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Government Used GH₵68.5m To Buy ‘Pasco’ For Final Year SHS Students – Education Minister 

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The Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, has revealed that the government spent GH₵68.5 million to buy past questions for final year SHS students.

The decision to purchase the past questions and answers was part of interventions to help the candidates who are beneficiaries of the Free SHS program prepare for the 20/21 WASSCE.

Speaking on the floor of parliament, Dr. Osei Adutwum said while the government spent GH₵33,6m to by 568,755 Pasco in 2020, a total of 446,954 similar materials were also bought in 2021.

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In a report filed by Graphic.com.gh, the minister revealed that the materials were gotten from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at a unit price of GH₵59 in 2020 and GH78 in 2021.

He added that the purchase of these handouts to final year students was funded by the free SHS account. “The procurement of these questions was funded through the Free Senior High School account,” he said.

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Ghana’s Debt Levels Topping 80% of GDP; Unsustainable – Mahama Laments

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Ghana's Debt Levels Topping 80% of GDP; Unsustainable - Mahama Laments

Former President John Mahama says Ghana’s debt has got to unsustainable level due to government’s reckless expenditure to win elections.

“This government must accept that it is their mismanagement of the economy, their thirst for consumption expenditure and the desire to spend beyond our means in order to win elections that have plunged us into the current crisis, not necessarily COVID-19.

“This has led to rampant increments in the prices of goods and services. This is primarily responsible for the hardships Ghanaians are going through now,” Mr Mahama wrote on twitter on Saturday morning.

He added: “Our debt has ballooned to unsustainable levels- topping 80% of GDP- exposing us to very high risk of debt default. Almost all of our tax revenue is used to service our debt and the effect has been the introduction of several new taxes”.

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In April and May 2021, Ghana’s public debt stock shot up by ¢27.8 billion to ¢332.4 billion which was equivalent to $57.9 billion, about 76.66 percent of Gross Domestic Product.

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NPP Charges Supporters To Accept List Of MMDCEs

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The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is asking stakeholders, particularly supporters, to accept the yet-to-be-published list of Chief Executive Officers for the various Municipalities and Districts.

The party believes acceptance of the list is a sign of respecting the President’s decision.

Director of Communication for the NPP, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, charged the members to welcome the nominees and ensure a smooth confirmation process for them.

“We expect party executives at grassroots to accept the list to be released in good faith. Every nominee on that list is a nominee of the President, therefore, you must respect the choice,” he explained.

He argued the nominees will represent the President at the local level and must be given full support.

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“Their work impacts on the whole nation, so the approval process impacts all of us that’s why we are asking the party to own the process,” he said.

He also admonished the nominees to open up and welcome divergent views in the discharge of their duties.

“We expect nominees to open up and welcome all shades of opinion. We don’t expect successful nominees to have a closed-door administration. We don’t expect the nominees to shut out people who contested with them,” he added.

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Kennedy Agyapong To Consider Running For President If………

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Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong has disclosed that he will consider becoming a president if Ghanaians clamour for it.

He, however, indicated that he is content with what he is doing as a lawmaker because one does not have to be a president to help people.

“I have a personal belief that you don’t have to be a president to effect change in people’s life,” he said in an interview in the US.

“I’m not a president but you can see the things I’m doing to help Ghanaians.

“That alone is enough but if a time comes that Ghanaians feel that you can lead and make a change, I will give myself some time and consider it. I don’t want to rush.”

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Already, the maverick politician has announced his intentions not to contest for the Assin Central parliamentary seat in 2024.

He said nothing will move him to change his mind this time around, having backtracked in 2016.

“Even if I’m given 1,000 cows, I will not go back because I want the people to know that I am fighting for their wellbeing and not myself as an MP.”

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