Brong Ahafo voter registration exercise captures 131,247
The projected figure with reference point of 2008 limited voter registration was 184,509, Mr. Samuel Boadu, a Deputy Regional Director of the EC told the Ghana News Agency in an interview on Thursday, in Sunyani.
He said in comparison the figure in the recently ended exercise was about 28.8 percent less than the expected figure with respect to 2008.
Mr. Boadu explained that: “the shortfall could be that we are not in an election year, so the enthusiasm that will trigger people to go and register is not there.” “It could also be that the right number of people who turned 18 years and above went to register, he added.
The Deputy Director commented that the exercise went well and smooth because generally there was no shortage of registration materials.
He indicated they did not encounter any problems from the political parties and their agents whilst at the end of it also the office had received no complaint from any of the political parties.
GNAT appeals to politicians not play politics with education
Nana Kwaku Asante Nketia, Ghana National Association of Teachers(GNAT) Secretary for Brong–Ahafo Region, has appealed to politicians not to play politics with the educational policies and programmes of the country.
He said that was dangerous and could negatively affect quality education.
Mr Nketia was speaking at a meeting of GNAT members in the Nkoranza South District about the outcome of the association’s national delegates’ conference recently held in Accra.
Nana Nketia expressed concern about the constant interfere in educational reform programmes by politicians and said they should allow education experts to implement education these policies and programmes.
He cited the introduction of information, communication-technology (ICT) programme in the school curriculum and the lack of computers for practical work by pupils and students in many schools, especially those in the rural communities and said this was a set back.
Nana Nketia said the reversal of the Senior High School (SHS) course from four to three years was another challenge facing the implementation of the country’s educational programme.
He said GNAT had decided to formulate a youth policy with the objective of catering for the needs of younger teachers to make them proud as members belonging to the association.
Nana Nketia said GNAT had increased their retirement and death benefits of members from GH¢200.00 to GH¢500.00.
The Nkoranza District Director of Education Madam Philippa Banson, lauded teachers who had registered with GNAT for their loyalty to the association and urged them to maintain that spirit and faith for their own good.
She appealed to teachers to take advantage of the various educational and learning programmes and upgrade themselves to be able to face the challenges of the educational reform programmes.