful and vigilant as the count cases of the COVID 19 in the country was increasing up.

Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, Episcopal chairman of education and Archbishop of the Accra Catholic Archdiocese , in a video address , entreated both teaching and non-teaching staffs of schools in the country to be extra vigilant on the students and encouraged the students to observed all the COVID 19 protocols outlined by the ministry of health and the Ghana Health service as well as the ministry of education.

He said that parents were worried as result of the increasing cases of the disease in some of the educational institutions.

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Archbishop Kwofie’s

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Strictly Adhere to Covid 19 Protocols in Schools to Protect and Save Life- Catholic Heads told

Mrs Doros Ashun, General Manager for Catholic Schools-Ghana

Accra (G/A) July 7, Act-News- Heads of Catholic Educational institutions in the country have been asked to strictly adhere to all the COVID 19 health protocols outlined by both the Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Education Service to help prevent the spread of the deadly disease in Catholic Educational institutions.

This was contained in a letter signed by the General Manager of Catholic Schools in Ghana, Mrs. Doris Ashun to heads of Catholic Educational institutions in the country and copied to the actghana. org.
The letter indicated that support of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference to educational workers in the Catholic Educational institutions during this period of the Pandemic.

She commanded the educational workers in the country for accepting to teach the final year students who have been called to school to complete their programmes.

Mrs Doris Ashun, General Manager for Catholic Schools-Ghana

Cape Coast Archdiocesan ACT Donates to Cape Coast Catholic Archdiocesan COVID -19 FUND

Cape Coast ( C/R) July 4, Act-news- Members of the Cape Coast Archdiocesan Association of Catholic Teachers (ACT) have donated an amount of Two Thousand Ghana Cedis ( GHC 2 000.00) to the Cape Coast Catholic Archdiocesan COVID 19 fund to support the church’s effort to help in the fight of the deadly disease in the Archdiocese.

Rev. Fr. Patrick Appiah, spiritual director of the Association indicated that the donation was contributions made by the members of the association in the Archdiocese to give it to the church to support members of the church in the Archdiocese who had been affected or infected by the virus.

Mad. Cynthia Dadzie presenting Cash donation to Rev.Fr. Stephen Amoah-Gyasi, Most Rev. Palma-Buckle at the middle with red -hat

Most Rev. Gabriel Palmer-Buckel, Archbishop of Cape Coast Catholic Archdiocese thanked the members of the association for their support and urged them that the money would be used for it intended purpose.

He entreated the members of the association to always remain focus to stand for good moral values and virtues at their work place and wherever they found themselves.

He pledged the church’s support for the survival of the association in the Archdiocese.

In attendance were Spiritual Director, Rev. Fr. Patrick Appiah,  the Regional Manager of Catholic Schools, Madam Rose Johnson, ACT Archdiocesan Coordinator, Mad. Cynthia Dadzie, ACT Archdiocesan President,  Mr. Justice Kobina  Asmah, ACT Archdiocesan Treasure, Mad. Theesa Mensah- Dadzie, Archdiocesan Secretary, Mr. Patrick Appiah-Sam and the Archdiocesan Caritas/ Development Director.

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Second Cycle Institutions in Volta Region Received Covid 19 Materials Ahead Reopening

Hohoe (VR) June 22, Actnews- Some second-cycle institutions in the Volta Region have received Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from government as part of measures to ensure safe resumption of academic activities in schools.

The institutions are in the Hohoe Municipality, Afadzato South District, Kpando Municipality and North and South Dayi Districts.


The items include hand sanitizers, veronica buckets, gun thermometers and bales of nose masks.

Mr. Andrews Teddy Ofori, the Hohoe Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) who presented the items to representatives of the educational directorates, said it formed part of government’s support to ensure that students were safe and adhered to all precautionary measures.

He said the items would be evenly distributed to ensure that all students and schools were adequately resourced to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.

Madam Gladys Amenya, Hohoe Municipal Director of Education who received the items on behalf of the Directorates, expressed gratitude to government for the support in ensuring safe and conducive teaching and learning environment for teachers and students.

She said the items would be put to good use and tasked heads of the beneficiary institutions to ensure students and staff observed all protocols.

Madam Amenya said the Directorate had monitoring teams to ensure compliance.

