Religious coercion will not be tolerated in schools- Education Minister

Education Minister Prof Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang has given a clear indication that she will not tolerate any acts of religious coercion in the educational institutions.

Speaking on Joy FM's Super Morning Show Monday, the Minister said the school is a place to build tolerance as well as respect for diversity and any attempt to subvert such values will be dealt with severely.

Her comments follow reports that some students in the second cycle institutions, especially Moslems, are forced by heads of institutions, mostly Christian ones, to attend church services, against their will and their religion.

Only recently, Moslem ladies were also asked to remove their hijabs before they would be allowed to take passport pictures for their examinations.

The Muslim community perceives these orders as an affront to their religion.

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First Private BECE Underway ; 1,181 Candidates Write At 11 Centres

The first-ever private Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) took off at 11 examination centres throughout the country yesterday.

An estimated 1,181 candidates are expected to write the examination, which ends on Friday, February 20, 2015.

One thousand and fifty-seven candidates were expected to write the English Language paper yesterday, while 1,136 candidates are expected to write the Mathematics paper tomorrow.

Asare Menako Hall
When the Daily Graphic visited the Asare Menako Conference Hall in the Greater Accra Region at 10 a.m. yesterday, it learnt that 134 out of the 148 candidates who were expected to write the English paper there had turned up.

The hall, which is the venue for candidates writing the private BECE in the Greater Accra Region, had one supervisor and five invigilators.

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OECTA Donates to ECD Centres

Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) in collaboration with the Canadian Teachers Federation (CTF) on Tuesday presented teaching and learning materials to Amuman M/A Basic School in the Ga south district of the Greater Accra region.

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GNAT protests against sacking of pupil teachers

The Ahafo Ano North Chapter of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has condemned the termination of the appointments of over 250 pupil teachers in the district.

The District GNAT Secretary, Mr. Ishaq Saani, explained at a press briefing that most of these affected pupil teachers are already pursuing various programmes at the universities at various levels to upgrade themselves, and see the treatment being meted out to them as unfair, especially, when some are about to retire.

The GNAT scribe said for people who sacrificed to serve the nation, at a time when trained teachers were reluctant to serve in the deprived areas, to be rewarded this way is unfortunate.

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