The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) Basic School in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality of the Western Region has retained its title as champions, at the end of the 5th annual edition of the Western Region Independence Day inter-district JHS Quiz Competition held on Wednesday in Tarkwa.
The defending champions beat their close contenders, Christ Leading International School, from Ellembele with 82 points as against 77 points, with Peace International School from Jomoro Municipal placing third with 76 points.
The winners took away a trophy, a brand new HP laptop, a Canon three-in-one multipurpose printer, medals, and textbooks (Maths, Science, English and ICT) and to each participant, plaques and certificates were presented.
The first and second runners- up each received a brand new HP laptop, medals, textbooks (Maths, Science, English and ICT).
In all, 11 schools representing their respective metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs), namely Ahanta West, two time champions; Nzema East, maiden champions; Ellembelle, Jomoro, Takoradi Metro, Effia Kwesimintsim Municipal, Shama District, Wassa East District, Mpohor District, Tarkwa Nsuaem and Prestea Huni Valley participated in the competition and each participant received textbooks, plagues and certificates, Student Companions and mathematical sets.
The chairman for the occasion, Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II, paramount chief of Wassa Amenfi traditional area, commended the students for exhibiting their academic intelligence and urged them to remain focused in their educational endeavours to enable them to become responsible citizens in future.
He tasked the teachers to adhere to the standards of the educational ethics and refrain from all activities that jeopardised their profession.
Mr Gilbert Asmah, Municipal Chief Executive of Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Assembly on behalf of the Western Regional Minister, commended the organisers for putting together such a laudable programme to improve the performance of students in the various districts in the Western Region.
He noted that promoting the historical values of Ghana through education and quiz competitions, among the basic schools in the region, was an ideal platform for growth and development in the country.
The MCE urged all assemblies and all district education directors to enforce measures and standards in the various schools to promote the educational level in the region.
Mr Addo Dankwa Akuffo, Western Regional Director of Education, congratulated participants for their active participation and lauded sponsors for supporting the educational sector of the region.
He pleaded with the teachers to include questions which would make the students think critically before they responded to develop their mental skills.