Sonrise Christian High School, a private school in Ho, has marked its eighth graduation, with the launch of the “Dogbega Scholarship Scheme” for students who attain aggregate six to eight in the Basic Education Certificate Examination.
Mr Cletus Benyebaar, the School’s administrator, who launched the scheme, said besides BECE performance, awardees must continue to show excellent academic work throughout the course, be disciplined, and be in dire need to maintain the scholarship.
He said applicants must fill a form and present a one-page essay justifying why they needed the award.
The GH¢ 10,000 annual “Dogbega Scholarship Scheme”, was instituted by Rockson Dogbegah, an entrepreneur.
Mr Benyebaar in his report said, “as much as it may sound good to parents that the computer has selected their wards, students with weak fundamentals in deprived schools, have little to no chance of passing the WASSCE.”
He appealed to the government to forge stronger partnerships with the private schools across the country in their effort to deliver quality education to the people.
“Private high schools are not competitors with public high schools,” he said.
“We are partners and, therefore, we deserve better recognition as we work to improve education in Ghana”.
Mr Benyebaar said the school was able to compete keenly with the best public schools in all areas, with an average BECE admission of aggregate 30 and above.
He said 60 per cent of its students made it into a tertiary institution within the first year of graduation.
Ms Susana Kudjoe, an entrepreneur, who was the guest speaker, urged the students to survey their environments for opportunities for self-employment.
However, Togbe Akliku Ahoney II, Volta Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who presided over the ceremony, urged the school to review the benchmark because it would be difficult to get beneficiaries as the school, largely admitted students out of that bracket.
Togbe Ahoney suggested that the awards be given out in the second year, but with retrospective effect from the first year, thus open to both good performers at the BECE and also in the School’s examinations.