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Ghana’s performance in WAEC Excellence Award testament to Akufo-Addo’s legacy – Adutwum

The performance of Ghana in this year’s WAEC excellence award is a testament to President Akufo-Addo’s legacy in the education sector, the Minister of Education Dr Yaw Adutwum has said.

Ghana last Tuesday swept all the top three International Excellence Awards instituted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to honour candidates with outstanding performance at the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

It was an all-boys affair as they mounted the podium last Tuesday to receive the award at this year’s Council Meeting in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Out of the three Ghanaian students who took the prestigious award, it was once again St James Seminary towering all, having picked two of the topmost awards of the 2023 WASSCE written by a total of 2,327,342 candidates from the five-member countries of the council.

Speaking at the official launch of the Ghana Smart Schools project on Monday (25 March) in Accra, Adutwum said “Last year, two out of three high performing WASSCE students from West Africa were from Ghana, two came from a very unique school in Bono; St James High School and Seminary.”

“This year, the three topmost students from West Africa, all came from Ghana and once again two of them came from St. James and one from Labone Senior High School, this is the legacy of the Nana Akufo-Addo government,” he added.

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Amo-Kodieh Leonard Kofi Marton, formerly of St James Seminary Senior High School (SHS), who is currently reading Medicine at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, was adjudged the overall winner. He topped with a score of 623.5512.

Dzandu Selorm, formerly of the Labone SHS, now a medical student at the KNUST, took the second spot with a score of 623.1882, while another former St James Seminary SHS student, Daniel Asenso-Gyambibi, currently at the Ashesi University took the third place with 622.4438.

To be considered eligible for an Excellent Award, a candidate must obtain a grade A1 in at least eight subjects, including English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Health Sciences and Integrated Science as well as one subject category of the core subjects.

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