A reading quiz competition aimed at improving the reading culture among students and pupils in the Biakoye District Assembly of the Volta Region, has been held among schools in the area.
The competition, which was held between the District Assembly (D/A) and the Evangelical Presbyterian Schools, was to test the reading abilities of the children following the provision of a new community library at Nkonya-Tepo by a philanthropist, who also initiated the inter-schools quiz.
Held in collaboration with the District Education Directorate, the reading contest was part of efforts towards enhancing the level of teaching and learning for improved academic performance in the schools.
Addressing the participants at the beginning of the contest held at Nkonya-Tepo at the weekend, the philanthropist, Mr. Robert Danso-Mensah, a retired diplomat, inspired the students to aspire to achieve high academic excellence.
Mr. Danso-Mensah, a former Minister Consular at Ghana’s High Commission in the UK, also advised the children to avoid tendencies and immoral acts that could jeopardise their education and future.
In addition, he asked students not be discouraged by examination failures, saying a failure in examination should not be considered the end of one’s education.
According to him, failure in examination does not mean the students or pupils were not academically inclined, indicating that several factors including poor health, financial instability, lack of peace at home, and poor teaching methods in schools, could lead to failures.
“There is always an opportunity to re-sit,” he told the students, adding that failure offers the best to perform better.
He cited a number of world business leaders and influential people who for one reason or the other, dropped out of college or failed their exams, but were not deterred by such failures and move on to become distinguished global citizens.
He believed failures and lack of financial support and educational materials should not be a barrier in securing quality education, and therefore urged stakeholders to support needy children.
The former diplomat who is also Executive Director of the Nkonya-Tepa Library announced plans for the introduction of a science, english and mathematics award for pupils and students in the area with special package for girls.
The idea, he said, was to encourage the girl child to take interest in the science and technical subjects.
“The era has come to encourage female students to take interest in their studies to break the myth that certain subjects are the preserve of male students,” he said.
In addition, he indicated that the library had taken delivery of computers and accessories from some institutions and urged the children in the area to actively patronise the facility.
The Biakoye District Director of Education, Madam Grace Abra Bonuedi, who moderated the competiton, advised the pupils to learn well to enable them to perform creditability in their final examination.
He also entreated teachers in the district to give off their best so that final year students can score very good grades.
Awards packages consisting of exercise and reading books, pens and pencils, were presented to all participants.
By Francis Asamoah Tuffour