13.03.2005 Regional News

Akwatia GCD L/A JSS wins President's award third time

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Akwatia, March 13, GNA - Master Kenneth Amoah, an SSS one student of the Presbyterian Boy's Secondary School, Legon and former student of Akwatia GCD Local Authority (L/A) Junior Secondary School (JSS) won this year's Eastern Region male student award of the President's Independence Anniversary Special Award scheme. This is the third time the Akwatia GCD L/A JSS has produced the male winner in Eastern Region since it was instituted for excellent performance in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BSCE).

In 2001 Master Owura Dei-Anane from the school now in SSS three at the Presbyterian Boys Secondary School, Legon was the winner while in 2003, Master Samuel Brenya Sanful of the same school now an SSS two student of Mfantsipim Secondary School, Cape Coast emerged the best male student in the region. Every year, on the eve of Independence Day celebrations, the President presents his special award to 20 best students, a boy and a girl from each of the ten regions based on the previous year's performance at the BSCE.

Mr Kester Ansah-Boateng, Headmaster of the Akwatia GCD, L/A JSS attributed the performance to the selflessness and dedication of the teachers. He said the school aspired to be the best or among the best in the country given the preparedness of the teachers to do their best to ensure excellent performance by the pupils. The Headmaster said pupils and teachers report for classes at 6.45 a.m. while the form three students closed between 4.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m.

Mr Ansah-Boateng explained that, whenever the Chief Examiner's report was received, the staff noted the mistakes of the students and took measures to avoid them. Also when the BECE results were received, the staff found out subjects the students did not perform well and if a subject teacher had a problem, the staff jointly helped to find solutions. The award winner received a certificate, a three-year scholarship to cover boarding and lodging currently valued at seven million cedis and one million cedis cash out of which 200,000 cedis was to be used for books and a special book prize.

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