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04.12.2008 Education

Medical student adjudged overall Best student for WASSCE 2007

By GNA
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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

Certificate Examinations.
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

examinations.
The ceremony is the second in the series since Ghanaian students

joined their counterparts in other West African countries for

WASSCE.
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

in 2007.”
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.”

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