General News of Monday, 17 December 2018
Source: Jacob Kpodonu
Akosombo International Senior High School (AIS) in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region has won the second edition of the Paul Asare Ansah Senior High School Quiz Competition held in the Akwamuman Senior High School on Friday.
The program which was solely sponsored by the former Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Paul Asare Ansah, was on the theme “Raising the Standards of Education in Asuogyaman”.
According to Paul Asare Ansah the event “is geared toward stimulating competition among the schools in the District”. In 2017, Boso Senior High Technical School (BSTS) emerged champions of the first edition held in the Apegusu Senior High School.
The Akosombo International Senior High School took home Ghc2,000.00 for the school, Ghc 500.00 for the teachers who prepared the contesting students and a brand new laptop each for the three contesting students as the first prize after scoring a total of 49 points.
This year’s edition which focused on the core subjects including English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies saw the defending champions Boso Senior High Technical School emerging fourth with 33 points, Learning Field International Senior High School occupied the 3rd position with 34 points and also took home Ghc 1300.00 and Ghs 200.00 for the school and teachers respectively while the host school Akwamuman Senior High School received Ghs 1,500.00 for the school and GHC 300.00 for the team of teachers who trained the students.
Other schools were Apegusu Senior High School, Anum Presbyterian Senior High School and Adjena Senior High Technical School struggling at the bottom with the 5th, 6th and 7th positions after scoring 29, 27, and 26 points respectively. They also took home Ghc500.00 for the school and Ghc200.00 for teachers as consolation.
Paul Ansah explained that though Cape Coast is well known for quality academic excellence, Asuogyaman is positioning itself to transform its academic fortunes to become the metusec of Ghana’s education. He sent a friendly caution to schools in Cape Coast to be ready to welcome a competition from schools in Asuogyaman in the nearest future as he promised to organize vacation classes for all second cycle schools in the District”.
The current Director General at the Ministry of Transport, Paul Asare Ansah, disclosed that “education has always been my essential concern, because I will not be where I am if not because of education, and it is my aim to ensure that every household in Asuogyaman District could in the next five to ten years boast of a graduate from either the Technical University or any other University in the country who would be able to financially support the families in every aspect of life”.
The winner of the J. B. Dankwah Eastern Corporate Leadership Personality of the year 2018 stressed that “poverty should be eliminated from Asuogyaman District in the next 10 years to come as Asuogyaman is about to produce the best graduates to manage the affairs of the state and other well-established organizations in the country Ghana and beyond”.
Mr. Paul Asare Ansah who in 1988 originated the idea leading to the establishment of the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND) further added that “my office has been able to train over 500 women in this District (Asuogyaman) in alternative livelihood empowerment skills in various modules. These are the baking of bread and pastries, beads making, batik making, soap and detergent production as well as make-up and decorations”.
He again observed that some 47 young people from Asuogyaman have been gainfully employed in various public and private sector organizations through his positive influence since 2016.
Counting on the support received from Paul Asare Ansah by the Education Directorate in Asuogyaman, the District Director Mavis Oparebea Yirenkyi displayed a sincere gratitude to Paul Ansah for his numerous support to the Education Directorate.
The Education Director revealed that “Mr. Paul Asare Ansah has over the years been the backbone of the Education Directorate as we fall on him to organize competitive programmes for our schools to boost their confidence, and also equip them for external competition such as the basic education certificate exams (BECE), West Africa Secondary School Certificate Exams (WASSCE).
“He sponsored the mock exams for the 2018 BECE candidates in the District, organised vacation classes for all 1732 candidates who wrote the exams in the District, paying teachers in Asuogyaman to teach the candidates for three weeks before their main examination.
“He again bought all examination materials for the then-candidates ranging from Mathematical set, pens and rulers, provision of transport allowance for pupils who needed to commute to the exams centres and also buying all items on prospectus for 15 students in public school who scored aggregate Six to ten in the 2018 BECE exams after providing each of them with Ghc 300.00 as ‘chop money’ before leaving for their various Senior High Schools.
“You have again introduced Paul Ansah SHS Quiz Competition for our senior high school and has promised to organize extra classes for our final year student we say ayekoo,” he stated.
On his part the District Chief Executive, Samuel Kwame Agyekum, who was overwhelmed by the effort of the Director General at the Ministry of Transport paid tribute to Paul Ansah after outlining the interventions put in place to make quality education and accessibly free to every Ghanaian child of school going age which includes the free SHS double track policy.
“It is indeed true you have dedicated your life to the development of Asuogyaman in the area of Education, Youth Empowerment, and Economic Well-being of the women in Asuogyaman. You have also offered a lot of support for several developmental projects undertaken by the Communities, Schools and Churches” the District Chief Executive said in his tribute to Paul Asare Ansah.
He then called on other well-meaning citizens of Asuogyaman to come together to raise the image of Asuogyaman District to boost the education and other socio-economic developments in the District.
The three contesting students who masterminded the victory for the Akosombo International Senior High School were Master Papafio Michael, Master Ahenkorah Michael and Miss Lois Otchi with Samuel Asare and Anthony Gborgenu as the teachers who trained them.