- 3 Ghanaian students sweep all excellence award, makes it 4th in a row
By Gabriel Dike
For the fourth year running, Ghanaian student made a clean sweep of the three prizes at the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) International excellence award for best candidates in the May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for the sub-region.
The award ceremony, organised in Accra, from March 15 to 18, was part of activities of the WAEC’s 64th Annual Council meeting in Ghana and was sponsored by the WAEC Endowment Fund. The event was declared open President John Mahama who also delivered the keynote address.
The three Ghanaian students who wrote the May/June 2015 WASSCE along side 1, 883,775million other candidates from The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia Nigeria and Sierra Leone swept all the three top awards at the event.
The winning of the award by Ghana students makes it the fourth in a row they have dusted Nigeria and the three other member countries. Ghana won the award in 2011 to 2015.
The Head of Public Affairs, WAEC headquarters in Accra, Mr. Abiodun Aduloju in statement made available to Daily Sun said the three candidates are from Wesley Girls’ High School, Cape Coast, Ghana. He explained that they received the WAEC excellence award for their outstanding performance.
According to him, the three super kids, all girls are Miss Jessica Ayeley Quaye (1st prize), who also won the Augustus Bandele Oyediran award for the best candidate in West Africa, Miss Ruth Ewura-Ama Awadzi (2nd position) and Miss Danielle Amo-Mensah (3rd prize).
Miss Quaye is currently a level 100 student of the Ashesi University College, while the other two candidates are also level 100 students of the University of Ghana Medical School, reading Medicine.
The council congratulated Ghana for winning the three prizes of excellence awards and the Augustus Bandele Oyediran award for four consecutive years (2012-2015).
President Mahama urged the council not to relent in the fight against examination fraud in order to safeguard the integrity of its examinations.
He commended the council for assisting member governments to achieve their goals and objectives in the education sector.
Registrar of the council, Dr. Iyi Uwadiae lauded all the secondary school teachers who worked as examiners, moderators, supervisors, invigilators to ensure the successful conduct of WAEC examinations in the sub region.
He assured the stakeholders in the education sector of the council’s willingness and readiness to collaborate with member governments and their agencies in the implementation of laudable initiatives that could expand access to quality education and enhance manpower production in West Africa.
The International award criteria stressed that to be considered eligible for excellence awards, a candidate must go through three selection stages, all candidates who have the minimum of eight grade “A1”s are eligible for consideration. This is in line with the regulation which stipulates that for the award of a WASSCE certificate, a candidate should register for a minimum of eight subjects. In the case of candidates with nine subjects, their best eight subjects would be used.