Speaking in an interview on Accra based Citi FM, the Public Relations Officer of the Education Ministry, Kwasi Kwarteng said the double-track system will not be introduced this year as adequate preparations have been put in place to welcome the first year students.
“That whole idea about dividing students into two where within a particular year group, we have one group go to school and after some weeks or months, they vacate and the other one comes to school, this time around we are not going to see that arrangement again. There has been significant improvement in terms of infrastructure,” he said.
According to him, the limited infrastructure situation that prompted the double-track has been improved.
He said the GETFund had ensured the completion of about 1,400 infrastructure that had made it possible for the government for the double-track system to be suspended.
“In 2017, GETFund did an infrastructure review and realized that over 3,700 projects had been abandoned. Just after last year, over 1,400 of these projects has been done so clearly the result of this is accommodation to a large extent, so that brings a significant improvement in the accommodation situation we’ve been talking about.”
“Even though some first years are joining, our resolutions centres will still be there to help students who may have issues with their placements and will require assistance,” he noted.
The double-track system was introduced in 2018 to reduce congestion in schools and create room to accommodate the projected increase in enrolment of Junior High School students into Senior High Schools.
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Today Marks 50 Years Since Dr Kwame Nkrumah Died
It has been 50 years since Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, passed away.
Kwame Nkrumah died on April 27, 1972, while battling cancer. Dr Nkrumah was 62 years old when he passed away.
His last breath was not in the country he fought to help attain independence from British colonial rule. Kwame Nkrumah died in Bucharest, Romania.
Dr Nkrumah was overthrown by a coup led by Col. Emmanuel Kwasi Kotoka on February 24, 1966. He was out of the country when his administration was sent to oblivion.
Since the coup, he had been living in Guinea. Dr Kwame Nkrumah was also the country’s first Prime Minister.
Kwame Nkrumah was part of the founding fathers of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), popularly known as the “Big Six.”
The other members of the Big Six are Ebenezer Ako-Adjei, Edward Akufo-Addo, Joseph Boakye Danquah, Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey and William Ofori-Atta.
Today being a golden jubilee since his death, social media users have lauded Nkrumah for his remarkable achievements.
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Here Is A Full Guide On How To Apply & Renew Passport Online In Ghana 2022
Here is a full guide on How To Apply for & Renew Passport Online in Ghana in 2022 for persons who would like to apply or renew their passport.
What is a Passport?
A passport is an official document provided by a government that certifies the holder’s identity and citizenship while also allowing them to travel to and from foreign nations under its protection.
It is nearly hard to travel between countries and/or jurisdictions without a passport.
About the Online Passport Application System in Ghana
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ghana introduced the online passport application service in 2017 for Ghanaians to make the application process easier while assuring optimum security for applicants.
This process has now become one of the ways to apply for a Ghanaian passport in the country.
Documents Needed on How To Apply & Renew Passport Online in Ghana 2022
Here are the documents applicants are required to have in order to successfully apply or renew a passport in Ghana.
For New/Fresh Applicants
- Birth Certificate
- A Valid ID Card Such as such as Driver’s Licence, Ghana Card, etc.
- Proof of Profession
- If the applicant is actively employed, a work ID card with the applicant’s name, organization’s name, and position is required.
- If the candidate is currently enrolled in school, they must provide a student ID.
- Self-employed and registered business owners must present their business registration certificate as proof.
- Unemployed candidates and those in the non-formal sector of employment, such as mechanics, hairdressers, etc do not require proof.
For Renewing Applicants
- First page and bio-data page with picture and information page
- Valid Visa if applicant has any in Old Passport
- Last page
- Proof of Profession if changed
Types of Passport Applications in Ghana 2022
There are two different kinds of applications.
- Standard Application: This type takes more time to process.
- Expedited Application (Express): This takes less time to process.
There are 32 or 48 booklet pages in each of these applications.
