Approach BECE with confidence – Tema Education Director

Mrs. Bernice Ofori, the Tema Metropolitan Director of Education, has urged the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates in the metropolis to approach the exams with confidence.

The 2024 BECE would commence nationwide on Monday, July 8, 2024, and will run for a week.

‘Approach the BECE with confidence, knowing that you have the knowledge and skills to excel,’ she said in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA).

She encouraged them to trust in the preparation they had done and not be afraid to tackle even the most challenging questions.

She expressed confidence in the candidates, stating that she was truly impressed by their dedication and commitment throughout the year, ‘and I have no doubt that you are more than ready to showcase your knowledge and abilities.’

Meanwhile, a total of 3,751 candidates, made up of 1,770 males and 1,981 females, would sit for the BECE in the Tema metropolis.

A total of eleven centres, 131 invigilators, eleven supervisors, and 14 assistant supervisors w
ould be used for the conduct of the exams.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ellembelle MP presents 2,500 mathematical sets to BECE candidates

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ellembelle, Mr Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, has supplied 2,500 pieces of Mathematical sets to this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates in his constituency.

The donation formed part of measures to equip the candidates with Teaching and Learning Resources (TLRs) and to motivate and encourage them to successfully write their final examinations.

This year’s BECE is expected to commence from Monday July 08 to Friday, July 12 across the country.

Speaking to the media after the presentation, the Ellembelle NDC Communications Officer, Mr Kwesi Hanson on behalf of Mr Buah, said the gesture had been an annual activity by the MP to schools and candidates in the district.

He said the MP’s vision was to support children to become responsible in his constituency and Ghana at large.

‘In fact, our MP, Hon. Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah loves education, that is why every year, he gives mathematical sets to all BECE candidates in addition to organising mock examinatio
ns to prepare the candidates.

‘His contribution to the promotion of education in the area and students’ welfare is very commendable,’ he added.

Mr Hanson said that the MP would continue to support education in the area.

He called on the BECE candidates to take their examinations seriously in order to come out with flying colours.

He reiterated that the next NDC government would review the current free SHS to make it better for all Ghanaians.

He took the opportunity to appeal to the good people of Ellembelle to rally behind Mr Buah and retain him as the MP come December 7.

Mr. Wilfred Adodoadji, Ellembelle District Director of Education, thanked the MP for the kind gesture and promised to distribute the mathematical sets to all the BECE candidates ahead of the first paper on Monday July 8, 2024.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Eschew exams malpractice – Ashaiman BECE candidates advised

Mr Clifford Henaku Budu, the Ashaiman Municipal Education Director, has advised Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates to eschew engaging in malpractices during the upcoming exams.

The 2024 BECE would commence nationwide on Monday, July 8, and end on July 12, with the English language being the first paper to be written.

Mr Budu, speaking with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said cheating in exams and engaging in malpractices did not auger well for the nation; therefore, it must be discouraged.

‘I want to remind the candidate that it does not auger well for our nation if our young children at the first level of their education are exposed to malpractice and vices,’ he said.

He urged every adult who had something to do with the exams to ensure that they upheld the integrity of virtue and inculcate it in the children by preventing the candidates from engaging in any form of malpractice during the BECE.

He said they had worked hard to prepare the over 2,560 candidates registered to take the
exams in the municipality, expressing the belief that they would excel with integrity.

‘We are working very hard and asking the children to work very hard too, and with the good virtues that we are trying to inculcate in them, pretty soon, everywhere you go, you will hear Ashaiman’s name for good,’ she stated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Rural Street Team organises guidance and counselling to BECE candidate

Rural Street Team (RST), a non-profit organisation, in collaboration with ‘Ogyedom’ Foundation and the Ghana Education Service has organised career and guidance sensitisation workshop for Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese District of the Central Region.

More than four schools took part in the programme on the theme; ‘My Education, My Future’.

Mr John Kwesi Appiah, Chairman of RST, addressing the students said BECE was the crossing bridge for Junior High School (JHS) students to climb up the educational ladder with informed choices of courses to pursue the right career.

He cautioned the students against selecting a life career outside their passion as they could only put out their best in their fields of endeavour.

Mr Appiah urged parents to make time for their wards and take efforts to study and understand their weaknesses and capabilities in order to guide them with the selection of courses to be undertaken in Senior High School (SHS).

Also, he admon
ished the candidates to put into consideration their needs in making career choices, taking into consideration the knowledge in technology, which was now dictating the pace of employment.

