The Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah, has presented GH1000 each to 10 brilliant but needy students within the Accra Metropolis who excelled in the 2017 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to commemorate the maiden edition of the Mayor’s Awards.
The beneficiaries were Akugre Salomey Atinma of St. Roses SHS, Alhassan Atta Shaibu of Achimota SHS, Nartey Teye Raymond of Presbytarian Boys SHS, Adisenu Stanley Edem Kwesi of Accra Acadamy.
The others were Agbeve Audrey Eyram of Achimota SHS, Sackey Jude Jerry of Presbytarian Boys SHS, Amoo Regina of Archbishop Porter Girls, Otonkunor Joshua of Accra Acadamy, Nyarko Keziah Sarfoah of Okuapeman SHS and Obeng Tuffour Bernard Quaci Kesse of St. Peters SHS.
The Education Desk Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mr. S. O. Awuku who presented the award on behalf of the Mayor at the School Performance Appraisal Meeting (SPAM) at the Holy Spirit Cathedral on Monday, indicated that, the maiden edition of the Mayor’s Awards was to recognize the brilliance of the students and to push them to greater heights and also motivate students about to write the 2018 BECE to excel.
He congratulated the award winners and encouraged them to work harder to excel in their various SHS exams and commended the teachers for their good work, urging them to call on the assembly in good time with their needs.
Mr. Awuku indicated that the 17 out of the 27 AMA Millennium City Schools Project had been completed and in use while the other 10 schools were still under construction. Adding that the 2-block and 18 unit classroom block Millennium City Schools were well equipped with libraries, sick bay, science laboratories, ICT labs with at least 21 computers, a staff common room among others.
He also lamented on the fact that only one of the Millennium City Schools were among the top 20 schools in the metropolis who excelled in the BECE and encouraged the students and teachers of the schools to put more efforts to improve performance to justify the enormous resources put in the infrastructure.
According to the Metropolitan Director of Education, Mrs. Margaret Frimpong-Kore, the directorate organizes annual School Performance Appraisal Meetings with stakeholders in the metro to access the performance of the schools in the BECE to ascertain strengths and weaknesses of the schools in order to plan for the year ahead.
She stressed that the 10 award winners were brilliant but needy students selected from public basic schools from the 10 sub metros of the Assembly after an interview.
Madam Frimpong-Kore urged teachers to teach their students how to learn and create an environment in the schools which enables students to learn after school. Adding that the job of a teacher is a community service.
According to a report on the performance of Schools in the 2017 BECE by the Ghana Education Service, out of the 23,740 candidates from the AMA who participated in the 2017 BECE, 66.9% passed with aggregate 6 to 30. Out of that number, 54.4% of students from public schools passed as against 80.1% passed from the private schools.
The Okaikoi North Sub Metro had the highest number of passes within the public schools category with a percentage of 64.8 while Ayawaso West Sub Metro had the highest number of passes in the private schools category with a percentage of 86.3.