JOHN G. GATSI ANNUAL EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS FOR JHS AND SHS STUDENTS FROM THE KETU NORTH DISTRICT OF THE VOLTA REGION

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The Chairman, Guest  Speaker, The District Chief Executive, Hon. Member of Parliament for the Ketu North Constituency, Hon. Assembly Members, Officials from the District Education Directorate, Opinion Leaders , Executives of the Ketu North District Tertiary Students Union of Ghana, Head Teachers, Award Winners, invited guests, Torgbuiwo , Mamawo, Ladies and Gentlemen, all protocols observed. Stakeholder commitment to improve learning and teaching in Junior and Senior High Schools in the Ketu North District of the Volta Region is critical.  Proper stakeholder collaboration is the only option if we want to deal with the current abysmal performance of students, especially at the basic level. Provision of educational infrastructure and quality training of teachers are key factors in ensuring quality education but self motivation, discipline and competitive environment for learning and teaching must form the pillars on which we build any productive educational system.  It is important we remind our younger brothers and sisters that education provides them with the tools to compete for economic, social and political space in the future.

Ladies and Gentlemen, democratic governance, culture, tradition, peace, security, community and national development  are better promoted through improved education at all levels.

Mr. Chairman, it is important to indicate that the level of stakeholder commitment to education in general in the district is not the best and if the trend continuous then the future of the young ones will be bleak. There is the need to promote stakeholder activism in the District so that the idea that the performance of a child in School is the sole responsibility of Teachers and Educational Authorities give way to focused collaboration.

Ladies and Gentlemen the report of the 2nd competition held on 28th October, 2011 at Weta Secondary School must create a lot of concern for all of us.

REPORT OF 2ND JOHN G. GATSI ANNUAL EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD COMPETITION- OCTOBER 2011

The competition covered Mathematics, English Language and Integrated Science and Social Studies. The competition was held on 28th, October, 201 at Weta Senior High School.

In all, twenty –seven (27) Junior High Schools (JHS) and Three (3) Senior High Schools participated. Fifty four (54) JHS students participated and eighteen (18) SHS students participated.  The competition was structured such that two promising students each were presented by the participating Schools.

The results of the competition will strengthen our believe that stakeholder collaboration is the key.

Examination

The examination questions in all the papers were set by seasoned examiners. In order to ensure objectivity, all the examiners were chosen outside the region and their identities were not disclosed.

Observation

We have observed that some Schools did not participate in the competition with excuse that their students were not up to the task. With over 25% of basic schools obtaining 0% in the 2011 BECE, it is only proper to allow students to participate in this competition. We were encouraged that some teachers took interest in the question papers to discuss with their classes after the competition.

In the 2011 competition, few private basic Schools participated; however, none of the students from these Schools has won an award.

JHS Category

Mathematics:

The standard of the paper was assessed to be good and the questions were appropriate for the competition. There were no ambiguous questions and the marking scheme was reasonable and appropriate for the competition. The Examiners noted that questions at the final levels indicate that attention should be paid to some topics which are becoming neglected by both Teachers and Students. As a result they were guided accordingly in setting the questions. We set 20% of the questions based on the first year syllabus, 60% and 20% based on second and third years respectively.

Only Ahiadzo Dora from Bagome Basic School scored 50% in Mathematics. This implies only one student passed Mathematics and that the rest who are equally the best students in their respective Schools did not pass the Mathematics paper. The average score in Mathematics is 25% against 27% last year .This indicates serious weakness in Mathematics bearing in mind that the Schools presented their best candidates in the examinations.

English Language

The highest score was 57% against 79% last year. The highest score was obtained by Hattoh Elijah from Ehi Kaledzi EP Basic School. Only five (5) students scored 50% and above. However, the average score of 43% is marginally better than the average score of 41% for last year.

Integrated Science

Akpah Godwin of Afife Dziehe scored 74% as the highest against  66%  for last year .In all, nine (9) students scored 50% and above. The average score is 33%. The examiners identify inability to label scientific diagrams as the main weakness.

