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General News of Sunday, 22 September 2019


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The Short Commission’s report on the Ayawaso West Wuogon incident headlined discussions on JoyNews’ weekend analysis show; Newsfile yesterday.

Government has been criticized over its response to the Emile Short Commission report which investigated the violence that characterised the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election on January 31, 2019.

According to the government, the Commission failed to present a full and impartial work as required by its terms of reference.

The White Paper prepared by the Attorney-General, Gloria Akuffo, identified at least 39 issues of agreement or disagreement. Government or partly accepted 16 facts, findings or recommendations of the Commission while rejecting 23 others.

Also discussed were issues surrounding this year’s Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) which has left hundreds stranded following complaints by some parents that their wards had been placed in Senior High Schools that were not part of the five schools they selected.

Despite the outcry of wrong placements, the Ghana Education System has insisted that no student was placed wrongly by CSSPS. GES has, however, recommended that a candidate who misses out on the placement under can opt for the self-placement procedure to select his or her preferred school from a list of schools provided.

Topical was the confirmation of the death of the Takoradi girls after human remains were found at the premises of the suspected kidnapper.

The year-long search on the whereabouts of the young girls came to an end when acting Inspector General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh, made the announcement after DNA tests were conducted.

However, family members of the victims do not believe the report and have called for the sack of CID Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah for what they described as misleading the public that the “girls are safe.”

These and many others were the deliberations on Saturday’s edition of JoyNews Newsfile with Sampson Anyenini and his panelists.

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