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  • Today, the railway station stands forlorn and miserable, peeled of its paint and beauty in as much as it is peeled of its former glory.

    In secondary school at Opoku Ware School in Kumasi, whenever I was asked where I lived and I said ‘Tarkwa’, it elicited wry smiles and comments either about the town’s gold mines or its railway station.

  • Experts agree that the right age is 4, and the law, under the Education Act 778 of 2008, which brought the KGs into the basic school stream, reflects this accordingly.

    One of the most nerve-wracking moments in every learner’s life is their first day in school, at whatever level of the education system.

  • Then perhaps the ‘pii porr, pii porr’ and the flashing blue lights of last week may make some sense, however much you may want to hold your nose in disgust.

    Last week, the presidential commissioning of 307 ambulances at the Black Star Square, in all its pomp and circumstances, was the climax of a long, drawn out process with quite a number of twists and turns and one false start.

  • But the jewel in the crown was a brand new school gate, an edifice of magnificent proportion bathed in the school’s gold and blue colours, with a giant clock sitting atop.

    I was in Kumasi over the weekend for the 67th anniversary homecoming and speech and prize-giving day of my alma mater, Opoku Ware School.

  • We all feast on updates from other parts of the world, as well as the happenings in this Republic, from the imported cases to our preparedness to our public education campaign.

    This week, I had planned to write on something other than the latest, scary buzzword in town: coronavirus, a.k.a COVID-19.

  • Apparently a committee of various stakeholders sent delegations to Rwanda to learn from a similar system in place.

    Many Ghanaians who are familiar with drones have encountered these wonderful little machines at weddings, funerals or other social events, where they hover in the skies capturing amazing panoramic views of the occasion.

  • Now we are on course for the 2020 elections, and campaign has all but started.

    Written By Rodney Nkrumah Boateng - Ghana has had several bitterly fought general elections since independence. Indeed, even before independence, each of the 1951, 1954 and 1957 elections came with its own drama, with the Convention People’s Party (CPP) winning all three.

  • If we cannot enforce these, then any new law will simply go the way of the current – beautifully ignored adornments in our statute books.

    There is talk of amending the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29) to make corruption a felony, criminalise private corrupt acts and domesticate international anti-corruption conventions that Ghana has signed.

  • Many feel their MPs do not represent their interests and are in the house for their own needs. Of course, ...

    The last week or so has been quite a stormy one for the legislative arm of government, with news that the Parliamentary leadership is gearing itself up for the construction of a new, $200m, 450-seater parliamentary chamber.

  • It is a national disgrace that for so many years, the uncompleted concrete footbridges have stood forlornly and jutted out uselessly towards the heavens.

    Written By Rodney Nkrumah-Boateng - It was a hair-raising, time-consuming experience waiting to cross as cars sped by, and did involve a fair amount of calculation of whether an approaching car was sufficiently far away to make crossing safe.

  • The June 1982 abduction and subsequent murder of three high court judges and a retired Major (they were shot at point blank and their bodies set alight) certainly shook the nation to its foundations precisely because it was such a rare occurrence.

    Growing up partly on a diet of crime thrillers both on television and in books, it never occurred to me that one day, in this country, the idea of gunmen actually turning up in someone's home, office or car, pointing a gun at him or her and actually pulling the trigger would ever take seed.

  • I have one gripe that some may consider petty, but I think it is important that I rant a bit.

    Written By Rodney Nkrumah-Boateng -  In 1987, the Rawlings regime implemented fundamental reforms in our education system.

  • I am sure my romantic attachment to the language has something to do with the famed politeness of the Akuapem people, even when they are insulting you. This has been fortified by my forays into the cool climes of the Akuapem ridge,...

    Written By Rodney Nkrumah-Boateng - Of all the Ghanaian languages, Akuapem Twi is the one that tugs at my heartstrings the most and makes me swoon. It has a rhythmic melody to it that washes over you in a gentle way that simply makes you smile.

  • Too often, many of us forget about our kindergarten teachers, but I think we ought to celebrate them more.

    I have always wondered what it takes to teach kindergarten.

  • *They were placed in a school and on a programme and a residency status (day/boarding) that featured in their five choices.

    Let me begin with a sincere apology for my French leave last week and the week before from this column.

  • I have two simple questions. If we had won the title, would Ghanaians, bathed in unbridled euphoria, have noticed our eye-popping financial outlay involved in the tournament?

    In the 1970s, when I was growing up in Prestea, my father, who was chairman of the Prestea Mine Stars Football Club, took me to the local stadium on several occasions to watch the team play.

  • The recorded assault of a Member of Parliament and another person believed to be his aide, by way of slaps, during last week’s parliamentary bye-elections in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency would trouble any right-thinking member of society and they are utterly condemnable and despicable.

     I do not recall being slapped in my adult life, neither do I look forward to such an experience.

  • In all of this, what I found particularly curious was the fact that in all the years he lived in the UK, Kweku did not seek and obtain naturalisation as a British national, ...

    Last week the Ghanaian news space got quite busy with the arrival back home from the United Kingdom (UK) of Mr Kweku Adoboli, who has been in the news for all the reasons I am sure he did not want.

  • He stated “there was a time when to rob a bank, you had to find a gun and a face mask. Today, you just set up your own bank and then rob it.”

    Written By Rodney Nkrumah Boateng - When I left university about a quarter of a century ago, I was confronted with the dilemma of what career to pursue. Initially I thought of the Foreign Service, and then the thought fizzled out due to a couple of practical realities.

  • Many of the parents at the square were ordinary folks whose children had not been successful in any of their five choices. And yet, they were determined that their children must go to school.

    Last week was an interesting, tiring and yet very fulfilling one for me. Monday marked exactly 18,250 days since I arrived on the surface of this earth and let out a piercing cry to announce my grand entry.

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