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The Ministry Of Education Has Signed A Performance Agreement With Agencies Under The Ministry

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The Ministry of Education on Tuesday signed Performance Agreements with Board Chairmen and Heads of Councils as well as Chief Executives from 16 agencies under the Ministry at the conference hall of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in Accra.
The institutions had previously selected and agreed on their Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and targets for 2019 geared towards the implementation of the education reforms outlined in the Education Strategic Plan (ESP 2018 – 2030) that has the objective of making Ghana “a learning nation.”

Minister of Education (Middle) delivering his speech.

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister for Education said in his remarks that this is the first time in the history of his Ministry that Heads of Agencies are being asked to sign Performance Agreements.

“You may recall that in November 2018, Cabinet approved the Education Strategic Plan (2018-2030) and with-it priority reforms including the following:
• Teacher Education Reform through “Transforming Teacher Education and Learning” – T-TEL.
• The Design of a new Pre-Tertiary education curriculum with Standards and Assessment frameworks
• Operationalization of Pre-Tertiary Teacher Professional and Management Development Framework including the licensing and registration of teachers and Continuous Professional Development for Teachers through NTC
• Introduction of a new school supervision and inspection system through NIB
• GES Institutional Reform
• Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Reform
• Tertiary Education Reform
• Education Decentralization
• Legal, Institutional and Regulatory Reforms
• ICT in Education Reforms among others

“The reform initiatives are aimed at addressing the current weaknesses in Ghana’s education sector, improving the legal, institutional, and regulatory framework for education service delivery, and providing clear performance standards to guide teaching, learning, assessment and grading of students”.

As part of the performance contract, quarterly and annual review meetings have been established. These are called “Accounting to the Minister Forum” during which there will be a thorough assessment of Key Performance Indicators, key milestones and targets.

The Minister again stated, “under this new initiative, Chief Executives and their Board and Council Chairs will be jointly held accountable for performance. “Best performing Chief Executives will be recognized appropriately and agencies that will be found lagging behind will be supported to improve on their performance. Appropriate sanctions will be applied to those who persistently fail to meet expected targets”.

He thanked the UK government for partnering with the Government of Ghana.
On behalf of the agencies, Prof Eric Magnus Wilmot, chair of the National Inspectorate Board, thanked the minister and stated: “These targets are not an imposition; we set these targets. Now we have a ministry that says I am willing to partner with you and support you. The Performance Agreements give us the chance to meet our minister often and discuss issues”.
Group Photograph of Heads of Agencies and Governing Boards & Councils with the Minister of Education after the Signing Ceremony

The agencies that signed the performance contracts are as follows:
National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), National Accreditation Board, National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NaCCA), and Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET). Others are National Teaching Council, National Inspectorate Board, Ghana Education Service (GES), Centre for Distance and Open Learning (CENDLOS), and National Service Scheme (NSS).
The rest are Student Loan Trust Fund, Ghana Library Authority, Ghana Book Development Council, and Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS).

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Ghanaians have misconceptions about Shatta wale-Sammy flex

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In a candid interview with Emcee Bebe on Ultimate 106.9FM’s “Entertainment Records” show on Saturday, February 10, 2024, Sammy Flex debunked common misconceptions about working with Shatta Wale. The headline reads, “Sammy Flex Reveals: Shatta Wale is not Difficult to Work With.”

During the interview, Sammy Flex addressed the prevalent belief that collaborating with Shatta Wale might be challenging. Contrary to these assumptions, he stated, “Shatta Wale is not difficult to work with, as many think.” Flex shed light on the collaborative dynamics, emphasizing the importance of understanding and aligning with Shatta Wale’s creative vision.

As the conversation unfolded, Sammy Flex shared his ambitious vision for the future, revealing, “My vision is to let Shatta Wale’s music reach every household in the world.” This statement underlined his dedication to expanding the global reach of Shatta Wale’s musical influence.

The revelation provides a new perspective on the working relationship with Shatta Wale, challenging preconceived notions. Sammy Flex’s commitment to bringing Shatta Wale’s music to a global audience signals a significant aspiration within the entertainment industry, capturing the attention of fans and industry insiders alike

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There’s no vocalist better than me in the history of Ghana music- Shasha Marley brags

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In an exclusive interview with Emcee Bebe on Ultimate 106.9FM’s Entertainment Records show on Saturday, February 10, 2024, reggae artist Shasha Marley boldly proclaimed himself as the all-time best vocalist in the history of Ghanaian music.

The statement came as he discussed the remarkable vocal quality showcased in his latest single, “Spintex Road Traffic Jam.”

During the interview, Shasha Marley expressed confidence in his vocal abilities, attributing his self-proclaimed title to years of dedication and musical craftsmanship.

Emphasizing the uniqueness of his voice, he stated that “Spintex Road Traffic Jam” serves as a testament to his unparalleled vocal prowess and versatility.

The artist’s claim has sparked discussions among music enthusiasts, with some supporting his assertion and others engaging in debates about the rich history of vocalists in Ghanaian music.

As the news of Shasha Marley’s bold declaration continues to circulate, fans eagerly anticipate the response from fellow artists and the broader music community.

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