Social Studies

Ahiadzo Dora scored 71% as the highest followed by Hattoh Elijah who scored 70%. Twenty (20) students scored 50% and above. The average score was 43%

Performance of Award Winners

In all, six students will be awarded. What is disturbing is that only two of them passed in three subjects. Four of them passed in only two subjects and with the exception of Ahiadzo Dora, all of them failed Mathematics. The highest score of 74% was recorded in Integrated Science by Akpah Godwin of Afife Dziehe and followed by 71% in Social Studies by Ahiadzo Dora of Bagome Basic School.

Ahiadzo Dora  scored  223  out of 400, Akpah Godwin scored 218 out of 400, Mileba Godwin scored 209 out of 400. Hattoh Eliya scored 205 out of 400.Ahiaho Mawuli scored 197 out of 400 while Galley Christian scored 196 out of 400. This means only four of the award winners passed and only 7.5% of all participants passed.

Mr. Chairman, we have noted with great difficulty that fifteen (15) schools in the District scored 0%, with no school obtaining aggregate 6 in the last BECE results. Only 17 students in the whole Ketu North District obtain between aggregate 7- 15. We have come to the conclusion that the 7.5% pass rate in the competition maybe a true reflection of what we should expect in the next BECE results.  Only 27.5% passed with aggregate 6-30 in the BECE.

Mr. Chairman, this performance is a treat to the prospects of the District. I humbly appeal to the District Directorate of Education, the District Assembly, Teachers, Parents, Chiefs and Opinion leaders to tackle the problem now to mitigate the dangerous consequences that await us. Last year 14% passed the competition but this year we are talking about 7.5%. Last year about 44% passed in the BECE examinations but this year we are talking about 27.5%.

Since two candidates represented each school, the total score for each School was used to determine the performance of the Schools.

Bagome Basic School scored a total of 418 out of 800 to emerge the best School per the competition.

SHS Category

In all three Schools participated in the competition. Dzodze-Penyi Senior High did not participate in the 2011 competition.

The performance in all the subjects is very poor. Only one Student from Weta Senior High School passed in one subject (Social Studies). All the participants failed the English Language paper and only Adatsievor Famous of Wovenu Secondary Technical School passed  the Integrated Science paper with a score 53% . Only Adatsievor Famous and Havor Etsey Edward passed the Core Mathematics paper.

In all it is only Adatsievor Famous who passed three papers with a total score of 229 out of 400 ie 57.3%.

Havor Etsey passed in two subjects with a total score of 183 out of 400 ie 45.8%

Havor Atsu passed in only one subject with a total of 182 out of 400 ie 45.5%

Declaration of Award Winners

FIRST POSITION

AHIADZO DORA – BAGOME BASIC SCHOOL, DZODZE

SECOND POSITION

AKPAH GODWIN- AFIFE DZIEHE BASIC SCHOOL

THIRD POSITION

MILEBA DICKSON GODWIN- R.C DEMONSTRATION JHS, DZODZE

FOURTH POSITION

HATTOH ELIYA-     EHI KALEDZI   E.P BASIC SCHOOL

FIFTH 

AHIAHO MAWULI-     FIAGBEDU JHS, DZODZE

SIXTH

GALLEY CHRISTIAN-   NEW AVALAVI JHS

THE BEST FEMALE STUDENT

AHIADZO DORA

THE BEST SCHOOL – BAGOME BASIC SCHOOL

SHS

FAMOUS ADATSIEVOR  –        WOVENU SENIOR HIGH TECHNICAL SCHOOLHAVOR ETSEY EDWARD          – AFIFE  SENIOR HIGH TECHNICAL SCHOOLHAVOR ATSU CHRISTIAN  –      AFIFE  SENIOR HIGH TECHNICAL SCHOOL

 The Way Forward

In order to enhance the competitiveness of the project, each participating School will be required to present five (5) students to include two females.

The Next Competition will take place in October 2012 with some modifications

This year some monetary support is provided for the best student in the competition.

We wish to thank the District Director of Education and his team for the support, Mr. Francis Gatsi, Mr. Fred Afenu, Mr. Daniel Obeng, Dr. Clement Hammah, Miss Mercy Dadson, Mr. Charles Bugri, Ms. Agnes Dadzie, Zipui , Mr. Cornelious Avudzivi and those who have encouraged us in many ways.

Thank you all.

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