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Assessment of the role of private schools in the development of education in Ghana. A study of the Kumasi Metropolis
Y Nsiah-Peprah
Journal of Science and Technology (Ghana) , 2004,
Abstract: Increased demand by the people and the limited resources available to the government have made it difficult for the government alone to finance education provision in the country. It has therefore become increasingly necessary for the private sector to get involved in the provision of educational facilities in the country. This study sought to capture the contribution that the private sector is making to supplement the efforts of the government to improve the basic education system in the country. It established that private schools are contributing greatly to the development of education in the Kumasi Metropolis and by implication, the country. These include the fact that, private schools outnumber public schools from the Primary to the Senior Secondary level, they enroll more pupils and students, they also employ more teachers, most significantly more untrained female teachers, and they perform better in examinations than the public schools. The above not withstanding, private schools, like public schools, have their own problems which include inadequate funds, poor infrastructure and high number of untrained teachers. Among the recommendations are that the government should make it possible for the private schools to benefit from the GETFund to enable them to address their financial problems; that Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies should establish more public basic schools to help expand their coverage; and that the Ministry of Education should put in place mechanisms for the effective supervision of public basic schools to help improve their academic performance and thus make them more attractive. Journal of Science and Technology Vol.24(2) 2004: 54-76
Entrepreneurship Determinants of Artisans/Craftsmen in Kumasi Metropolis, Ghana  [PDF]
Isaac Tweneboah-Koduah, Charles Adusei
American Journal of Industrial and Business Management (AJIBM) , 2016, DOI: 10.4236/ajibm.2016.62016
Abstract: A review of entrepreneurship literature suggests that entrepreneurial activities are the most important drivers for economic growth. The study sought to determine the predictors that bring about entrepreneurship for artisans and craftsmen in Kumasi Metropolis. Primary data were gathered from artisans and craftsmen in the market and firms through questionnaires in a criteria-based random survey. The findings of the study revealed the determinant factors of individual, firm and the environmental issues as predictors for the sampled respondents. The determinants were also ranked in relative importance and highlighted the challenges faced by the artisans and craftsmen in Kumasi Metropolis. The study recommends that necessary attention should be given to high ranked determinants so as to increase entrepreneurial processes and activities to alleviate poverty from Kumasi Metropolis through stimulation of economic growth, employment generation, and organizations empowerment.
Industrial Automation in Ghanaian Industries (The Case of Kumasi Metropolis)
Adejuyigbe S.B.
Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences , 2012,
Abstract: This study looked at Industrial Automation in Ghanaian Industries using the Kumasi Metropolis as a case study. It was aimed at investigating the various types of industries in the metropolis in terms of operational conditions. Evaluating which ones was Manually Operated, Computer- Aided, Semi-Automated or Fully Automated. And also evaluate the effects of Automation on the companies that are automated and finding out ways of improving the manually operated companies. This was achieved by the administration of questionnaires to ten companies in the metropolis. All the information was compiled and the necessary deductions were made. It was however realized from the research that Ghana need a lot of improvement in the area of automation since about 70%of the companies were manually operated, about 20% used semi-automated process and only about 10% are fully automated. Therefore it can be concluded that the companies in Ghana were not enjoying the benefits of automation such as reduction in scrap, reduced labour cost etc. as witnessed in advanced countries. Hence the clarion call in this study that Manufacturing Industries in Ghana should embrace automation so as to enjoy the benefits of automation to its fullest as witnessed in the developed countries of the world.
ANALYSIS OF VEHICULAR FALLOUTS FROM TRAFFIC IN THE KUMASI METROPOLIS, GHANA
D.K. Essumang*, D.K. Dodoo, S. Obiri, B.A.K. Oduro
Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia , 2006,
Abstract: Concentrations of platinum, lead, cadmium, copper, and zinc in dust from areas of high, medium, low and very low vehicular movements in Kumasi Metropolis in the Ashanti Region of the Republic of Ghana was measured. High concentrations of platinum, lead, copper, and zinc were found to be associated with soils from areas of high traffic densities suggesting that vehicles (that ply these areas) also contribute heavy metals to the environment. The results of the study shows that the road and users, like residents living in buildings within these areas, those engaged in commercial activities like hawking, and the general public are at risk of exposure to the toxic effects of Pt, Pb, Cd, Cu, and Zn as they inhale those metals released from the exhaust of vehicles into the environment. According to these results, there is the potential for exposure to high levels of Pt, Cd, Pb, Cu, and Zn for road users and those living in urban environments or along the highways. KEY WORDS: Catalytic converter, Vehicular fallouts, Toxic metals, High, Medium, Low and Very low traffic conditions, Kumasi Metropolis (Ghana). Bull. Chem. Soc. Ethiop. 2006, 20(1), 9-15.
Teacher Personnel Management as Determinant of Teacher Productivity in Oyo Metropolis Senior Secondary Schools
Alabi Christianah Oluwakemi
Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences , 2012, DOI: 10.3923/pjssci.2011.39.42
Abstract: The study investigated the contributions of teacher personnel management (teacher motivation and teacher development) to teacher productivity in Oyo metropolis senior secondary schools. One main hypothesis and two operational hypotheses guided the study. The study adopted a correlational survey research design. A total of 183 participants from Oyo metropolis 12 senior secondary schools were sampled using stratified random sampling technique. Data were collected through a validated and well structured instrument, Teacher Personnel Management Scale (TPMS; reliability index r = 0.89). Data were analyzed using Multiple Regression Analysis statistics. Results show that the two determinant variables significantly predict teacher productivity (teacher motivation = 0.19, teacher development = 0.11). Based on the findings, the study recommended that teachers must be well motivated in terms of payments, status and recognition so that they can show more commitment to their job. Also teachers need to acquire more knowledge through inservice training such as seminars, conferences and regular workshop in order to improve their competencies.
