The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko is mocking government’s attempt to reverse the falling standards in education. Results released by the West African Examination Council show that over half of the students who sat for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Exams failed and could not proceed to the Second Cycle Education.

It is reported to be the worst performance in 13 years.

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THINK OF the revolutions in the Middle East as Act 1 in a five-act play that may not conclude for a generation or more. Nearly a year since protests in Tunisia ignited a regional wave of reform and revolt, the euphoria and hope of last January has turned to frustration and cynicism as Egyptians battle their military government in Cairo and sectarian war in Syria intensifies.

The Arab world may be heading for an unpredictable and violent Act 2 in 2012.

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An Accra High Court (Cocoa Affairs, Court 11) presided over by His Lordship Patrick Baayeh has handed down a heavy judgement on the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) in a case in which three plaintiffs accused the NPAand TOR of inflating fuel prices and using the money for hidden purposes. more>>

The Constitution Review Commission (CRC) has recommended that the presidential and parliamentary elections be conducted in November in subsequent election years after 2012 to facilitate smooth transitional processes.

The commission further proposed the expunging of the indemnity clauses of the 1992 Constitution which provide coup makers immunity from prosecution.

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What has all this to do with Obama’s trip?
Negotiations are not held in a vacuum. A nation that sits around the table without prior knowledge and appreciation of its own strengths and weaknesses in its counterpart’s mind has provided gaping holes in its negotiation armoury and is bound to come out with a bad deal. A good deal depends on both an understanding of the cards in your hands and your opponent’s, and the skilful and strategic play of these cards. The first of these cards that the Ghanaian government must not fail to appreciate is the fact that Superpower America now sees West Africa as a zone of strategic importance – it’s no longer a question of just us needing them, but they now also need us.
Press Release: Bank of Ghana - Monetary Policy Committee
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Media, welcome to the press briefing of the 41st meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee.The Committee reviewed developments in the economy up to September as well as the domestic and external outlook. We reviewed global developments, domestic inflationary trends, the execution of the 2010 budget, growth prospects, business and consumer confidence, developments in the financial system and the external sector. more >>>
The promise to teachers, and soon to nurses, doctors and other civil servants of seeing a substantial increment in their take-home pay as promised by the Mills-Mahama led NDC administration seems to be little more than a pipedream. The Independence Day promise that ‘this Government will not shortchange teachers’ could be described as just another in the litany of broken promises. Documents and analysis made available to the New Statesman reveal that there is no extra money for the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure. In fact, the money made available to extend the SSSS to both education and health workers this year is nearly GH¢2 billion short. Thus to pretend to implement it and offer promises of allowances to keep aggrieved workers calm will only amount to shortchanging them.
Biometrics in Elections
This report is a result of a brief consultancy on behalf of IFES Georgia with financial support courtesy of USAID. The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author and should not be attributed to neither IFES nor USAID. The consultancy took place over four days in the period 25 to 28 January 2011 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Click here for full report
Written Address of Counsel for Petitioners
On the 7th and 8th days of December, 2012, Ghana held its presidential and parliamentary elections. The presidential election was contested by seven (7) candidates who were sponsored by political parties and one (1) other who contested as an independent candidate. The 1st petitioner was the candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). The elections were originally fixed for 7th December, 2012. Polls in certain polling stations were adjourned to 8th December, 2012, owing to the alleged failure of the biometric verification devices (BVD).
IMANI Alert: Is Ghana Amongst the Worst-Branded in Africa Now?
On June 9th this year, a certain Daniel Fisher, a Senior Editor at Forbes Magazine specialising in macroeconomic and legal issues, wrote an article in which he “showcased” Ghana as the 9th “worst-managed country” in the world. This is curious, seeing that in the preceding month Mr. Fisher had written at least 25 articles almost exclusively on the domestic economy of the US. Indeed his only two forays into the global arena concerned this rather peculiar ranking of the “10 worst-managed economies of the world”.
Ghana awaits fresh disbursement of IMF funds
Ghana is likely to clear the first review of its $918 million programme with the International Monetary Fund and secure a fresh disbursement of funds aimed at stabilising its economy.
Press Release: Govt Should Stop Creating ‘Propaganda Jobs’ and Focus on Real Job Creation
In his State of the Nation address this year, President John Mills admitted that his administration was yet to make any impact in the jobs market but expressed optimism. “As the measures we took to halt the decline in the economy last year such as lower interest rates and increased credit to the private sector begin to translate into a much more conducive employment generation environment, we expect a turnaround in the jobs market. Meanwhile I have directed all sectors to mainstream job-creation into their programmes and Ministers are required by the middle of the year to produce sector blueprints for the creation of jobs.” Yet, his Information Ministry has gone as far as to tell Ghanaians that the turn around in the jobs market has already begun in a big way even before the Government’s concerted policy on job creation has been formulated.
IMF Concludes Article IV Consultation Mission to Ghana
A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Christina Daseking, visited Accra during April 2-12, 2013, to conduct discussions for the 2013 Article IV consultations. The mission met with President Mahama, Vice-President Amissah-Arthur, Finance Minister Terkper, Bank of Ghana Governor Wampah, other senior officials, members of parliament, and representatives of the private sector, think tanks, trade unions, and civil society. At the end of the mission, Ms. Daseking issued the following statement: “Economic growth continued at a robust pace of 8 percent in 2012 amid rising fiscal and external imbalances. A growing public sector wage bill, costly energy subsidies, and higher interest cost, pushed the fiscal deficit to about 12 percent of GDP. The external current account deficit also widened to 12 percent of GDP, while unadjusted fuel and energy prices and a tightening of monetary policy helped keep inflation in single digits.
Speech on
Mr. Chairman, (Dr. Charles Mensa) thank you, it is a real honour to be given this opportunity to contribute to the William Ofori-Atta Centenary Celebration Lectures to honour a truly outstanding Christian Statesman and patriot – Paa Willie. A man described as the best president Ghana never had; a righteous man, my hero and my hope that through his legacy and inspiration we can as a people be committed to establishing a prosperous society in our generation, which he defined in his political party’s (United National Convention) one year anniversary message in January 1980 Read More