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Three Ghanaian students win WAEC International Excellence Awards

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For the fourth time running, Ghana has swept all the three topmost awards of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Excellence Awards instituted by the council in 1985.

The Excellence Award was instituted to honour candidates with outstanding performance in the Council’s senior high school certificate examination.

The three awardees, Ms. Jessica Ayeley Quaye, Ms. Ruth Ewura-Ama Awadzi and Ms. Danielle Amo-Mensah, who are all Ghanaians, were former students of Wesley Girls’ High School located in Cape Coast in the Central Region were adjudged the best candidates presented in the 2015 WASSCE, making them the fourth successive batch of candidates by the country to have swept all the distinguished awards over the past five years..

The three also emerged as the overall best candidates in the WAEC countries of Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, with Ms. Quaye, currently a level 100 student of the Ashesi University College in Accra

At the awards ceremony held at the Accra International Conference Centre. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana was Guest of Honour.

Each of the three awardees were presented with a certificate, and an undisclosed amount of money for their sterling performance.

Ms. Quaye, a level 100 student of the Ashesi University College in Accra, received the Overall Best Student award in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) from President Mahama and Council Chairperson, Dr. Evelyn Kandakai.

Ms. Awudzi and Ms. Anno-Mensah the first and second runners-up are students of the University of Ghana Medical School, Legon in Accra.

In his address, President Mahama commended WAEC for adopting ICT to conduct its examinations and other activities as well as the introduction of the BECE re-sit examination for out of school candidates who are desirous of gaining admission into senior high schools.

He urged WAEC not to rest on its oars in trying to eradicate examination malpractices so as not to deprive the job market of honest human resources.

The President commended the three students, their parents and teachers and all stakeholders in education for making Ghana proud and urged parents to go the extra mile to inculcate the right moral excellence among their children.

Addressing the gathering earlier, the Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemeng, urged students to trust their own efforts and avoid examination malpractices.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang noted that Ghana has a good educational system describing the quality as strong. She however urged all stakeholders in the sector to work to make it stronger. Adding that “whatever the issue education is the anwer”.

She commended the Government of Ghana for allocating about 30% of the national budget to the education sector alone against UNESCO’s recommendation of 20%.

The Minister commended teachers, non-teaching staff and parents of the three students for their collective contributions to the excellent performance put up by the students.

Under the criteria for the awards, only candidates with a minimum of eight (8) Grade A1s at one sitting, without any hint of impropriety, are eligible for consideration.


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