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The Senior High School in Ghana duration debate - 3 or 4 years?

Posted by abocco on Wed, 02/03/2010 - 03:03 GhanaThink Managing Executive

Blog culled from Mighty African's blog

I am a very proud Odadee. My alma mater, Presec and its current and old students, have given me reason to. When I was in Ghana earlier in this year, I visited Presec to see what was new. A lot has changed since I left Presec more than 8 years ago. My favorite teacher, Mrs. Akyeampong has retired, there's been a new headmaster, the bursar who refused to give us funds to publish the school magazine embezzled money and got sacked, the buildings have been painted, we've won 4 National Science and Maths quizzes and the name has been changed from Presby Boys' Secondary School to Presby Boys' Senior High School. Presecans were going to stay in 'blue magic' for 4 years. But in the 'politics democrazy' country that is Ghana, anything can happen. Senior High School is now 3 years again and as a result, senior secondary or senior high school students will not write the WASSCE this year. Crazy eh? There's been a big debate about the number of years senior high school should be. Let's study some of the arguments for and against, debate style.


Letta to Osagyefo - September 21st gives birth again - this time to a renewed CPP

Posted by Nwia on Thu, 09/25/2008 - 07:33

Happy Belated Birthday Osagyefo,

Kwame, some people in this world are old, but as for you, you are grown. What! 99 years! I am struggling with my quarter-life crisis and am dreading the next few years; I can't even imagine a mid-life crisis. Happy belated again sir, and may you find rest and sleep at the same side of the bed you slept on September 20th. Do find that spot again because you smiled at your fans. You must have smiled when you read the news about the national launch of your rejuvenated party's campaign for this year's election. The CPP is back, new, vibrant and attractive.

Nkrumahists like us cherish your birthday like other holidays in the Ghanaian calendar. Were you called the African Showboy due to the flamboyant parties you threw for your birthday? Were you called the African Showboy because of how you lavished cedis (when they were as good as dollars) on your friends and sympathizers? September 21st is remembered as your birthday but the chapter has been re-written, the 2008 version will go down as the day Paa Kwesi Nduom's CPP launched its national campaign with a rally for the ages and introduced the running mate in the race for the FlagStaff house, the site of the new Presidential Palace. Actually, the Presidential Palace is on hold due to a myriad of problems, so let's call this election the race to be the first citizen of Ghana. Shall we?


Letta to Osagyefo - Using our hard earned tax payers' money

Posted by Nwia on Thu, 03/20/2008 - 11:05

Hello Osagyefo,

I hope you are doing great. I am in my last week in Sikakrom and I am wanting some more days to spend with my family. The thought of when I will see them again after I have returned to Yankee troubles me. A friend told me awhile ago that I have stayed in Ghana far too long so I should leave. The stuff I had in my polythene bag when I returned to Ogyakrom on Christmas Eve is finished. I didn't even pay taxes but the cost of living in Ghana is becoming unbearable for even the returnees. Imagine if I had to pay taxes!


Letta to Osagyefo - questions surrounding our true colours

Posted by Nwia on Mon, 02/25/2008 - 12:46

Hello Osagyefo,

It's been 2 weeks since the African Cup of Nations came to an end. Trust your people to be still talking about what went wrong, what could have been done better and which heads should roll for the failure to annex the trophy for the fifth time. Not many people are calling for the head of Prophet Hakeem though which is okay. What I find most interesting is the disappearance of the goodwill Ghana enjoyed amongst Ghanaians during the tournament. Kwame, we are not wearing the red, gold, green colours anymore. You could argue that our true colours are coming out. We are wearing AIG clad Manchester United jerseys and England national team 'shadas'. "Now I see your true colours shining". You know that Phil COllins' masterpiece is a treasured song in Ghana, or don't you?


