Focus (94.3MHz) FM is the official organiser of this year’s edition of the face of SHS show.

This was announced by the Manager, Nana Kwadwo Jantuah after an agreement was signed between Entertainment Vibes Multimedia- erstwhile organizers of the show and Focus FM.

Focus FM, a radio station based on the campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has hitherto partnered the organizers of the show as media partners.

The Face of SHS is in its third year and aims at empowering females within the second cycle schools. Face of SHS is a well structured, thought-provoking and highly competitive avenue for talent display in which the families of the young contestants are involved.

The show is also a successful medium through which the youth is educated on social issues, entertained as well as motivated to strive to discover their potentials.

This year’s show bears the theme; The role of the Second Cycle School youth in ensuring a peaceful election.

The programme, since its inception has been extremely successful and obtained unrivaled attention from students and the general public including families of contestants and has witnessed unrivaled patronage in Kumasi.

Nana Jantuah called on corporate bodies to come aboard and help make the programme more successful than its already successful antecedents.

Asked what is going to be different about this year’s show, the manager mentioned that the prizes involved this time are a thing to watch out for, adding that this year’s programme is dedicated to a peaceful election “and I think that is significant”.

-Bernard Buachi, Focus FM, KNUST

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Posted by on 6 July, 2012 in ENTERTAINMENT



A former Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Adarkwa, is calling for greater national attention to quality in vocational and technical training.

Professor Kwasi Kwafo Adarkwa says it is the only way to encourage trainees to establish businesses and employ others. The professor of Planning is worried technical and vocational education continues to be relegated to the background in the face of growing unemployment.

‘All of us stakeholders have a role to play starting from the government. I call for massive infusion of investment resources into the vocational and technical institutions in the country. Look at the classrooms, the laboratory and the workshops, all have to be revitalized and reinvested. As we have now, Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) can begin to monitor the quality of programs in these institutions,’ he said.

‘With the vocational institutions in the country, I am asking them to re-evaluate their curricula, this way they can become more in tune with the current trend in the job market.’

He urged parents to contribute through the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) by paying attention and providing what is due them.

Professor Adarkwa spoke at the 9th graduation ceremony of Ramseyer Vocational and Training Institute in Kumasi. Eighty-six students graduated in fashion design, catering, and electrical technology, block laying and concreting.

Meanwhile, the 36 year-old Presbyterian school is the only vocational and technical institution selected in the Ashanti Region to run a 4-year course in catering, block laying and concreting for unemployed youth.
The school is due to introduce auto vehicle mechanic, draught-manship and advanced courses to upgrade the skills of trainees as well.



Posted by on 2 July, 2012 in EDUCATION


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The Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and technology, Prof. William Otoo Ellis, has commissioned a new French language laboratory at the premises of the new examination hall complex.

The center christened as ‘maison de francaise’ is one of the many projects being undertaken by the French department to enhance the study of French in the university.
The state of the art facility comprises of a language laboratory with computers and microphones, a francophone library and a study abroad information desk with requisite information to help students interested in studying overseas.
Prof. William Otoo Ellis was the chairman of the occasion. In his keynote address, the Head of the French Institute in Ghana, Mr. Arnaud Dornon, entreated students and staff alike to take this opportunity to enhance their French speaking skills.

He noted that the center will be useless if maximum use is made of its services.
He said, “A library is only called a library when people come, read, learn or borrow books not because there are books inside, the activities creates the attention, that is why I would call on all the students to stop by, ask, enquire and use the facility that Knust offers them, both students and staff….”

The Head of Department of Modern languages, Dr. Lebeney Tettey also indicated that the project was just the first phase and announced plans to run proficiency courses for members of the university community.
“….I dare say that we will be able to rub shoulders with Alliance francaise in the running of proficiency courses in French to a larger public but this in the spirit of Francophonie and true friendship.”, Mrs Lebeney added.

The Provost of the college of Arts and Social Sciences, Prof. S.I.K. Afrane, who was also in attendance, bemoaned the little attention given to French study by our educational system. He further entreated the department to use the facility well, maintain it and expand it in the future to accommodate a larger population.

By Emmanuel Ofei, Focus FM, KNUST, Kumasi

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Posted by on 18 May, 2012 in KNUST




The plaintiffs in the case involving the failure of KATANGA Hall to vote in the just ended SRC elections have agreed to discontinue the legal case against the SRC and its Electoral commission.

In a letter dated May 10, 2012 copied to Focus fm, signed by the Registrar of the Kumasi Circuit Court, it states that the Plaintiffs: Odame Sarpong, Chairman of the KATANGA Hall Judicial Committee; Amofa Kofi Atta, an affiliate of KATANGA Hall; and Ato Assan Jnr, also an affiliate of the KATANGA Hall have decided to discontinue the suit filed against the Defendants: Students Representative Council (SRC); and the Electoral Commission of the SRC.

Responding to issues leading to the withdrawal in an interview with Bernard Buachi on Focus fm, the SRC President, Mr Philemon Laar noted that, “it is time to think about the solidarity of the student front and this is not a victory for the plaintiffs nor the SRC but a victory of common sense which tells us to solidify the student front and be united than ever before.”

The SRC President also advised the new executives to comply with the SRC constitution and always champion the welfare of students.

Meanwhile the Chairman of the KATANGA Hall Judicial Committee, Odame Sarpong, tells Focus News , there will be no further arbitrations but still believes the SRC constitution has been breached by the SRC EC in refusing first year KATANGEES from voting.

