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Jomoro district causes stir at Basic Awards, 2007

By James Harry Obeng


DIGNATARIES who thronged the National Theatre, last Saturday to witness the 2nd National Basic Education Awards  (NBEA) will have one experience etched on their memories; the astounding and unanticipated turn of developments that transformed the event into an all – pervasive Jomoro affair.


The sterling performance put up by basic schools in the Jomoro district of the Western Region in the 2007 nationwide Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) was not only to dumb-found the auditorium, but also to sweep away the greatest number of  enviable awards, regardless the stiffer competition offerd by the 30,000 basic schools scattering the country.


And not even the seeming upstage stirred by the St Andrew Junior High School (JHS), from the Ga East district in the Greater Accra Region, to claim the coveted award for the Best Public Basic School could sway the spotlight from the Jomoro district whose Member of Parliament (MP), Hon Lee Ocran, who never hesitated in quitting his seat to join the schools in collecting the awards up the dais.


The Twene D/C JHS, Bonyere Catholic School, Tikobo No. ‘1’ JHS, Takita JHS and Adusuaso JHS – all from the Jomoro district  — placed 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th respectively, in the ranking of the Top 10 publis schools, out of the 30,000 basic schools nationwide, that sat for the BECE in 2007. Additionally, and 9th Christ the King School and Peace International School would also cause yet another stir by placing fourth and 9th in the category of Top 10 private schools in the country.


The 2nd NBEA, organized by the Ayekoo Excellence Foundation in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES), recognized and honoured 80 basic schools nationwide in the private and public sector for their sterling performance in the 2007 BECE, whilst awarding the best four students who distinguished themselves in the exam.


The event also recognized six individuals for their contributions toward the development of basic education in the country. They were Mrs Serwaa Quainoo, founder of the Austism Centre, Mrs Naa Koale Dove, Principal of the Counselling and Dramatherapy Centre, Mr Kwasi Didianyor, Executive Director of International Foundation for Education and Self-Help and Mr Robert Asante, founder of the Ntiamoah Foundation.


The rest were Prof Kofi Gyimah Boadi, Executive Director of Centre for Democratic Development (CDD)-Ghana and Ms Alimatu Abdul Karim, the Programmes Manager of Ghana Society for the Blind, for serving as role models to children with special needs in Ghana.


In order of descendency, basic schools that made it up into the Top 10 public schools were St Andrews JHS (Ga East/Greater Accra), Twene D/C JHS, Bonyere Catholic School, Tikobo No.1 JHS, Takita JHS, Adusuaso JHS (all from the Jomoro district/ Western Region), Holy Child R/C JHS (Tema Municpality/Greater Accra), Ashanti Goldfields BIB Limited (Bibiani Anwiaso District/Western Region), Wajil Barracks ‘B’ JHS (Accra Metropolitan ) and the Ejisu Trinity Presbyterian (New Juaben/Eastern Region).


Also, schools that featured in the Top 10 private basic schools, in a descending order, were the Kwegyir Aggrey Memorial (Ga West/Greater Accra), St Augustines School (Obuasi Municipality/Ashanti), Glo Lamb International  (Tema Municipality/Greater Accra), Christ the King School (Jomoro District/Western), Marist School (Bosomtwe Atwima District/Ashanti), Vicande School (Kumasi Metropolitan/Ashanti), Corpus Christ (Tema Municipality/Greater Accra), Rect Academy,  Peace International School (Jomoro District/Western) and Golden Age School (Tema Municipality).


Ms Akwaboah Yaa Agyeiwaa of Vicande School, Kumasi and Mr Attigah Edem Bryan of Hohoe Sunrise Christian Preparatory received awards for being the Top male and female private school students in the 2007 BECE, whilst the Top male and female students in public schools went to Apenteng Nyaniba Abena and Abaidoo-Ayim Kofi, all from St Andrews No. ‘1’ School in Accra.




September 18, 2008 - Posted by | News

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