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WASSCE Awards 2015

Three former students of Wesley Girls’ High school on 10th March 2016 were honoured for their outstanding performance in the WASSCE 2015. The Chairman of the occasion was in the person of Mr. Jacob A.M. Kor who is the Director General of the Ghana Education Service.

The breakdown of the Award is given below:

  • Jessica Ayele Quaye, overall best student in West Africa.
  • Ruth Awudzi, 2nd overall best student in West Africa.
  • Danielle Amo Mensah, 3rd overall best student in West Africa.

 

The Minister of Education, Hon. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang was the Guest Speaker.In his welcome address, the Head of the National office of WAEC Ghana, Very Rev. Dr. Sam Oledu educated all present about the mission of WAEC which was the “Encouraging of Academic and Moral Excellence”. He also commented that Ghana is the only country to have won all three International WAEC Excellence Awards four times in a row.  He also “vehemently refuted” the public opinion that WAEC constantly failed students and cancelled their papers as a money-making scheme. He said that The Distinction Award Ceremony was a testament to the fact that WAEC was not looking forward to the downfall of students as a means of filling their pockets, but wanted the success of students.

WASSCE Awards 2015

According to the statistics he delivered, a total of 268,812 students sat for the WASSCE in the year2015. This included 139,868 male candidates and 128,944 female candidates. The total number of students was from 849 schools. 112 students made 8A1’s: 98 General Science Students, 7 General Arts student and 7 Business students. 50.9% of the students obtained grades from A1 through to C6 in English Language, 24% made grades A1 to C6 in Mathematics as against 32.4% last year, 23.3% obtained grades A1 to C6 as against 28.7% last year. 
According to him the chief examiners’ report for the various subjects were distributed to all schools as a means of correcting the students. He however lamented that these concerns had not been addressed and hence the continuous failure of students. He continued by outlining some problem areas which included Trigonometry, Geometry and Word problems in Mathematics, essay writing in English and the lack of the ability to translate information into requisite Mathematical statements. He insisted that students be constantly sensitized about the use of short-hand in writing.  He also entreated students to plan their time well.  In the 2015 WASSSCE, 12289 students lost some of their subject results, 457 students had their results cancelled, 5 schools were demobilized for cheating and 119 schools were caught cheating in the objective exam. Finally, he spoke about The Item Differential Program (IDP),a software the council intends to use in subsequent examinations which will be conducted to apprehend individuals who engage in examination malpractices. He ended his speech by assuring the public that there will be no leakages on the side of WAEC in the subsequent examinations.

WASSCE Awards 2015

The Guest Speaker, The Minister of Education, in her keynote address revealed that the Distinction Awards was instituted under the WAEC endowment fund. Her passion and happiness lie in the hope evident in parents who get their children ready every morning for school. She called on all and sundry to keep this flame burning as it was needed if Ghanaian children were going to attain an education. She ended by congratulating the schools which had made Ghana proud by producing such learned award winning individuals.

Danielle Amo Mensah a former student of Wesley Girls’ High School was honoured for being the 3rd overall best student in WASSCE 2015. She was given a certificate of honor and $400 as a prize. Her award was presented to the Deputy Director of Public Affairs. Next was Ruth Ewurama Awadzi also a former student of Wesley Girls’ High School for being the 2ndoverall best student in the WASSCE 2015. Rebecca Gyamfi Koranteng, another former student of Wesley Girls’ High School was awarded with $100 and a certificate for being the best candidate in the business Program. John Kojo Junior Owusu, a former student of Mfantsipim School was awarded the overall best student in the General Arts programme. He was presented with an amount of $100 and a certificate. Finally, Jessica Quaye, another former student of Wesley Girls’ High School was awarded with a sum of $1000 for being the overall best in the General Science Program and the overall best candidate in WASSCE 2015. She was also given a certificate of honour. Schools of the awardees were given plaques for producing such students. Thus Wesley Girls’ High School swept away five plaques and Mfantsipim School obtained one.The Chief Executive officer of Universal Merchant Bank presented each of the awardees with a laptop and souvenirs from the bank to aid them in their tertiary education. The overall best student was also awarded with a full scholarship to any university of her choice in Ghana.

The Wesley Girls’ trio were honoured again a few days later at the WAEC formal opening of the 64thannual council meeting to commemorate the International awards. The ceremony was an elite affair with dignitaries from the five member countries; Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Liberia, and Nigeria in attendance.In an address by the Registrar to Council, He revealed that out of about 1,200,000 students who sat for the WASSCE 2015, 146 students made 8A1’s, 112 of which were from Ghana and 34 from Nigeria. 

His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama, in his address to the audience expressed pride in the fact that for four years running, students of Ghana have obtained all three of the WAEC excellence awards and for this particular year, all three students were girls from one school. He together with the honorable minister of education, also an old girl, lauded Wesley Girls’ High School for producing such excellent students.

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WASSCE Awards - 2015

Report by: Akosua Mantebea Boampong - 2S4