10 Students receive mayor’s awards

Mr Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah , AMA Boss

Mr Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah , AMA Boss

The Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah, has presented GH¢1000 each to 10 brilliant, but needy students within the Accra Metropolis for excelling at the 2017 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

The award ceremony was part of commemoration of the maiden edition of the Mayor’s Awards.

The beneficiaries are Akugre Salomey Atinma, formerly of John Evans Attah Mills Basic School and currently at St Roses SHS, Alhassan Atta Shaibu formerly of Kotobabi 7 JHS and now at Achimota SHS, Nartey Teye Raymond of Abeka 1 JHS and now at Presbyterian Boys SHS, Adisenu Stanley Edem Kwesi formerly of Abossey Okai Methodist JHS and now at Accra Academy.

The others are Agbeve Audrey Eyram of Achimota Basic A JHS and now at Achimota SHS, Sackey Jude Jerry from the St Augustine Anglican Basic School and now of Presbyterian Boys SHS, Amoo Regina of Kaneshie Awudome 1 JHS and now of Archbishop Porter Girls, Otonkunor Joshua of Mamprobi Sempe 1 JHS and now at Accra Academy, Nyarko Keziah Sarfoah of Odorkor Maclean Basic School and now at Okuapeman SHS and Obeng Tuffour Bernard Quaci Kesse from Odorkor 1 JHS (Kwashieman 2 Basic).

The Education Desk Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mr S. O. Awuku who presented the award on behalf of the Mayor at the School Performance Appraisal Meeting (SPAM), at the Holy Spirit Cathedral yesterday, indicated that, the maiden edition of the Mayor’s Awards was to recognise the brilliance of the students and to push them to greater heights as well as motivate students to write the 2018 BECE and excel.

He congratulated the award winners and encouraged them to work harder to excel in their various SHS exams and commended the teachers for their good work, urging them to call on the assembly in good time with their needs.

Mr Awuku indicated that the 17 out of the 27 AMA Millennium City Schools Project, had been completed and in use while the other 10 schools were still under construction.   He said that the two-block and 18-unit classroom block Millennium City Schools were well-equipped with libraries, sick bay, science laboratories, ICT labs with at least 21 computers, a staff common room among others.

He also lamented the fact that only one of the Millennium City Schools  among the top 20 schools in the metropolis excelled in the BECE and encouraged the students and teachers of the schools to put in more efforts to improve performance to justify the enormous resources put in the infrastructure.

According to the Metropolitan Director of Education, Mrs Margeret Frimpong-Kore, the directorate organises annual School Performance Appraisal Meetings with stakeholders in the metropolis to access the performance of the schools in the BECE to ascertain strengths and weaknesses of the schools in order to plan for the year ahead.

She explained that the 10 award winners were brilliant but needy students selected from public basic schools from the 10 sub metros of the Assembly after an interview.

Madam Frimpong-Kore urged teachers to teach their students how to learn and create an environment in the schools which would enable the students to learn after school.

According to a report on the performance of Schools in the 2017 BECE by the Ghana Education Service, out of the 23,740 candidates from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly who participated in the 2017 BECE, 66.9 per cent passed with aggregate six to 30. Out of that number, 54.4 per cent of students from public schools passed as against 80.1per cent passed from the private schools.

The Okaikoi North Sub Metro had the highest number of passes within the public schools category with a percentage of 64.8 while Ayawaso West Sub Metro had the highest number of passes in the private schools category with a percentage of 86.3.

 

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