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The double-track system came to manage students’ enrolments competing for space, logistics and basic needs within the learning environment. It has worked to some extent but needs critical evaluation to synthesise the challenges and recommend possible solutions for its progress.

Need for overhaul of Ghana’s Educational System

Written By Rev. Fr Jonas Richmond Atarah - The Ghana Education Service and the Conference of Heads of Assisted Senior High Schools (CHASS) but for the untimely postponement of the re-opening date for third-year senior high students that caused inconveniences to parents and their wards must be commended. Meanwhile, it has opened the eyes of stakeholders of education to readily and seriously get involved in making recommendations for greater outcomes of the free senior high education policy. Government must be commended for holding the fort of free senior high school education uninterrupted for more than three years. Past governments were seriously challenged in releasing feeding grants meant only for northern schools to meet their re- opening dates.

Certainly, it is becoming clear that activities of illegal small-scale miners are threatening the survival of our dear nation which depends largely on cocoa exports apart from gold and other minerals to provide basic infrastructural development in the country.

The impact of threats to ban importation of cocoa from Ghana by EU

Written By By Charles Neequaye - The European Union (EU) has threatened to ban the importation of cocoa from Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire due to massive illegal small-scale mining activities in cocoa-growing areas within the two countries. The threat from the EU was conveyed by the Deputy Chief Executive of the Ghana Cocoa Board in charge of Agronomy and Quality Control, Dr Samuel Agyeman Dwomoh, to participants at the recent National Consultative Dialogue on Illegal Mining in Accra. He told the meeting that, Ghana currently exports about 80 percent of cocoa to the EU market, and the ban if implemented, would not auger well for the country’s cocoa industry. Those illegal mining activities, he said, were eroding the gains made by COCOBOD and called on the participants to help address the phenomenon as far as the extension of galamsey into the country’s forest areas was concerned.

In her ruling, the court presided over by Christiana Cann, took into consideration the aggravating facts, intrinsic seriousness of the offence, gravity, prevalence and premeditation with which the accused person committed the offence levelled against her.

Rosemond Alade Brown

Written By Charles Neequaye - Ghanaian actress, Rosemond Alade Brown, popularly known as Akuapem Poloo, was recently sentenced to 90 days in prison by an Accra Circuit Court for the publication of her nude picture with her seven-year-old son in June 2020.

As a result of all these negative tendencies, emphasis is placed on the use of negative spiritual and magical means of making money within a short time. What has become known as deceitful ways of making money, known as ‘sakawa’, ‘Sika gari’ and spiritual money has become the order of the day.

The need to restore value systems in Ghana

Countries build nationhood which ensures that each community is glued together to bring about unity, progress and development. Progress and development come about as a result of the value systems that are upheld strictly by the inhabitants in that society. What this means is that nationhood does not come by chance but depends on the collective effort of everyone. The value systems refer to the beliefs and practices of a people. Examples are honesty, diligence, hard work, support for each other, and truthfulness among others. It is these value systems that encourage people in different parts of the country to live together as one people, respecting each other and working hard towards the upliftment of society.

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