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The Ghana Education Service (GES) has been burdened with requests by some teachers, asking for changes in their dates of birth.

More than 800 staff has so far applied to the GES management to have their dates changes, since last year.

While some wanted their dates adjusted upward, others have petitioned the GES to reduce theirs for reasons yet to be known by the service.

In an interview with The Ghanaian Times, yesterday, the Director General of GES, Jacob A.M. Kor, said his outfit was investigating various requests submitted to management before it took concrete decisions on them.

As a result he said, the GES has put on hold requester for any such changes, as part of efforts to manage the increasing number of the requests.

In a statement signed and issued last week, Mr. Kor, this has "led to various movements from their stations to the district and regional education offices as well as the GES headquarters.

Mr. Kor said, currently, "management had received and worked on more than 800 applications on change of date of birth alone, and this constituted a waste of quality time of management as it involved a great date of scrutiny and referrals."

He indicated: :Hence, management has decided that, every member of staff of the GES should adhere to strictly to the guidelines as regards the correction o f ate of birth stipulated for implementation by the GES council."

Mr. Kor stressed that "with immediate effect correction of date of birth for GES staff has been suspended in the district, region and headquarters till further notice."

He urged regional, metropolitan, municipal and district directors of education to ensure strict adherence to the directive.

Mr. Kor, however, intimated to The Ghanaian Times that the rise in the number of teachers asking for changes in their dates of birth could be as a result of error in biometric data collection exercise by the service, to collate date on staff.

He said there was a high possibility that staff wrongly inputted their information when the team gathered the data.


Source: Ghanaian Times

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A student of St James Seminary in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana Master Puis Kyere has emerged the overall best student in West Africa by the West African Examination Council (WAEC). Master Kyere is the fifth successive Ghanaian student to win the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) awards. He came tops in the 2016 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates and was presented with his prize at the annual WAEC Excellence Awards at the Sakyi Asare Menako Hall in Accra Wednesday.

He was honoured along with two senior high school (SHS) graduates — Master Benjamin Bortey Sango, formerly of Accra Academy, and Master Richmond Kwame Mensah, formerly of the St James Seminary, Sunyani — who were adjudged the third best in West Africa and Ghana respectively. All the three awardees, who are pursuing courses in the various tertiary institutions, were presented with cash prizes, plaques and certificates.

The WASSCE is written by students from Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, The Gambia and Sierra Leone. Last year, Ghana swept all the three topmost prizes at the WAEC Excellence Awards, with all the three awardees being former students of the Wesley Girls’ High School, Cape Coast. Apart from citations and plaques for their schools, the awardees had cash prizes of $600, $500 and $400, respectively.



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Adisadel College in the Central Region will from the start of the 2017/2018 academic year, reduce its intake of new admissions by 50 percent. According to a report, the headmaster of the school William Kusi Yeboah stated that the policy was initially implemented during the 2016/2017 academic year.

Adisadel College won the 2016 National Science and Math Quiz. While speaking at the school's speech and prize giving day, Mr Yeboah said the directive was approved by the school's board due to inadequate accommodation facilities and the dissolution of one of the houses of the school, New House One. According to Mr Kusi Yeboah, the school will continue to reject students until a solution to the infrastructure problems facing the school are addressed. He added that the stakeholders of the school agreed the directive is necessary to maintain the school's standard of quality education it has been noted for over the years.