President awardees call on Education Minister
The awardees of the President’s Independence Day Awards paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, at the Ministry yesterday.
The 36 awardees, four of whom were physically challenged, who were the best performing students in the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE), from the 16 regions of the country, visited the ministry ahead of the awards ceremony tomorrow.
A Deputy Minister of Education, in charge of General Education, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, who received the awardees on behalf of the minister, congratulated them on their brilliant performances.
He mentioned that the ministry was constantly following the progress of the students, who were currently in their second year in the senior high school.
The minister challenged the awardees to stir up their talents to the development of the nation, reminding them that they were receiving the award because “your score sheets came out the best within the various regions that you represented”.
Majority of the students, he said, were studying science and its related courses in the SHS and urged them to keep up their best academic performance and become problem solvers in the near future.
“What made you to be the best and brightest in BECE, may not just be enough to make you the best and brightest in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), so a lot more needs to be done and a lot more commitment from your side, needs to be exhibited,” he advised, adding that they should challenge themselves beyond their limits.
The Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Dr Kwabena Bempah Tandoh, who led the awardees, mentioned that the students comprised the best two students in each of the 16 regions of the country, the top two visually challenged students, and the top two hearing-impaired students, in the 2020 BECE.
The awards, he added, were supposed to have been presented last year, however, due to the COVID-19, all Independence Day activities could not be held.
He expressed appreciation to all teachers in the regions who invested in the students and helped them achieve the heights they had achieved and thanked Nestle Milo for sponsoring the awardees through all their activities.
An awardee, Ms Bernice, thanked the sponsors, the Ministry and GES, for their support.
She gave an assurance that she and her colleagues would do their best to make the ministry proud and contribute to the development of the nation.
Each of the awardees received souvenirs from the ministry.