Ghana has won all three of the highest International Excellence awards given out by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), which recognizes candidates who excel in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Master Cecil Tetteh Kumah, formerly of Mfantsipim Senior High School, was named the Overall Best Student in the 2020 WASSCE, which was written by over two million students from five nations.
He received a total of 650.1328 points.
Master Kumah is currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science at Columbia University in the United States.
Master Kumah was rewarded with a $1,500 check for winning West Africa.
Mr Godfred Aseda Obeng of Hope College in Gomoa Fete was named the second overall best student. Currently, he works at the University of Ghana.
Mr Godfred Aseda Obeng (left), the 2nd prize winner of the International Excellence Award for WASSCE Candidates, 2020, is presented with a certificate by Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa (right), Director-General of the Ghana Education Service.
Master Obeng received $1,200 for placing second with a total score of 625. 6953, while Ms Afua Manukure Ansah, who won Overall Third Best, received a total score of 624. 640.
Miss Ansah, who is currently a student at Cornell University in the United States, was awarded $900.
Dr. John Anum Sackey, a former Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Cape Coast and Central University, as well as a Chief Examiner of Literature in English and Oral English, received the Distinguished Friend of Council Award.
He received a plaque as part of his award.
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had earlier congratulated the three on their achievements, stating that “the three award winners are Ghanaians who are beneficiaries of the free SHS scheme.”
He encouraged future candidates in the area to take note of the three’s achievements.
President Akufo-Addo also expressed concern about the high rate of examination malpractices, especially the leakage of examination questions, stating that the threat must be taken seriously and addressed immediately.
This, according to the President, hampered quality evaluations and eroded public confidence in the council’s examinations.
As a result, he has called for comprehensive legislation to be implemented to stop the activity.
“The government is working with WAEC to help curb examination malpractices in hana,” President Akufo-Addo said.
According to him, this would ensure that Ghanaian children were competitive while also maintaining the credibility of the country’s examinations.
Putting money into WAEC
Mr. Baboucarr Bouy, the Chairman of the Council, thanked Ghana for supporting the council’s work and education in the sub-region.
Other governments, he said, should invest of the councils in their own countries.
Mr Bouy emphasized the importance of assisting in the prevention of examination malpractice in the area.
Master Kumah and Master Obeng were thankful to God for bringing them this far.
The award’s criteria
Only candidates with a minimum of eight Grade A1s in one sitting, without any suggestion of impropriety, are eligible for the award.
The raw scores of the candidates are translated to T-scores, which are then used to rate them.
When time is of the essence, the candidates’ T-scores in their common subjects (English and Mathematics) are used.
If there is still a tie, the raw scores of the candidates in the core subjects are used, and if there is a further tie, the T-scores of the best remaining core subjects candidates are used.