The Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, hosted this year’s Presidential awardees in an atmosphere of merrymaking at the Christ the King Catholic Church in Accra.
The Presidential Award Winners’ luncheon, organised under the auspices of the sector ministry, was aimed at creating a platform for the awardees to interact with each other and their relatives and to refresh themselves after the award ceremony, which took place at the Banquet Hall earlier in the morning.
The awardees included 60 best candidates of the 2016 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), who beat all odds to come out of the examination with remarkable results.
Dr. Prempeh congratulated the awardees and wished them well in their studies.
He acknowledged their unrelenting efforts and urged them to sustain what they had started.
Dr. Prempeh also commended their parents and teachers for moulding and guiding the awardees to reach such heights saying, “what all were witnessing was as a result of hard work of their parents and teachers”.
The Chief Director at the Ministry of Education, Mr. Enoch Cobbinah, congratulated the award winners “for making all of us proud,” adding, “we associate ourselves with your performance”.
He advised them to see the award as just the beginning of their academic journey since they had their whole life ahead of them.
Mr. Cobbinah praised their teachers for their role in ensuring that the children achieved such a great feat.
An elated parent, Mrs. Stella Mensah, said “the experience is a life-long one,” and reminded children that hard work pays “as witnessed by all today”.
Asked how she felt when she was informed about his daughter’s performance, she said it was amazing because though her daughter had performed well and was in a Senior High School (SHS) of her choice, her selection came to the family as a surprising news.
One of award winners who shared his happiness with the Ghanaian Times, thanked God for the opportunity to be part of the award winners.
Mohammed Abdul-Basit of Tamale SHS was grateful to God for His protection and their teachers, whose guidance and effort had propelled them to the limelight.
He encouraged students to always take their studies serious, adding that it was only through hard work that they could succeed.
Mohammed advised students to resist peer pressure and concentrate on their books because that was the only way to get to the top.
He further thanked God for seeing them through their basic school and for making them part of the winners of the award.
By Charles Amankwa