Africa money - the absence and presence of money in our system

Posted by abocco on Thu, 01/31/2008 - 14:23 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins

Many government projects in Ghana are not done according to schedule due to the absence of funds. It's sad to read about infrastructural projects being launched and then the beneficiaries have to wait extra long to benefit. Is there really no money in the system? We pay lots of taxes but we don't see the taxes at work. We see them buying the four-wheel drives, building the nice homes and financing the trips abroad. This is our money, Africa's money and some people are spending it in ways that do not benefit Africa at large. But who will say it? You bet it would be Barima, formerly known as Sidney. The most controversial hiplife artiste is out again and out to criticize the Ogas and bosses chopping Africa money.


Letta to Osagyefo - Who are Ghana's servants and who are the people they are serving?

Posted by Nwia on Fri, 01/11/2008 - 14:56

Dear Osagyefo,

With most of the race tracks for Election 2008 filled and the absence of a defending champion, it's about time we talked about this important race. I am sure you are dying to know who is contesting and who the favorites are, but can we talk about the tatalalicious prize at stake? When you were running the race, were you focused on the fame or the fortune? Did you feel you were running the race for a group of people? What motivated you? As the race ensues, we shall find out more about our runners.

Osagyefo, how come you never ever really talk about your extended family? Who, what and where are your brothers and sisters? You know in this our country, we all claim many people as cousins, uncles and aunts and the system gives us support in times of need and a cheering squad in times of success. The only relatives we know of you are Fathia (may she rest in peace) and your children. Even them, we hear of them once in a blue moon and mostly, when you are in the news. Did you foresee that your family would be invisible in Ghana when you were gone? Would you marry an Egyptian again if you had the chance?


Human being - ensuring, maintaining and relocating to peace

Posted by abocco on Tue, 01/08/2008 - 13:07 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins

Home is where I find the most peace but all is not peaceful. News broadcasts in Ghana are as common as every top of the hour. I have known Ghanaian news broadcasts to provide good news; hospital building commissionings, speech and prize giving days, and price increases. Call it boring if yu may please but once in a while we have news to 'tickle' you. My friends in Bawku have some 'tickling' news to report, some of their friends have taken to the streets and have left in their wake some dead bodies. "If my brother dey struggle for Kenya, I be Kenyan oh" - Wanlov sang about it, but if my brother is suffering in Kenya, I feel the ripples, I feel the pain. It could happen in my backyard, Bawku is not exactly my backyard, but it is.


Buum buum waa waa - talking about issues, ideas and not people

Posted by abocco on Thu, 12/20/2007 - 22:36 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins
I have been thinking about the run-up to next year's election. Atta Mills already won the NDC candidacy. People are already saying buy Mills, get Rawlings free. Hmmm. What about their nemesis the NPP? If radio airplay is anything to go by, you have to go with Alan Cash, the man who has promised Ghanaians cash. Guess who is believed to have anointed him 'class prefect'? Yes, John Agyekum Kuffour. Up till today, Ghana politics is still about J A Kuffour and J J Rawlings. Don't let the lack of Boom speeches and Waa waa press conferences deceive you, advises the Ghanaian music monk aka Shasha Marley.


Letter to Osagyefo - the leader we need: who, what, how, and why

Posted by Nwia on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 11:37

Yo Osagyefo,
I know it's been a while since you heard from me. It's not me o, I have been busier than the busiest Chinese fast food joint in Osu. The times have not been good, I haven't been inspired to write to you and it's something I can't even explain. You know what else I can't explain, the fact that we have 17 candidates all vying for the opportunity to run for the president of Ghana through the New Patriotic Party. Osagyefo, you need a couple more hands to count 17, only one person shall win the slot, and 16 people would have gotten nought from a 250 million cedi investment. I know you'll be wondering how 17 different people in Ogyakrom could get 250 mill, but massa, these are the times.

