A lecturer at the University of Ghana Mr. Stephen Topko has organized an inter circuit quiz competition in the Akatsi North District of the Volta Region for basic schools to help raise the standard of education in the district.
The quiz competition which involved all five circuits and was under the direct supervision of the district Education office saw Agormor circuit emerging as the winner. For their prize, all 15 pupils who took part in the quiz will be taken to a special tour in the central region where they will be visiting interesting places such as the cape Coast castle, the Elmina Castle, the Kakum National Park etc, the competing schools were given some amount of money, books and plagues. Also the three pupils that represented the circuit that had the first position all have a scholarship to pursue any course of their choice in any senior High school in the country.
Speaking on how the selection of schools was done to get the representatives for the circuits, a Deputy Director of Education and former Acting District Director of Education, Madam Comfort Egbi said, an inter-schools level quiz competition was held at the various circuits for which the best schools were selected to compete on behalf of their circuits. According Madam Comfort Egbi, the arrangement and supervision was done by the District Education office but it was solely funded by Dr. Stephen Tokpo.
Madam Egbi is optimistic that the quiz competition will have a positive impact on education in the district since it will motivate other pupils to take their books seriously so that they can also represent their schools in future competitions. On his part, Mr. Abdul –Mumin H. Imoro expressed hope that the quiz will have a significant impact on education in the district.
When asked the reason behind the competition, Dr. Stephen Tokpo said, he saw the need to give back to society what God has blessed him with hence the gesture. He said, he believes with what he’s done, it will have a significant impact on Education in the district. He added that even though he solely funded the first quiz, he is in talks with other people to come and support the program so that they can increase the prize package and also give scholarship to all competing pupils to as high as the tertiary level in the coming years as they plan to make it an annual affair.
Torgbui Nyamekor Glakpe V, president of the Ave council of chiefs and the overlord of the Ave – Dakpa traditional area said, he is positive that the quiz will help improve the performance of the pupils in next year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination. (BECE)
Akatsi North district, one of the newly created districts in the country which was created in 2012 presented 375 candidates in the 2013 BECE and had a total percentage pass of 18 percent. However in 2014, when the district presented 323 candidates to the BECE, there was a significant improvement to 38 percent.
Stakeholders of education in the district are hoping that, having presented 426 candidates this year, and with the appropriate strategies, there will be a drastic change in the district’s percentage pass.
Before the quiz began, personalities from all walks of life were invited to speak to the pupils on some topics such as, girl child education, the civic responsibilities of the pupils etc.
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