Ace broadcaster, Oheneyere Gifty Anti has revealed she contemplated adopting a child when she got married in 2015.
‘For me what I intended doing was to adopt a child, I had given up on myself I didn’t think it will happen, I had tried before and it didn’t work, so it was well with my soul”.
The 47-year-old mother of one told Kafui Dey on GHOne TV that before she got married, she discussed with her husband Nana Ansah Kwao IV about childbearing and the possibility of not having one and he was fine with it.
“My husband and I had a long conversation about the possibility of pregnancy before we married and he was content with the fact that we may never have children. I guess it was not that difficult for him because he has other children as well”.
She added that it was a revival at Wisdom Hospital the very day the news of her pregnancy was broken to her. She recalled that she went to the hospital on the Christmas Eve, 24th December because she wasn’t feeling too well only to be told she was pregnant.
“I was told to do a urine and a blood test but before the blood test could come, the lab technician just came out singing, and said it is positive, in fact, the nurses and doctors didn’t allow me to enjoy the moment ” She stated.
Centralise Enrolment Of Mature Students – Govt To Unis.
Government has directed management of tertiary education in the country to centralize the enrolment of mature admissions into universities.
Government is unhappy with what it said is the poor standard used in the admission of such applicants which it claimed is negatively impacting quality of education in the Ghana.
Speaking to journalists at the 70th anniversary durbar and colloquium at the college of education at the University of Ghana, the Minister in Charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah said universities must tighten their admission processes.
“We have to find a way of tightening the concept of mature students. It now so loose [and] that some universities don’t appear to even check the ages of applicants,” he stated.
Applicants, he added only have to “not do that well” in exams and then wait for few years and apply to be mature students.
He continued that some of the universities he had been told “don’t have a passing mark,” pointing out “maybe it is high time we centralised the conduct of mature students exams just like WASCE so that we have the same standards.”
On his part, the Provost of the College of Education at the University of Ghana, Professor Michael Tagoe welcomed the government’s directive.
“As for the centralisation, I am all for it. There must be one system that can exam people just like WAEC…West African Examination Council organises exams for all those who want to take the WASCE and come to the University,” he stated.
Technical Advisors: Bridging Public And Private Gaps
Ghana’s recent macroeconomic gains are the results of both hard work and understanding of the importance of transferable lessons, especially from the Asian Miracle.
Drawing inspiration from the Asian model that produced the Asian Miracle, the macroeconomic gains registered by the Akufo-Addo government is the result of interactions between public and private triggered by a modern system.
The Asian Miracle highlights the quick transitioning of a set of countries from underdeveloped economies to developed ones. On the one hand, the success of what is known as the Asian model came on the back of hard work and discipline, a culture that sacrifices the present for future gains, according to former Singaporean Prime Minister, Lee Kwan Yew. And on the other hand, that success was supported by a system that ensured fruitful interactions between the public and corporate sectors.
Although Yew doubted the success of the Asian model outside the Asian region due that model’s endogenous character, economists agree that the model offers a set of systems that are flexible, modular and transferable. Yew’s generalisation failed to consider the composite transferable lessons embedded in the Asian (or the developmental state) model. This is especially because the Asian model, according to Ebohon, an economist, offers a tripodalgovernance structure.
Ebohon splits the developmental state’s governance structure into three estates: political leadership; techno-structure; and autonomous bureaucracy. So while Yew suggests that certain ‘driving forces’ that pushed the ‘Asian Miracle’ may be ‘absent’ in certain liberalising economies, the governance structure that underpins the developmental state (Asian) model makes it compatible with countries like Ghana, which shares similar characteristics with countries like Singapore and Malaysia. Our colonial trajectory and immediate post-colonial economies are two cases in point.
One of the characteristics of the Asian Miracle is the developmental state’s approach to regulating information asymmetry, where there is a dynamic and complementary relationship between the public and private sectors. Working together is a no-brainer, especially in situations where the success of industrial policies is dependent on how the public and private sectors interact. An example is the one-district-one-factory policy, which is embedded in the Ghana Beyond Aid vision.
To understand the Akufo-Addo administration’s creative approach to the developmental state’s tripodal governance structure calls for an understanding of the relationship between three estates:
1• The political estate (the president and ministerial body) provides the vision;
2• The bureaucratic estate (civil servants) embodies an autonomous bureaucracy that exhibits a highly selective meritocratic culture and long-term career possibilities to undermine self-interest;
3• Techno-structure (technical advisors) essentially comprises those who contribute specialised knowledge to both economic and production systems and also wield a controlling force over the corporate entity.
In order to prevent information asymmetries, in other words a bridging the gap between the private and public sectors, it is vital to create a dynamism where the two complement each other in a space that encourages the creation of endogenous and modern structures. It is a technical approach that undermines Lee Kwan Yu’s misgivings about the success of the Asian model in other regions.
An understanding of this system and how it works brings a fact to the fore: technical advisers don’t steal the jobs of bureaucrats, as the two are complementary.
Akufo-Addo’s tripodal approach has so far engendered positive results in an economy that was brought to it fiscal knees by the former government. Considering the macroeconomic gains made in the past 16 months alone, it is clear that a continued positive performance carried by the three estates promises to lead to the Ghanaian miracle.
By Prince Moses
Kanye West Suggests African-American Slavery Was ‘A Choice’
US rap artist Kanye West has said the historic enslavement of African Americans that took place over hundreds of years may have been a “choice”.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years … for 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he said during an appearance on entertainment site TMZ.
The star recently made headlines over his vocal support for President Trump.
Black people were forcibly brought from Africa to the US during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and sold as slaves.
West’s comments on Tuesday, in which he also said “right now we’re choosing to be enslaved”, provoked an angry response from a black member of staff at TMZ, Van Lathan.
Mr Lathan said the rapper’s comments appeared to be made with “the absence of thought”.
“You’re entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said,” he added as the star stood still stroking his chin.
“We have to deal with the marginalisation that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice,” Mr Lathan continued, adding: “I’m appalled, and brother I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something to me that isn’t real.”
In the TMZ footage, West refers to Mr Trump as “my boy” and says that the president is “one of rap’s favourite people”.
His comments sparked a backlash on social media with some Twitter users suggesting the rapper should revisit the history books.
It comes just days after West released a song defending his support for Mr Trump with lyrics insisting that the president is “fighting for the people”.
West has courted controversy with his support for Mr Trump and conservative commentators like Scott Adams and Candace Owens, who has spoken out against the Black Lives Matter movement.
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