Mr. Kwame Akoi, a medical student at the
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, was on
Thursday adjudged the overall best candidate for the 2007 West
African Senior Secondary Examination Certificate (WASSCE).
He was also named the best candidate in the General Science
programme and received 550 U.S dollars and two certificates for his
award while Achimota School, his alma mater, received two plaques
for producing an excellent student.
Mr Akoi, born on December 16 1989 and a native of Larteh
Akwapim in the Eastern Region, is the son of a former staff of the
West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) who died in an accident
while travelling from Wa to Accra on an official assignment.
He also placed second in the whole of West Africa and will
represent Ghana next year during the Council meeting to take his
award at the regional level.
Mr Akoi is therefore the first Ghanaian to take an award at the
regional level since Ghana joined counterpart West African countries
from Nigeria, Sierra Leona and The Gambia in the Senior School
Other award winners are Ms Theophiline Bose-Duker, a former
student of Wesley Girls High School who was adjudged the second
overall best student and the best candidate in the General Arts
programme and Ms Nana Akua Frimpomaa Amofa, an old student
of Holy Child School, who was also adjudged the third overall best
candidate and the best candidate in the Business programme.
They received 500 and 450 U.S dollars respectively in addition to
two certificates and plaques to their alma mater.
The West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations
National Excellence Awards was established by the WEAC
Endowment Fund with an objective of providing prizes to candidates
who distinguish themselves in the Council's national and international
The ceremony is the second in the series since Ghanaian students
joined their counterparts in other West African countries for
Mrs Patience Ayesu, Head of the National Office at WAEC,
explained that to be eligible to receive an award from WEAC,
candidates must obtain a minimum of eight Grade A1s.
The awards are in three categories namely, the Excellence
Awards, Distinction Awards and the Merit Awards.
She said out of a total of 134,031 candidates who sat for the
May/June 2007 WASSCE only five satisfied the eligibility criterion
for the Excellence Awards and no candidates satisfied the criteria for
the Distinction and Merit Awards.
Mrs Ayesu expressed concern about the large number of failures
recorded in English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science
and spelt out a number of recommendations that the Chief Examiner
had made to reverse the downward trend in performance.
Among the recommendations is the need for teachers to put
emphasis on the correct use of English language, irrespective of the
subjects they teach, in order to help candidates become more
proficient in English.
“Candidates should be taught to identify the key demands of
questions and how to answer them,” she said, and urged candidates
to be aware of the benefits of adhering strictly to the rubrics and the
consequence of disregarding them.
Mrs Ayesu announced that the Council would be embarking on
inspection and monitoring of schools to help address the
inadequacies that tended to militate against effective teaching and
learning in schools.
Mr Samuel Bannerman-Mensah, Director General of the Ghana
Education Service, expressed happiness that the 2007 examinations
recorded fewer malpractices as compared to the 2006 examinations.
“While 9,872 candidates were involved in examination
malpractices in 2006, 4,101 candidates were involved in malpractices
He said the Council had taken a decision to publish the names of
students who engaged in exams malpractices next year.
The GES boss expressed worry about the registration of
unqualified candidates and cautioned heads of Junior and Senior
High schools to stop the practice since it led to falsification of
continuous assessment scores.
While congratulating the award winners, Mr Bannerman-Mensah
urged students preparing to take the May/June 2009 examinations to
resolve to do better than their predecessors.
“We also need to commend the parents of our awardees who
have obviously performed their supervisory and supportive roles to
the best of their abilities.”