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 authored by over two million students from five nations.
He earned 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 presented with a $1,500 check for winning West Africa.
Mr Cecil Tetteh Kumah (left), 1st prize winner of the International Excellence Award for WASSCE Candidates, receives a certificate from Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa (right), Director-General of the Ghana Education Service.
Mr Godfred Aseda Obeng of Hope College in Gomoa Fete was named the second overall best undergraduate. Currently, he works at the University of Ghana.
Master Obeng received $1,200 for finishing 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.
Mr Godfred Aseda Obeng (left), the 2nd award 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.
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 in Literature in English and Oral English, received the Distinguished Friend of Council Award.
He received a plaque as part of his fellowship.
Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa (right), the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, presenting a certificate to Mr Emmanuel Manukure Ansah (left), on behalf of Ms Afua Manukure Ansah.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had earlier congratulated the three on their achievements, explaining that “the three prize winners are Ghanaians who are beneficiaries of the free SHS policy.”
He encouraged future contenders in the area to take note of the three’s achievements.
“The government is partnering with WAEC to help curb examination malpractices in hana,” President Akufo-Addo said.
According to him, this would guarantee that Ghanaian children were competitive while still maintaining the integrity of the country’s examinations.
Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa (right), the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, presenting a plaque or an award to Dr John Anum Sackey (left), Distinguished friend of the council of W.A.E.C
Investing in WAEC
Mr Baboucarr Bouy, the Chairman of the Council, praised Ghana for encouraging the council’s work and education in the sub-region.
Other nations, he said, should invest in the councils in their own nations.
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.’
Criteria for the award
Only candidates with a minimum of eight Grade A1s in one sitting, without any sign of impropriety, are eligible for the award.
The raw scores of the candidates are transformed to T-scores, which are then used to rank 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 surviving core subjects candidates are used.