Mr Appiah, however, pointed out that helping students to understand what was ahead of them after BECE was important in preparing them for the future and urged all schools to organise such sessions to help the candidates make the right choices.

On the examinations, he advised students not to be intimidated by the presence of security officers at the centre, rather stay focused and write the exams papers with confidence.

On his part, Nana Amoah Bekoe Anan XI, Odikro of Odompo, urged parents to provide for the basic needs of their wards in order for them to stay focused and deliver.

He told the candidates to stick to their books for a better tomorrow.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ministry of Health presents pickups to Ghana Health Service

Dr Bernard Okoe Boye, Minister of Health, Friday presented 40 pick-up vehicles to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to aid the Service’s healthcare delivery in the country.

Dr Okoe Boye, presenting the vehicles in Accra, noted that, the GHS formed the principal agent in provision of healthcare to the public and as such, it was essential to adequately resource it to boost its operations.

He said: ‘We have hospitals, health centres, CHPS compounds across the country that have to move on our highways to get medicines, we have occasions where doctors must be picked from the districts or from hospitals to the districts to do outreach, we have district directors at distant places who need to move to remote areas to ensure that vaccines for kids are delivered and the delivery is also monitored.

‘So, I am happy to present, on behalf of Akufo-Addo’s Government and the Ministry, these 40 plus pickups to the Ghana Health Service to advance the cause of healthcare delivery in the country.’

Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Direc
tor-General, GHS, receiving the vehicles on behalf of the Service, expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Health, describing the presentation as a ‘timely intervention’.

He said the vehicles would go a long way in facilitating the movement of the staff, provision of information, outreach programmes, and delivery of services especially in the remotest parts of the country.

Dr Kuma-Aboagye said the vehicles would undergo regular maintenance, and also, each vehicle would have a tracking device to know their whereabouts at all times and to prevent abuse.

Source: Ghana News Agency

More than 260 health commodity containers cleared from port -Dr Okoe Boye

Dr Bernard Okoe Boye, Minister of Health, Friday said more than 260 containers of essential medicines, including tuberculosis and malaria medicines, as well as mosquito nets, have been cleared from the port.

He said, however, there were still more mosquito nets locked up, adding that, those ones would also be cleared.

‘We have more than 260 containers that have been cleared from the port. So all the TB medicines are out, all the malaria medicines are out. But it appears that we have so much of nets that after clearing all the goods we’ve just been informed at the Ministry that new discoveries have been made of more mosquito nets,’ he said.

Dr Okoe Boye made this known in Accra when the Ministry of Health presented 40 vehicles to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to boost the Service’s healthcare delivery in the country.

There have been weeks of agitations for locked-up health commodities at the port to be cleared, with several stakeholders calling on the Health Ministry to take action.

Dr Okoe Boye said the
Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) had put in the systems to gazette the remaining items and to get those ones too, out of the port.

He emphasised that the processes between the Ministry and the GRA had been ‘streamlined so that in the future we will not have this occurring again’.

He commended the media for the advocacy role they played to get the locked-up containers cleared.

‘I would like to thank you for your vigilance and to also assure you that we are committed to our words, we are committed to our assurances and we are committed to service delivery,’ Dr Okoe Boye said.

Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director-General, GHS, said the Service had received the cleared medicines, noting that, they had started distribution and would ensure that all regions where there were shortages had their supplies.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Let’s collaborate to eliminate malaria

Dr Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe, Director of Public Health, Ghana Health Service, (GHS) says collaboration of stakeholders is the ‘tool’ to eliminate malaria in the country.

‘We can leverage each other’s strengths and overcome challenges to deliver impactful and sustainable healthcare solutions by working together,’ he said.

Dr Asiedu-Bekoe said this at the inauguration of the Task Force for Strengthening Civil Society Organisation (CSO)/ Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Capacity in Malaria Elimination in Ghana by the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) and Hope for Future Generations (HFFG), on Friday, July 5, 2023 in Accra.

The taskforce is expected to, among others, strengthen partnership between NMEP and CSOs to enhance coordination in malaria elimination efforts, increase involvement of CSOs in the development and execution of national strategic plans for malaria elimination.

Dr Adiedu-Bekoe said the GHS recognised the critical role that CSOs and NGOs played in achieving public health goals, ad
ding that through the NMEP, many NGOs had been engaged to support community-level sensitisation activities to increase awareness, improve knowledge, and change behaviour to increase the uptake of interventions.

He said about 50 NGOs were working in specified districts in collaboration with the District Health Management teams to undertake that task.