A total of 95 veronica buckets, 38-gun thermometers, 190 soaps, 190 tissue papers, 3,688 hand sanitizers and 11,065 face masks were presented to seven second-cycle institutions in the Hohoe Municipality.

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Government Commended for Supporting Private Universities

Ejisu(Ash) June 19, Actnews-Reverend Father Dr. Anthony Anomah, Rector of Spiritan University College at Ejisu, has commended the government for supporting private tertiary institutions in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.

He said the government had shown leadership and commitment in the fight against the continued spread of the disease.

It was therefore important for the citizenry to reciprocate the gesture by adhering strictly to all the preventive protocols and restrictive measures put in place to contain the spread of the virus in the country.

Rev. Fr. Anomah gave the commendation when the University took delivery of quantities of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) from the Ministry of Education to be used by final year students who have been asked to return to school to complete their academic work.

The items included two thermometer guns, five Veronica buckets, five gallons of liquid soap, 130 pieces of hand sanitizers, 391 face masks, among others.

Rev. Fr. Anomah said the University management expressed its appreciation for the gesture and said strict preventive protocols had been activated on the University campus in line with the government’s directives.

He appealed to the government to assist private universities through the Getfund, to help develop and improve infrastructure to enhance teaching and learning.

In and Out of the National Teaching Council

FULL PRESENTATION BY MR. CHRISTIAN ADDAI POKU, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE NATIONAL TEACHING COUNCIL -GHANA, AT AN ENCOUNTER WITH MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC TEACHERS -GHANA VIA ZOOM ON LICENSING  IN-SERVICE TEACHERS

DATED: SUNDAY 10TH MAY,2020

Introduction
The National Teaching Council (NTC) is an agency of the Ministry of Education mandated by the Education Act 2008 (ACT 778) to promote teacher professionalism in Ghana.

What do we do at NTC?

License and Register teachers
Develop and periodically review professional practice and ethical standards
Provide framework for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) of teachers
Collaborate with National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) to regulate teacher training

Why should teachers be licensed and registered?
The license is the only legal authorisation to practise as a teacher in Ghana
It signifies that the teacher meets the knowledge and skills required by NTC
It enhances the teacher’s employability globally
It gives recognition to a teacher as a member of a profession

How are teachers licensed and registered?
They must have completed initial teacher training programme (Diploma, B.Ed, PGDE etc). The training institution must have uploaded the pass list onto the NTC portal
They must have passed the Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination (GTLE)
They must have been given a provisional license
They must have completed induction programme (this includes portfolio assessment)
Full license is then issued
NB: Teachers already employed before September, 2018 will be issued with the license without writing the GTLE.

How will teachers with foreign qualifications be licensed?
They must have submitted certificates for verification and confirmation by National Accreditation Board (NAB) before applying for the license
They must pass the GTLE
They might have gone through induction programme
Full license will then be issued
NB: Licensed Foreign Teachers might be exempted from the GTLE and induction programme

Will applicants pay for licensing and registration?
There are legally approved fees for GTLE, licensing and registration as well as renewal

After licensing what next?
Undergo CPD
Build portfolio
Adhere to prescribed Standards and professional ethics
Renew license

What is CPD?
It refers to the process by which teachers maintain and enhance their knowledge, skills and experiences as they work after any initial training.

What goes into CPD?
Mandatory programmes
These are essential trainings that every teacher is expected to attend through Professional Learning Community (PLC) programmes such as SBI, CBI, DBI
Rank based programmes (Community of Practice)
These are training programmes expected to be attended by teachers in specific ranks, classes, subjects or positions to deal with specific issues in relation to their assigned roles. (School Improvement Officers, Heads of Schools, HODs, Directors of Education, Subject Teachers etc)
Recommended programmes:
These are trainings which are recommended by NTC based on needs assessment
Portfolio building
It is a detailed record of training programmes and activities attended by a teacher within a specified period, that is, between the issuance of the license to its renewal

What are Professional Standards and Ethics?
They are set of guidelines and ethics that govern the conduct of all professional teachers.
The National Teachers’ Standards specifies competences required by individual teachers at the various levels.