Price/Fee for Passport Application Processing 2022
|1||Expedited Application 48 Pages||GHS 200.00|
|2||Expedited Application 32 Pages||GHS 150.00|
|3||Standard Application 32 Pages||GHS 100.00|
|4||Standard Application 48 Pages||GHS 150.00|
Payment Channels for Processing Fees
|1||Ecobank Ghana||VISA & MasterCard, MTN Mobile Money, Vodafone Cash.|
|2||GCB Bank||Vodafone Cash.|
|4||Zenith Bank Ghana||MTN Mobile Money, Vodafone Cash, VISA & MasterCard.|
How To Apply & Renew Passport Online in Ghana 2022
Kindly follow the steps below to apply for a Passport via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website:
- Visit the passport application website via https://passport.mfa.gov.gh/
- Click on “New User? Register Here”
- Click on “Sign Up” to create a new account on the “Ghana.gov.gh” website you will be redirected to
- Fill in your details And click Continue
- A One Time Password (OPT) would be sent to the phone number provided. Enter the OTP and Click continue to Apply
- Search for the Passport Office and Click Apply
- You would be redirected to a different page
- Click on “Authorize” to enable the application share your details with the Passport Application portal
- You will be redirected to the passport application platform where you will be given the chance to make purchase or input a voucher for the new passport application
You have the option of choosing the Passport Application Centre (PAC) that is closest to you or the one that you want. Once you’ve done that, schedule a visit to the PAC to have your documents verified and your biometric information taken (i.e. photograph and fingerprints). While you wait for your appointment date, you can print the completed form and give it to your guarantor to fill up.
Visiting the Passport Application Center
Once you have your signed paperwork, you can go to the Passport Application Center of your choice on the scheduled appointment day. Your documents will be checked, and your biometric information will be collected. Following your visit, the PAC will notify you when your passport is available to be picked up.
Obtain your Ghanaian passport
When your Passport is ready to be picked up, you will be notified through SMS. When you hear this notice, go to the Passport Application Centre where you conducted your biometrics to pick up your Ghana passport.
Ghana Passport Application Centers
Online applications are currently handled by 22 application centers across the country.
You can choose any of them during the application process, and you’ll go there for biometrics and to pick up your passport once it’s ready.
The following is a list of Passport Application Centres in Ghana where you can complete your biometric application and where you can find them:
|1||Accra PAC||Kinbu Road (Old Foreign Affairs)|
|2||Kumasi PAC||Guggisberg Road, Opposite PWD, Adum, Ministries|
|3||Takoradi PAC||Ghana Immigration Head Quarters (Within the Regional Administration)|
|4||Sunyani PAC||Adjacent to Jubilee (shares a wall with the Park)|
|5||Ho PAC||Regional Administration (Shares building with Immigration)|
|6||Tamale PAC||Police Park (Old Library)|
|8||Premium PAC – Accra||Accra Digital Center, Adjacent State Housing Company, Ring Road West, Accra|
|9||Tema PAC||Former IRS Office, Community 4, Tema|
|10||Koforidua PAC||PWD Office, SSNIT Office Area, Koforidua.|
|11||Premuim PAC – Kumasi||2nd Floor, Thankful Heights Building, Adum, Kumasi|
|12||Premium PAC – Tamale||2nd Floor, Pension Tower, Tamale|
|13||Cape Coast PAC||Opposite Ford Station|
|14||Wa PAC||Block C, Regional Coordination Council, Wa|
Please keep in mind that Premium Passport Application Centers in Ghana offer a more expedited and VIP experience for a fee.
Level 200 KNUST Student Killed By Friend Over ¢100 Debt
22-year-old Nana Kwaku Adu Gyamfi, a Level 200 student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), was found dead in a bush at Sewua.
Police inspection of the body revealed a swollen neck and “blood oozing from the nostrils”.
A stick suspected to have been used to hit the deceased was also found about twenty meters away from the body.
Police later arrested his 25-year-old friend, Emmanuel Boateng, who had confessed that he owed the deceased ¢100.
According to the Police, on Friday, April 22, Nana Gyamfi visited Emmanuel in his house at Esaso-Kwablafo near Esereso and the two later went out but the deceased did not return home until his dead body was discovered in the bush.
Emmanuel told the police he lured the deceased to the bushes and murdered him.
He also stole an iPhone 11 Pro Max phone from the deceased, which has been retrieved by the police.
The body of Nana Gyamfi has been deposited at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital morgue.
Emmanuel Boateng, who is assisting police investigations, will be arraigned before the court on Monday, April 25.
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