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Some schools in Bolgatanga, Upper East Region, have had their roofs ripped off after two days of heavy rains.

On Saturday night, there was rainfall for close to five hours.

Again on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, there was another heavy downpour.

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has asked the Akufo Addo administration not to rename the University of Development Studies (UDS) after him.

There are reports of a plan to re-name four universities after eminent Ghanaian personalities.

But a statement issued by the office of Mr Rawlings said: “The former President has since the publication of the details of the new bill to be tabled to Parliament written to the Minister of Education to reiterate his position and kindly requested that the re-naming of UDS after him be withdrawn from the Draft Bill to be submitted to Parliament.”

Below is the full statement

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has taken note of publications in the media on a proposed Universities Bill to be submitted to Parliament.

The former President has taken particular note of the plan to re-name four universities after eminent Ghanaian personalities, including the naming of the University of Development Studies (UDS) after him.

When the proposal for the naming of the UDS was first brought to the former President’s attention by the Education Minister in 2017, he thanked the President and the government for the honour, but politely declined the offer because he had a long-standing principle not to have national monuments and facilities named after him.

Indeed in November 2015 when the then government of the day offered to name the Offshore Cape Three Points Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel after him he turned down the offer as well.

The former President has since the publication of the details of the new bill to be tabled to Parliament written to the Minister of Education to reiterate his position and kindly requested that the re-naming of UDS after him be withdrawn from the Draft Bill to be submitted to Parliament.

The former President once again thanks the President and all those who in diverse ways are keen on recognizing his contribution to the development of Education in the country.

source: ghanaweb.com

At least three Senior High Schools in the Northern region have been hit with severe water crisis.

Ghana Senior High School, Vittin Senior High School and Dabokpa Technical School students are forced to share the only source of water which is a dam with animals.

The three schools have been faced with water crisis and are forced to depend on dam water due to the lack of portable water.

Students of these schools spend hours fetching water from the dam instead of studying or doing their assignments.

A visit to the Ghanasco dam located at Kukuo, a suburb of Tamale revealed that animals and the students share the same dam water.

A student of Ghanasco who spoke to DGN Online on condition of anonymity said even though the school authority provide them with tanker water , it was always not enough due to the population of the school.

According to him, after classes hours the students will have to depend on the dam water because the water the school provides is not adequate.

He indicated that the dam water is normally mixed with chemicals before they consume it.

But he was quick to say that sometimes when it’s critical, they use the water in its row state to prepare their food at the dormitory even though there are health related issues.

Students from Vittin and Dabokpa Technical School walk a distance to the Ghanasco dam to get access to the dam water.

They appealed to Ghana Water Company and government to come to their aid.

The Sustainable Development Goal which Ghana is a signatory to, goal 6 talks about ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Source: ghanaweb.com

About one thousands students of the Nyankpala campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS) have signed a petition demanding a refund of a Development Levy they paid as part of their school fees September last year.

Information reaching D?GN Online indicates that some students of the Chereponi Senior High School in the Chereponi District of the North East region have fled campus over possible reprisal attacks between the Chokosis and Konkombas.

National Accreditation Board (NAB) has undertaken a review of the programmes and operations of the University for Development Studies (UDS) to ascertain if they are in line with required standards.

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