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Minister fetes presidential award winners


The minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyenang, on Saturday hosted this year’s Presidential awardees at the Aviation Social Centre in Accra.

The Presidential Award Winner’s luncheon, organized under the auspices of the Ministry, aimed at creating a platform for the recipients to interact, and refresh themselves after a hectic day of the award ceremony which took place at the Flagstaff House earlier in the morning.

The awardees include best candidates for the 2015 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) who beat all odds to come out of the examination with remarkable results and performance.

In a brief welcome address, Professor Opoku-Agyemang congratulated the award winners and wished them well in their studies.

She acknowledged their unrelenting efforts to make a mark in academia and urged them to sustain what they had started.

She also thanked their parents and teachers for moulding and guiding the awardees to reaching such heights, saying “all we are witnessing is the result of their parents and teachers”.

The Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Enoch Cobbinah, also commended the award winners “for making all of us proud”.

“We associate ourselves with your performance,” he said and advised them to see the award as just the beginning since they had their whole lives ahead of them.

Mr. Cobbinah also congratulated the teachers for their roles in ensuring that the children achieved higher feat.

An elated parent, Mr. Mathew Quaidoo, said the experience was a life-long one and reminded children that hard work pays, “as witnessed by all today”.

Asked how he felt when he was informed about the daughter’s performance, he said it was amazing because though his daughter had performed well and was in a senior high school of her choice, her selection came to the family as a surprising news.

Two award winners who shared their happiness with the Ghanaian Times, thanked God for the opportunity to be part of the award winners.

Miss Mavis Appiah of Mfantsiman Girls’ SHS was grateful to God for His protection and their teachers, whose guidance and effort had propelled them to the limelight.

She encouraged students to always take their studies seriously, adding that it was only through hard work that they could succeed.

For her part, Miss Priscilla Effah of the Presbyterian SHS, Begoro in the Eastern Region advised students to resist peer pressure and concentrate on their books because that was the only that could take them to high places.

She also thanked God for seeing her through her basic school and for making her part of the winners of the award.

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