According to him, they decided to withdraw the case because of the consequences in delaying the handing over and for the interest of the greater student body advising that, “students of the university are intelligent and should not be taken for granted. When you try to put in your own personal interest and gains ahead of the constitution that you have sworn to defend, then you should know that, there are people there who will not take it and will always take the matter up.”

By David Apinga, Focus FM, KNUST, Kumasi

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Posted by on 11 May, 2012 in KNUST



fitness trainer is calling on Ghanaians to join the ranks of developed and health conscious countries to formulate national health and fitness goals and objectives.

According to Godson Lamptey, CEO of Mojo Group of Gyms, a national orientation towards fitness has contributed massively to the development of a lot of countries including the United States, China, and Japan among others.

“Though it might take a while for some to come to terms with this, countries like the US, China, Japan have developed because they have built a unified sense of purpose through physical and spiritual exercises, and I have no doubt that Ghana can do same”, he said.

He says Ghanaians will be healthier when they exercise consciously and that will spill over to the economy and the intellect.

Godson Lamptey, popularly known as Mojo, was speaking in an interview with Focus FM in Kumasi.

He also cautioned Ghanaians to avoid developing destructive habits like alcohol and drug abuse as well as unsafe sex.

He calls for a healthy and fit nation, adding that health is not merely the freedom from illness, disease and debilitating conditions but includes a sense of well being and quality of life.

-Bernard Buachi

Focus FM, Kumasi.

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Posted by on 2 May, 2012 in GENERAL


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The Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) has expressed anger about the failure of government to pay thesis and bursary grant to members of the association and has thus hinted on a nationwide demonstration if the issue is not resolved.

GRASAG said while it is grateful to the government for the 100 percent increase this year, members wish to register their displeasure about the delay in releasing the money.

The thesis and bursary grant is a fund allocated by government to lessen the financial burden of post – graduate students in the country but the association has questioned if the objective is being achieved, as most students struggle to complete their projects due to the recurring delay in the payment of the grant over the years.

At a press conference held at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi on Thursday April 27, the National President of GRASAG, Dr. Samuel Bert Boadi – Kusi noted that GRASAG has engaged in several dialogue and negotiations which have all proved futile and contrary to the assurance by the Minister of State in charge of scholarships at the Office of the President, Hon.  Kwadjo T. Likpalimor, that the payment will be made by Friday April 20, 2012; the monies have still not been released.

He explained that the academic year of the public universities in Ghana ends by May, 2012 and the late arrival of the money hampers the research work undertaken by the students.

“It has a lot of serious implications for the graduate student. Some go to the extent of having to borrow monies in order to collect data from the field. If we are interested in nation building, we need to invest in the graduate student and the quality of research,” Dr. Boadi – Kusi added.

According to the GRASAG President, they have been left with no choice than to speak the only language which government understands.

“GRASAG hereby serves notice of its intended plan of action emanating from an emergency senate meeting as follows:  2nd May 2012, we will have a final press interaction on the matter; 7th May 2012, a demonstration to be staged in Accra which will be entitled “ YABRε DEMONSTRATION”. Until the thesis and bursary grants are paid, we will not relent in our efforts to use every legitimate means at our disposal to get what is due us”.


By David Apinga, Focus FM, KNUST, Kumasi

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Posted by on 30 April, 2012 in EDUCATION




The theme permeating all presentations at this year’s ‘Save the Frogs Day’ at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is the need for the protection of endangered amphibian species, some of which are only found in Ghana.

The programme took place on April 28, 2012 and was celebrated simultaneously by 36 countries worldwide.

Organised by Save the Frogs International, a non-governmental organisation, the Vice President, Jonathan Toursan, enunciated that the organisation was founded to solve the global environmental problem of amphibian extinction. He says amphibians are important bio-indicators which need to be protected and cautioned against the use of Atrasine which destroys the existence of frogs.

In a speech about endangered frog species in Ghana, Co-founder and Executive Director of Save the Frogs Ghana, Mr. Gilbert Adum, emphasised the need to protect amphibians especially frogs. He added that, “globally 2000 amphibian species are threatened with extinction and it has been estimated that 32% of Ghana’s amphibians may not survive this century”.

The Ecologist noted that 5 endemic species of frogs are recorded to exist only in Ghana and cautioned against the destruction of the Atiwa Forest which has the Togo Slippery Frog , the closest relative to the largest frog in the world. Save the Frogs Ghana is therefore appealing to government to convert the Atiwa Forest into a national park.

“It is called the Togo Slippery Frog and the largest population in the whole world is found at the Atiwa Hills. Now, they are trying to mine the place for bauxite which will lead to the loss of these frogs. We have collected signatures of over 200 people and will have presentations at the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and Forestry Commission. We want them to understand that, it is important to create Atiwa Forest into a national park,” the Frog expert added.

The Chairman for the Board of Directors, Save the Frogs Ghana, Prof. William Oduro also stated that KNUST has started the movement to protect frogs and their habitat. He says the long term goal is to affect positive change in policies that will be beneficial to the environment and humans. He was however quick to add that the main challenge of the organisation has been with the mindset of some Ghanaians in accepting the importance of frogs and conserving their habitat.

In some parts of the Northern Region, frogs are harvested for food and serves as a source of income to the hunters. As parts of efforts to discourage over harvesting of these frogs, Save the Frogs Ghana is embarking on a bee – keeping training programme to provide alternative livelihood for these people.

The Bee – keeping Trainer for the organisation, Ms Jacqueline Kumadoh, disclosed that the programme has already started in the Northern Region and in Atiwa and will soon be expanded to other areas.


By David Apinga, Focus FM, KNUST, Kumasi


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Posted by on 29 April, 2012 in EDUCATION, GHANA