The Director said the inauguration of the task force came at a critical juncture since the country had recently launched its ambitious Elimination Strategic Plan, outlining a roadmap for achieving a malaria-free nation.

He said the task force represented a significant step forward and urged them to strengthen community engagement and education, connect with communities, raise awareness and promote behaviour change critical for malaria prevention.

‘Your voices can influence policy decisions and secure the resources needed to implement effective malaria elimination strategies… We will look to you to complement government efforts, the GHS cannot achieve its goals
alone,’ the Director said.

Dr Asiedu-Bekoe encouraged the task force to develop innovative initiatives to build a stronger force of CSOs and NGOs that addressed the challenges of malaria in the communities and the nation in the phase of limited resource.

He said the country had recorded incredible progress in improving malaria in saving lives and reducing the burden of malaria.

The Director said malaria testing rate had improved from 38 per cent in 2012 to 98 per cent in 2023, malaria prevalence decreased from 27.5 per cent in 2011 to 8.6 per cent in 2022.

He said deaths due to malaria had drastically reduced from 2,799 in 2012 to 146 in 2023.

‘This consistent reduction in morbidity and mortality assures us of the effectiveness of our interventions and the hope of elimination with improved and sustained efforts.’

Dr Keziah Malm, Programme Manager, NMEP, said it was important that identified groups of CSOs and NGOs well informed and knowledgeable about the issues of malaria were tasked to be their mouthp
iece regarding malaria issues.

‘When the goods were stuck at the port, we did not get any NGO/CSO group from the malaria end speaking for us,’ she lamented.

Dr Malm urged the taskforce to be focused and ensure that the desired aim of the Programme was achieved.

Madam Cecilia Senoo, Executive Director, HFFG, said in the Sub-Saharan region, malaria killed many people especially women and children under five years.

She said there was the need for increased support to eliminate malaria to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

‘If we have a malaria free nation, we will all sleep without any problem and our children will not be dying,’ Madam Senoo added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

EU commits pound 32 million to enhance Ghana’s pharmaceutical and vaccine production

The European Union (EU) has launched a pound 32 million Special Measure on Manufacturing and Access to Vaccines, Medicines, and Health Technologies in Africa (MAV+) to support vaccine manufacturing in Ghana.

The investment, launched during the Ghana-EU Business Forum, aims to strengthen Ghana’s healthcare sector and increase access to quality health products.

Madam Myriam Ferran, the Deputy Director General, Directorate General of the European Commission, said the European Union was committed to supporting Ghana’s development goals.

She said the investment in vaccine manufacturing and pharma was a testament to the partnership, noting that the programme would not only enhance Ghana’s healthcare sector but also contribute to the growth of the country’s economy.

Through this initiative, the EU will support Ghana in establishing a thriving ecosystem able to produce the needed skilled workforce, strengthen research and development capacities, establish the necessary regulatory system (continuing to support the
Food and Drugs Authority), facilitate technology transfer, and build bilateral and multilateral partnerships for vaccine and pharmaceutical production.

The EU’s support for local vaccine manufacturing in Ghana through MAV+ comes on top of the planned joint programming for 2021-2027, which showed the EU’s ability to adapt to rapidly emerging needs and trends and its strong commitment to support and respond to the high political priorities of the Government of Ghana.

According to the Brookings Institute, during the COVID-19 pandemic, wealthy countries, including countries in the EU, led the way in rapidly developing and producing vaccines.

The Brookings Institute said developing countries were not able to deliver even one dose to most of their populations.

Africa, in particular, was struggling with limited access to COVID-19 vaccines, and as of August 31, African countries had administered 94 million doses to the continent’s population of nearly 1.4 billion, with a total supply of 134.5 million, the institu
te noted.

By contrast, the United States of America, with a population of 332 million, had administered over 375 million vaccine doses.

These inadequacies in developing countries, particularly Africa, reveal the prevailing challenge of vaccine dependency and the inability to produce vaccines.

Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Presidential Advisor on Health, said the government was working together with the EU to bring into fruition the president’s vision to make Ghana a regional vaccine manufacturing hub.

Since 2022, the EU had already started delivering on its promises, giving support to vaccine manufacturing both at the private and public levels in Ghana.

Together with the German Development Cooperation, the EU launched a pound 3.1 million project aimed at enhancing the capacity of Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority.

This is a crucial initiative to ensure that vaccines made in the country fulfil the quality standards necessary to gain access to regional and global markets.

Source: Ghana News Agency