The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) Basic School in the Tarkwa Nsuaem municipality have been crowned the new champions of the 2019 annual fourth edition of the Western Region Independence Day inter-district JHS quiz competition, held at Takoradi last Saturday.
The new champions grabbed 46 points to beat the two-time defending champions Abura GREL M/A Basic School from the Ahanta West municipality, who placed sixth.
BOPP from the Mpohor District was first runner-ups with 40 points, with Christ Leading International School from Essiama in the Ellembelle District also placing third with 38 points.
St Anthony of Padua Catholic JHS from the Effia Kwesimintsim municipality emerged as the fourth with 37 points and SIPL from the Wassa East took the fifth position with 36 points.
The Golden Star International School, Bogoso from the Prestea Huni-Valley placed seventh with nine points, Modern Educational Complex from Jomoro placed eighth with nine points, Christ the King from Nzema East placed ninth with six points, VRA International School from Shama District placed tenth with six points and Badu Addo from STMA placed eleventh with three points. The seventh to eleventh schools all took home plaques and textbooks for their MMDAs.
The winners took away cash prizes, trophies, laptop, Maths, Science, English and ICT textbooks, gold medals, and plaques.
The participants were quizzed on areas spanning history, culture, ICT, entertainment and general knowledge.
This year’s edition witnessed eleven participating schools and MMDAs from Ahanta West; defending champions, Nzema East, Ellembelle, Jomoro, Takoradi Metro, Effia, Shama, Wassa East, Mpohor, Tarkwa Nsuaem and Prestea Huni- Valley.
The 2019 annual Independence day quiz was under the distinguished auspices of Awulae Amihere Kpanyinle III, Vice President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs, Obrempon Hima Dekyi XIV, Omanhene of Upper Dixcove, executive chairman of the planning committee and the Ghana Education Service, Mr Jasper Musadaidzwa, Managing Director of Anglogold Ashanti and Mr Ernest K. Osafo, General Manager of Takoradi International Company (TICO & TAQA).
The chairman for the occasion and Vice President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs Awulae Amihere Kpanyinli III lauded the organisers for the good initiative and urged sponsors to continue supporting the good cause in order to help sustain it as one of the flagship annual programmes of the Western Region.
He admonished the students to maintain discipline in their respective academic endeavours to enable them become responsible and useful to the society.
On his part, Executive Chairman for the organising planning committee, Obrempon Hima Dekyi XIV, in his remarks commended sponsors and donors of the event, namely Ghana Gas, TAQA, VRA, MTN, Anglogold Ashanti, Aker Energy, NEZO Oilfields Supplies Ltd, African Mining Services (AMS), Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority, Ghana Rubber Estate, Oceaneering, BBS Engineering Ltd, REF Engineering, Best Western Plus Atlantic Hotel, Planters Lodge Hotel, Indomie Instant Noodles, Joy Oilfield Services, Members of Parliament (MPs) for Ellembelle, Tarkwa Nsuaem, Prestea Huni-Valley, Takoradi and Mpohor as well as MMDAs of Tarkwa Nsuaem, Ahanta West and Prestea Huni-Valley.
He underscored that the competition was aimed to develop the critical abilities and build team work among the students, adding that the schools were selected based on their performance in the BECE.
Obrempon Hima, who doubles as the Paramount Chief of Upper Dixcove added that the Independence Day quiz project competition was to revive patriotism among the youths, remind them of the contribution of some great Ghanaian leaders and people worthy of emulation.
Mr Jasper Musadaidzwa, Managing Director of Anglogold lauded the organisers for putting together the competition, adding, this is an educative and exciting programme as it tests the students on Ghana’s rich history and current affairs.
Mr Ernest K. Osafo, General Manager of Takoradi International Company (TICO & TAQA) commended the chiefs of the region for their visionary initiatives and pledged his outfit’s continuous support in future endeavours.
The Regional Director of Education, whose speech was read on his behalf commended the initiative by the chiefs and the organisers and called for stronger partnership to help sustain the inter-district quiz project.
Mr Peter Bediako, the head of Public Relations of the GPHA said education remained the only tool in changing one’s poor state into a better state, and this was the motivation for the GPHA to produce various textbooks in support of government’s free SHS programme.