Friday, June 27, 2014


By: Kwamina Bamfo-Agyei
The Vice President of Ghana’s convoy H.E. Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has created acute fuel shortage in Cape Coast.
According to the manager of the Petro filling station officials from the vice president’ office has ordered the entire commodity to fuel the convoy accompanying the Vice President to attend the funeral of his father in Cape Coast.
At first commercial drivers were not giving fuel by the filling station attendants saying that the fuel is finish. After two hours the station rescinded its decision and started giving drivers 10 cedis worth of fuel amounting to 4.5litres.
Kwamina Bamfo-Agyei of Central Press was given 10 cedis of fuel too.

Monday, June 16, 2014


Reporting From Abuja Kwamina Bamfo-Agyei

According to the source, the suspects were arrested along Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway by Nigerian troops posted to Abia state. This arrest comes just a day after the police foiled plan to blow a church.
The suspects were being conveyed in over 30 buses when the military men intercepted them at the road between Aro-Ngwa and Imo Gate along the expressway, reports say.
Some of the buses conveying more persons reportedly sped off and escaped arrest.
The Abia state government officials have described the suspects as members of the dreaded Islamist extremist group, though no evidence has been made available to the public yet to establish a link between them and the terror group.
There has been no report of arms and ammunition being found on the arrested suspects.
The state officials say investigations are ongoing.
Hundreds of Boko Haram militants have been arrested in Abia state on Monday, June 16, 2014, according to reports by The Cable.

Monday, June 9, 2014


By: Kwamina Bamfo-Agyei
Cape Coast Polytechnic has been closed down due to the Polytechnic Teachers’ of Ghana strike action that has been over three weeks.

According to information posted on the notice board at the administration block of Cape Coast Polytechnic, final year tertiary students have been urged to be ready to write their examination immediately after the call off the strike action. While 1st and 2nd year students should proceed to their internship and prepare for the examination August 11 to August 22, 2014.

According to the Acting Registrar of the Cape Coast Polytechnic E.K. Agbovie the decision was taken at the emergency meeting held June 5, 2014.


By: Nana Kwame Osei Asare

I consider that this design of discrimination and neglect of the plight of polytechnic students towards our right to quality education, as enshrined in what is supposed to be the supreme law of the country, offends against reason and is unacceptable from every point of view.
Looked at it from the point of view of justice, it is clearly unjust that the poor innocent students who have paid partly for what is our fundamental right are been punished for the guilt of perhaps other people. While our fellows in building the nation (university students) in the future have received prompt and immediate solutions to every problem which confronts them, the polytechnic students have been treated with gross relegation at the peril of our career pursuit.
Successive Governments in Ghana from the pre-independence era till today have all emphasized the importance of formal education as a means to rapid national development. Hence, the colonial government placed a first-rate on education, especially, technical education. This explains the establishment of technical institutes in the 1950s to train the needed technicians and technologists for the accelerated development of the country. It is worthy to note that to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding railway lines and mining activities in Ghana, technical institutes were established in Accra, Takoradi and Kumasi.

In 1963, the Accra, Takoradi and Kumasi Technical Institutes were re-designated as Polytechnics without any legal backing. Two others at Tamale and Ho enjoyed the polytechnic status in 1984 and 1986 respectively. Cape Coast Polytechnic which was planned as a Polytechnic from inception was opened in 1986 (Nsiah-Gyabaah, 2005). These six second-cycle Polytechnics were elevated to tertiary status under the Polytechnic Law of 1992, without any upgrading in terms of facilities or staff. Later, in 1997, Sunyani and Koforidua Technical Institutes became Polytechnics and enjoyed similar tertiary status. The establishment of Bolgatanga and Wa Polytechnics (in 1999 and 2000 respectively) ensured that there is a Polytechnic in each on the ten administrative regions of Ghana.

It is therefore notably and woebegone that the central focus of the polytechnic education which is career-oriented has been misplaced and as such it is very bewildering for its continues existence when clearly not just I but all who have gone through the polytechnic education can say that all stake holders have placed a disdaining trademark on the multitudinous graduates of the polytechnic.
Our propensity to play our role as dauntlessly as any other educational product has also been treated with inequity comparatively with our colleagues from the universities which clearly is in contradiction to the provision of the enabling act of parliament 745 which establishes the polytechnics as tertiary institutions and has since 2007 replaced the PNDC LAW 321.
The “polytricktians” tried to be sycophantic with the plight of the pacesetter-graduates who agitated for a career path way by the introduction of the Bachelor of Technology programmes (B-Tech). However the inflexible approach to accreditation adopted by the authorities has reduced opportunities for career progression for such graduates. Regrettably, over four years down the line, no Polytechnic has been allowed to mount B-Tech programmes in business and the social sciences. The universities, both public and private, have been having a field day in mounting HND and B-Tech top-up programmes for Polytechnic graduates without the requisite practical content in the curriculum. They turn around and ostensibly accuse the polytechnics of producing unemployable graduates.

Are we therefore not right to tap from our bestowed faculty to call these happening "educational racism or genocide"? There are ten polytechnic across the country, but soon they will be no more because everybody will go to the university....maybe to reduce the number of pages in the constitution by scraping of the polytechnic act of parliament 745 (2007)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


We the leadership of the Cape Coast Polytechnic Student Representative Council in the Central region of Ghana have gathered through this procession to register our discontentment over the conscious rnarginalization and demeaning of Polytechnic education and the situation of government's inability to create and maintain the systems we need to run our education without pointless interruptions.
Ladies and Gentlemen, today we have thousands of polytechnic students who cannot become graduates because their lecturers are striking over pay and working conditions for closely three weeks and all we hear from stakeholders is that the said strike action was illegal due to some purported ambiguity of a sort contained in notice for declaring the industrial action. For us as students who have fulfilled our part of the deed by paying fees and making ourselves available for training, the least we expected was government's refusal to settle its indebtedness to our lecturers. We are not prepared to dabble in the legalities of the strike action. If you are a government and your employees embark on an illegal strike leaving students to suffer all losses, what are supposed to do? We are surprised that government was made aware from months ago on this strike and did nothing to prevent what it calls an illegal strike. Always government is only interested in protecting its name and not the citizens. Government has coiled back to relax after coming out to respond to the strike as illegal, leaving students to suffer the loss. Simple logic demands that an employer seeks the law to compel his employees to call of an illegal strike. Why is government not doing so if indeed the strike is illegal? To us we believe government has at its disposal all it needs to avert this loss on students.
That our teachers be made to return to the lectures halls with immediate effect.  How to get them is not part of our reasoning. It is about time the government took polytechnic education serious.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


 Kwamina Bamfo-Agyei
There has been a highway robbery that resulted to the loss of two lives. According to an eyewitness the incident occurred around 10:45pm Monday 2nd June 2014 on the Assin Edubiase road in the Central Region.
The armed robbers mounted artificial barriers to stop the vehicles plying that road and were able to rob 15 commercial vehicles. One passenger was shot dead and a driver of a private car was also shot.
A taxi driver from Mankessim has been arrested suspected to have transported the armed robbers