Prevalence of genital Chlamydia and Gonococcal infections in at risk women in the Kumasi metropolis, Ghana
BK Opoku, YA Sarkodie
Ghana Medical Journal , 2010,
Abstract: Objective: To study the prevalence of genital chlamydia and gonococcal infections in women at risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections in the Kumasi metropolis, Ghana. Design: Structured interviews and clinical examination of participants and obtaining vaginal swabs to test for gonorrhoea and chlamydia infections. Participants: Women aged between 18-35 years (inclusive) with a history of having at least 3 sexual acts per week and having had at least 2 sex partners in the previous 3 months and were willing to be part of the study. Results: One thousand and seventy (1070) women participated in the study. Genital chlamydia infection was found in 4.8% of participants whilst gonococcal infection was found in 0.9% of participants. Conclusion: The prevalence of genital chlamydia and gonococcal infections was low in these at-risk women. The prevalence is also lower than reported in other female populations in the country.
Analysis of vehicular fallouts from traffic in the Kumasi Metropolis, Ghana  [cached]
D.K. Essumang,D.K. Dodoo,S. Obiri,B.A.K. Oduro
Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia , 2006,
Abstract: Concentrations of platinum, lead, cadmium, copper, and zinc in dust from areas of high, medium, low and very low vehicular movements in Kumasi Metropolis in the Ashanti Region of the Republic of Ghana was measured. High concentrations of platinum, lead, copper, and zinc were found to be associated with soils from areas of high traffic densities suggesting that vehicles (that ply these areas) also contribute heavy metals to the environment. The results of the study shows that the road and users, like residents living in buildings within these areas, those engaged in commercial activities like hawking, and the general public are at risk of exposure to the toxic effects of Pt, Pb, Cd, Cu, and Zn as they inhale those metals released from the exhaust of vehicles into the environment. According to these results, there is the potential for exposure to high levels of Pt, Cd, Pb, Cu, and Zn for road users and those living in urban environments or along the highways.
Factors Influencing Child Health at the Periphery of the Kumasi Metropolis, Ghana
D Buor
Journal of Science and Technology (Ghana) , 2008,
Abstract: The paper examined some of the factors that influence child health at peripheral settlements of the Kumasi Metropolis in Ghana. The simple random technique, supported by purposive procedure, was used to select 240 women whose children were above 2 years but less than 5. Formal interview was the main data collection instrument, whilst linear regression, alongside crosstabulation, was the main analytical tool. Results showed that the principal determinants of child health, in the metropolis were mother's education, household income and exclusive breastfeeding (nutrition). Besides, the use of insecticide bed-nets has been established as having a positive impact on child health. Among the recommendations to improve child health in the locality are the adoption of an integrated approach by appropriate government Ministries and institutions to lift women from the buck of ignorance and poverty through the functional literacy and income generation programmes, whilst steps should be taken to ensure effective formal education of the girl-child. It is recommended that a survey on the impact of childhood immunisation on child health, using a larger sample size, be carried out. A schematic model of the determinants of child health has emerged. This survey has an additional merit of deviating from the normal bivariate and purely descriptive approaches to the use of the multivariate model which evaluates the impact of independent variables.
Relationship between Senior School Physics Students' Perceptions of Their Physics Teachers' Effectiveness and the Performance in Physics
E O Omosewo
African Research Review , 2007,
Abstract: This study investigated the correlation between senior physics student's perception of their physics teachers' effectiveness and the students' performance in physics. One hundred and seventy-seven (177) Senior Secondary School year 3 physics students of six (6) randomly selected secondary schools in Ilorin metropolis took part in the study. The instrument used was a designed questionnaire labeled ‘Profile of Dimensions of Effective Physics Teaching'. The students' continuous assessment scores were correlated with perceptions of students about their physics teachers' effectiveness and the students' performance in physics. This finding has implication for physics teaching. The physics teacher must take cognizance of the specific needs of pupils in the planning and delivery of his/her lesson and such leader should devote substantial time to meeting these needs. This is because it has been found from this study and others that have been reviewed that meeting such needs have positive relationship with students' academic performance. African Research Review Vol. 1 (1) 2007: pp. 131-137
A Study of the Use of Primolut N Tablet as a Contraceptive in the Kumasi Metropolis of Ghana
HS Opare-Addo, PK Britwum, GAO Ampong
African Journal of Reproductive Health , 2011,
Abstract: This study investigated the use of Primolut N tablet which contains norethisterone 5mg popularly called N- tablet by users as a precoital contraceptive by women in the Kumasi metropolis of Ghana. Clients who called at any of the twenty (20) selected Pharmacies in residential areas within the Kumasi metropolis demanding the drug, with or without valid prescriptions were interviewed using a guide. Of the two hundred and twenty (220) users interviewed, 94% demanded the drug for contraception and 6% for menstrual disorders. Sixty one percent of those demanding it for contraception were between the ages 20-25 years. Respondents preferred the use of norethisterone tablets as a contraceptive to other methods because it worked for them and they also found it easy and convenient taking a tablet just before coitus than taking daily oral contraceptive pills. Norethisterone is being used as a pre-coital contraceptive, though the efficacy, safety and reliability of the drug for that purpose is unknown. Until these are known, women must be discouraged from using the drug (Afr J Reprod Health 2011; 15[1]: 65-67).
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