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2011 best WASSCE student honoured by alma mater

Miss Abena Antwiwaa Ann-Sakyi, a former student of Wesley Girls SHS, who was recently adjudged the overall best candidate for Ghana and West Africa in the May/June 2011 West Africa Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), has been honoured by her alma mater at the basic school level.

Crown Prince Academy, where Miss Ann-Sakyi completed her Junior High School education in 2007, honoured her for her consistent excellent performance and for being a good ambassador of the school at the schools 9th graduation ceremony on Saturday in Accra where 98 pupils who wrote this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination were graduated.

The Headmaster of the Crown Prince Academy, Mr Joseph Appiah Addo decried the level of foul language in the meida, incidentally, being patronized by the country’s politicians.

He noted that most of the politicians we hear on daily basis have failed to distinguish themselves as role models, whose actions, he said, are not worthy of emulating.

“I would wish some of our honorable men and women of Parliament, members of the Executive to please take note; that as they debate matters on the floor of parliament; as they engage one another in debate or discussions in the media, as they jostle one another; they need to always have at the back of their minds, that pupils and students of the basic, secondary and tertiary institutions are listening to them. And for that matter, words they use, phrases they use, the tonalities they use whether in good or bad taste are being repeated, copied and modeled by them (pupils/students).”

He said, in addition to the 98 graduands, the school has a total population of 1188 pupils, and 775 pupils have so far graduated from there since 2004.

Managing Director of Crown Prince Academy, Susanna Prince-Boateng, noted that the mandate of the school, as a progressive one, goes beyond preparing final year pupils for the BECE, noting the school always ensures that the value of competitiveness is inculcated into the pupils.

“We think that our students must stretch themselves to compete in the global competitive world. It is in the line of this that I wish to request the Minister of Education to come up with a comprehensive plan for Education and Manpower Development to align with the country’s overall developmental goals and objectives.”

Dr Joe Asamoah, Managing Director of EnerWise Africa, who delivered the keynote address, advised the pupils to put their ideas into writings, but cautioned them on the kind of people they share their ideas with “to avoid being shortchanged or outsmarted”.

“More importantly, I urge the learners to be entrepreneurial in their thinking, strategic in their approach to life, watch and pray. In short, they should be nearer to God Almighty.”

He also exhorted parents to develop interest and involved themselves in their wards’ education and not just paying school fees or giving pocket money.

Graduands who excelled in various subjects were awarded. Mariam Abdullai was adjudged the overall best pupil of the 2012 graduands.

Miss Yaa Washie Prince-Boateng, a former pupil of Crown Prince Academy who graduated from the Columbia International College of Ontario, Canada winning several awards was also honoured for lifting high the flag of Ghana and promoting the image of the school.

Click Media Gallery for pictures of the 9th Graduation Ceremony

 Source: myjoyonline.com