So, to develop and exhibit required competences for their work, teachers are expected to undergo specified professional trainings at various levels as has been spelt out by the National Teachers’ Standards
These trainings include Mandatory ones, rank-based ones and Post Graduate Diploma in Education for teachers without an education certificate.

Would teacher licensing lead to job loss?
The licensing regime will not kick trained teachers out of service irrespective of their qualification.

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1st ACT-GH ZOOM MEETING WITH NTC BOSS

 

 ACT- Ghana invites you to it’s 1st ZOOM meeting use the link below to join the meeting on Sunday. Don’t missed it. members are encouraged to participate fully. https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7747951884?pwd=OHNjNDRvSlcybk85U1hiMjBxR25qZz09 Steps to follow download Zoom meeting app from your play store and install, sing up.

PROGRAM OUTLINE FOR 1ST ZOOM MEETING

1. Opening Prayer – by National Vice President Bro Francis
2. Introduction and purpose of the meeting – by National President Bro Dogodzi
3. Introduction of resource person – by National Coordinator Bro Baafi
4. Talk by resource person – Mr Christian Addai Poku
5. Question Time – by moderators
6. Summary of the proceedings – by National Coordinator Bro Baafi
7. Vote of thanks – by National Co-Opted member Sis Cynthia
8. Closing Prayer – by any member of the house
Moderators – – National Coordinator Bro Baafi and National Vice Secretary Sis Rita Ndonib

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A MAY DAY MESSAGE FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC TEACHERS (ACT) – GH DATED 1ST MAY, 2020


The National Executive Committee and the entire membership of the Association of Catholic Teachers congratulate all workers on this special day of labour.
It is rather unfortunate that we have to celebrate this year’s day of labour in such trying times of a global pandemic known as COVID-19.

Labour Day is annually celebrated worldwide on the 1st of May to honour the hard work of labour and appreciate the tremendous efforts of the various professions in the world of which teaching is critical and plays an integral part of as the producer of all other professions. The fact still remains that no nation can flourish or even sustain herself without productive effort of labour. In this regard, companies and institutions should ensure that beyond the maximum output expected within the eight hours of labour, employees should not discriminated on the basis of race, creed, gender, disability etc and should be paid competitive wages or salaries.
The Ghanaian economy and industrial progress cannot be achieved without labour as this is required to run factories, construct roads and other infrastructure as well as the drilling of oil and many more. In the midst of these, we entreat on all labour to continue to be resilient and firm in their strides for the better livelihood of mankind.
We cease the opportunity to say we are most grateful to you our brothers and sisters in the essential services, as you battle with this pandemic day in and day out, especially those directly involved in the treatment, care and management of COVID – 19 patients. As teachers, we are grateful for the interventions so far by various stakeholders in positively engaging our learners using various media in the meantime until we formally resume school. We encourage you to do more to support our students to learn as they continue to stay home.

To our parents, we are grateful. We also urge you to step up your game to encourage and monitor your wards to study assiduously as they stay home. You have all made sacrifices and exceeded the call of duty.

We will appeal to all stakeholders, both private and government, including everyone that we should join hands in eradicating evil from our society and support people with low strata in the community to enable them live a meaningful life. We further echo the call on government to take a critical look at the pre-tertiary education bill once more before assent is given. The bill in its current form we believe will disrupt the synergy between teachers and the Ghana Education Service, which will negatively impact the educational sector. More so, the function of regional managers of mission and special Unit Schools should clearly be stated in the bill. Again, under the technical and vocational educational section, school governing board should be created as it has been done for secondary schools. We request for broader consultations and deliberations with teacher unions, mission and other stakeholders, so that when the bill is passed it would be accepted by all the key players in education.

We commend the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference for your endless efforts to improve the standard of education in the country as we also throw our weights behind you.
We say, AYEKOO to all labour especially teachers for we believe that we live to teach for the sake of Christ.

We thank the most High God for his protection and guidance. We pray that an appropriate vaccine is found for this virus ravaging our world. We urge all and sundry to stay safe and observe all the protocols aimed at fighting the pandemic.

Long Live ACT!!!
Long Live the Catholic Church!!!
Long Live Ghana!!!

Thank you.

*Signed:*
EMMANUEL DOGODZI
(National President)
+233206362557

EMMANUEL GAZARI
(National Secretary)
+233247524707