You may also be wondering what happened to your brain child, the Convention People's Party. Kwame, why was Convention such a popular word in those days? What does it mean? Because these days when the regular golden boy or girl hears convention, the first thought that comes to mind is a Christian gathering with thousands of people receiving miracles from above. You could ask Efo Mawugbe and he'll tell you too, if the CPP of today wins the next Ghanaian election, that will be a miracle from above. Osagyefo, send down a miracle if you would.


J.J. RAWLINGS, ODARTEY-WILLINGTON AND THE ABRACADABRA

Posted by btawiah on Sat, 06/09/2007 - 08:09

Mr. Felix Odartey-Willington has collapsed into a relatively quieter existence in Toronto, Canada, where he is undertaking a joint PhD programme in media relations and communication studies. He had served his country briefly as a barrister and solicitor at law before going abroad. He had been a student leader at University of Ghana, but we remember him particularly for his last appearance on GTV, in which he was said to have described Mr. Rawlings as a ‘con man’. That pronouncement triggered an almost never-ending interrogation by the BNI.


Wafom - promises, politics, information and accountability

Posted by abocco on Tue, 05/29/2007 - 09:20 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins

You know I love Bernard Avle's CITI FM breakfast show. Guess what? It just won an award as the best talk show in the whole of Africa. So you've got to listen as often as I do, ;-) Anyway, Daasebre Dwamena was recently freed from prison and declared innocent in his London cocaine trial. A lot of people have welcomed this news and Daasebre arrived in Ghana to a hero's welcome. His latest hit, Wafom (you have wronged), has been played on CITI FM regularly and recently, Bernard passed a comment saying that the Electricity corporation of Ghana has wronged the Ghanaian populace for reneging on their promises to provide electricity to certain parts of the population as part of their load shedding exercise. They are not only ones failing to do deliver on their promises, politicians are equally at fault. Is there anything we can do as a populace to ensure better accountability? Are we too naive to get hooked onto promises?


Letter to Osagyefo - secrets, rumours, knowledge

Posted by Nwia on Wed, 05/23/2007 - 09:27

Yo Osagyefo,
The colours of the rainbow give me great pleasure to write to you this missive. Please don't think about the rainbow 'people' who are still walking around Ogyakrom in the name of human rights, if anything think about the rainbow nation, also known as South Africa, that allows Uncle Sam's people to enter their nation without visas while citizens of Ogyakrom have to get visas to enter a country its forefathers helped fight for. I want to think your latest reply has been held up by the postman for further scanning because you left a few new Ghana cedis in there. I will find ways and means to secure the new notes, so I will be expecting your next reply for shaizzay.


A letter to parliament - Reflecting on Ghana@50, government and the nation

Posted by abocco on Wed, 04/18/2007 - 06:05 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins

A lot of people have discussed Ghana's golden jubilee celebrations with the discussion centering on the cost and amount of money being spent, the present state of the nation, how our age-mates are more industrialized than we are, etc. I doubt our voices were heard by the people in power but I know one person whose voice has been heard loud and clear. When the said person receives "death threats", you know that is some serious business. Kwame Asare Obeng aka A-Plus is serious about his song as well and he calls it A Letter to Parliament. A-Plus has been singing and rapping about politics in Ghana for a number of years now, but what is different about this song?


Ako (war) - politics, verbal battles and heavy lyrics

Posted by abocco on Mon, 10/09/2006 - 02:21 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins

It's two years to Ghana's next presidential election, and the race to govern/lead Ghana is heating up. Candidates have started campaigning and others are rallying support. I watched 'Good Evening Ghana' with Paul Adom Otchere on Africast recently and he was interviewing Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, an aspiring presidential candidate who doubles as Korle Bu's CEO. One major issue raised in the interview was that the professor was too 'cool' and didn't want to get involved in the dirty aspect of politics - verbal assaults, character defamation, etc. The other candidates are already resorting to criticizing their opponents, but our favourite cardiothoracic surgeon is trying to stay away. It's a political battle and the language used is not pretty. Well, maybe one person can battle and use pretty language, and that is none other than my favourite musician, Obrafour.