This was exhibited at the finals of the “2016 Ho-West Basic Schools’ Annual Quiz Competition”, instituted by Mr Emmanuel Bedzrah, the Member of Parliament (MP), towards halting the poor performance of candidates in the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE).
A total of 64 JHSs in that District took part in the elimination series, out of which Abutia-Kloe E.P. JHS, Dzolokpuita D.A. JHS, Tsito R.C JHS and Kpedze-Awlime R.C. JHS emerged as finalists.
This year’s competition, held in partnership with the District Education Directorate, the District Assembly and Ngorli, an NGO in Education, was under the theme, “Improving Quality through Competition.”
Mr Benard Seshie, the Volta Regional Coordinator of Ngorli, said the organisation would sponsor a tablet computer for the winner, as part of the package of awards for next year.
The competition, which tested the contestants’ abilities in General Science, English Language, Mathematics, General Knowledge and a “Problem of the Day” was to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the pupils and engender competition among them.
Science emerged as the easiest segment of the competition for all the contesting schools as the contestants answered almost all their major questions with ease, while they were urged on with prolonged applause from their teachers and the audience.
Kpedze-Awlime JHS scored 22 out of the 24 maximum points, followed by Tsito RC JHS with 18 points; while Abutia-Kloe JHS and Dzolokpuita D.A JHs scored 13 points each.
Kpedze-Awlime R.C. JHS topped the “Class” with a total of 74 points and took the winning trophy, a Dell Desk-top Computer, UPS system; and printer and certificates.
Tsito R.C, JHS came second and took away certificates, Dell Desk-Top Computer and Printer while Dzolo-Kpuita D.A. JHS came third and also took away certificates and a refurbished Desk-Top Computer
Mr Bedzrah announced a bursary for each of the three contestants for Kpedze-Awlime R.C. JHS tenable at any Senior High School or Senior High Technical School in the District.
Each of the competing schools however showed major weaknesses in mathematics.
Kpedze-Awlime R.C. JHS best performer in mathematics scored 11 out of 24 maximum points at stake.
That School also topped in the Mathematics -based “Problem of the Day”, with nine points out of 20.
Mr Charles Ewoade, District Chief Executive, described the initiative by Mr Bedzrah as the “icing on the cake”, and announced that the competition would be extended to the Senior High Schools next year.
He said the Assembly would adopt the competition in 2018.
Mr Ewoade said the fact that Tsito Old JHS last year’s overall winner, but was eliminated in the first round of this year’s competition showed how keen the competition had become.
The District, from which JHS students could hardly make it to any SHS previously, has since the introduction of the completion been able to see a number of students making it to Senior High School.
In January 2014, media reports indicated that About 500 children of schoolage in 10 communities in the Ho-West District of the Volta Region had no access to education because their parents have illegally settled in the Kalakpa Forest Reserve in the Abutia Traditional Area, where social amenities were non-existent.
Since then, many interventions are being implemented the district and central government levels to improve upon the situation.
According to the ghanadistricts.gov.gh, the Local Government Ministry’s official site, the Ho West District is one of the 25 districts in the Volta Region of Ghana.
It was established by the Legislative Instrument (LI) 2083 of 2012. It was carved out of Ho Municipality in January 2012 and inaugurated in June, 2013.
Home to the Amedzofe Mountain, its District’s capital is Dzolokpuita.
The state of educational infrastructure at the basic level, the official website said, required general maintenance works, while the schools lacked adequate library facilities and workshops for technical and vocational training.
The District has about 152 communities with some prominent ones being
Tsito, Kpedze, Anyirawase, Dededo, Dzolo Gbogame, Abuatia- Kloe, Abuatia-Teti, Avenui, Vane.
The 2010 Housing ad Population Census put the size of population size at 94,600, with the residents being mainly skilled workers in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and craft.