Israel Opens Scholarships For A Unique M.A. Program In Child Development

The International School of the University of Haifa in Israel is accepting applications for scholarship for a one year Master’s Program in Child Development for developing countries in its Faculty of Social Sciences Center.

Haifa University is considered to have the best Social Science departments amongst universities in Israel.

The program is meant for students from different disciplines related to work with children: early childhood education, psychology, social work, nursing, law, speech pathology, physical therapy and OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY with experience working with children and families.

The International Master’s Program in Child Development was established with the goal of improving the lives of children at risk in developing countries around the world by training and promoting professional leadership that will advance various agendas to achieve this objective.

Thus, the program trains and prepares professionals to become leaders in enhancing the well-being and welfare of children and their families. The program was primarily created by the center's as part of an Israeli action to support the UN Millennium Development Goals, as well as UNICEF's declarations regarding approaching all the children in need, regardless of where they live – none should be left behind.

Students from Ghana had the highest representation in the first cohort of the program which started in October 2014. The Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Sharon Bar li said she was especially delighted to see such a great representation for Ghanaian students at the program as it strengthens the already existing MASHAV(Israeli Development Agency)-GES Early Childhood Education project, taking place in Kumasi, Accra and Tamale in recent .

Nana Esi Gaisie, one of Ghanaian students currently pursuing the course mentioned “I like the inter-disciplinary structure of the program which is in tandem with WHO's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health… Studying and working together with different professionals… has made me understand better how our roles in society are inter-twined and this must not be glossed over in the interest of any child."

Issah Aduna, another Ghanaian student is of the opinion "the MA in child development is academically a unique with an interdisciplinary outlook, designed systematically to enrich students with empirical base evidence interventional knowledge and skills as tools for children at risk. It gives me a new look to see and answer the What Why and How about the child."

The next cohort which also offers full scholarship for students will start in October 2015. Application for the program is opened to persons with an accredited B.A. in relevant academic disciplines related to public services for children with at least three years of working experience. Applicants must register through the Haifa University International School - http://


‘Dumsor’ Will Affect Our Performance; 2015 WASSCE Candidates Lament

Candidates sitting for the 2015 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in the Ashanti region have begun casting doubts over their performance with some planning to register for the private WASSCE as an alternative.

Most of the candidates are unhappy because their preparation towards the examination was inadequate due to the current erratic power supply.

A total of 268771 candidates are sitting for the 2015 WASSCE across Senior High Schools in the country.

The Ashanti region has the highest number with 62,472 candidates as against the Upper region which is the lowest with 7060 candidates sitting for the exams.

The examinations which will last for one month come at a time when the country is confronted with incessant erratic power supply now referred to as ‘Dumsor’.

A visit to schools such as the Kumasi Girls, Adventist, Asanteman and the Islamic Senior High Schools all in the Ashanti region revealed that most of the candidates were present and a few number of them absent.



New Scanners Introduced To Curb Examination Malpractices

The Ministry of Education says, the minimal examination malpractices recorded so far in this year's WASSEC is due to mechanisms put in place by the Ministry.

The Public Relations Officer of the Education Ministry, Paul Krampa told GBC’s Radio Ghana, that the introduction of scanners to detect gadgets such as mobile phones that may be smuggled in by candidates, has gone a long way to help minimize the carrying of foreign materials into the examination hall as well as other malpractices.

Source: GBC

268,771 final-year students to write WASSCE

A total of 268,771 final-year senior high school (SHS) student candidates will write this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) from Monday next week.
The figure represents an increase of 20,603 candidates over the 2014 figure of 242,162 candidates.

The candidates writing the 2015 WASSCE are from 868 public and private second cycle schools. They will be writing the examination at 866 centres.

Statistics of the 2015 WASSCE made available to the Daily Graphic indicates that 139,843 males will sit the examination as against 128,928 females.

Ashanti Region has the highest number of candidates of 62,472, comprising 31,701 males and 30,771 females.
Following the Ashanti Region is the Eastern Region with 39,821 candidates, made up of 19,814 males and 20,007 females.

The Central Region has the third largest number of candidates of 28,312, with 14,530 males and 13,782 females.

Closely following that region is the Greater Accra Region with 28,000 candidates (13,884 males and 14,116 females).
Brong Ahafo Region has 26,675 candidates (14,055 males and 12,620 females).

Volta Region has 22,980 candidates made up of 12,505 males and 10,475 females.

A total of 23,324 candidates, 14,053 males and 9,271 females, are writing in the Northern Region.

The Upper East Region has 11,572 candidates; 6,101 males and 5,471 females.

The region with the least number of candidates is the Upper West Region with 3,999 males and 3,061 females.
The WASSCE will be written in Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.

Last year, candidates from Liberia and Sierra Leone did not take part in the examination because of the ebola disease.
The examinations begin with Integrated Science on Monday, March 30, 2015.

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) had to revise the timetable of the examination because of the elections in Nigeria.


Source: Graphic Online

GES Orders Schools To Charge Second Term Fees Only

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has directed heads of second cycle institutions to ensure that final year students pay only the second term school fees now.

The final year students are to be allowed to attend classes unimpeded and without harassment from the school authorities.

“Heads of Senior High Schools should note this directive and comply accordingly,” a statement signed by the acting Director-General of the GES, Mr Jacob A.M. Kor, stated, urging metropolitan, municipal, district and regional directors to ensure strict compliance with the directive.

The directive followed reports that some headmasters of senior high schools are demanding that final year students pay both the second and third term fees together before the end of the second term.

The statement said the attention of the management of the GES had been drawn to a notice issued by some heads of SHSs to parents and guardians of final year students to pay both the second and third term fees at a go before their wards and children could write the 2015 West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

“The Ghana Education Service reminds all heads of senior high schools that under no circumstance should parents or guardians of final year students be made to pay consolidated school fees comprising both second and third term fees for the 2014/2015 academic year. “This practice is against the guidelines for the payment of fees which states that parents are to pay term fees only,” the statement said.

It, however, reminded parents, guardians and students that “school fees must be settled before the end of each school term. In the case of final year students, their fees must be paid in full before they finish the 2015 West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations.

Source: Daily Graphic