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NSMQ2021: Mfantsipim destroys Adisadel, University Practice and Assin State College [PHOTOS]



Mfantsipim School are the winners of the 2021 Central Regional Championship of the National Science & Maths Quiz.

They crushed their archrivals Adisadel College, University Practice and Assin State College to clinch their first ever trophy at the regional level.

The Botwe Boys put up a spirited performance throughout the four-round contest to emerge victorious.

They scored 53 points to become the third school to lift the trophy since the inception of the regional championship in 2019.

Their closest contender, Adisadel College which managed to end the competition with 35 points while University Practice SHS and Assin State College could only garner 20 and 18 points respectively.

St. Augustine’s College and Wesley Girls’ High School won the previous editions of the Central Regional Championships but they failed to make a mark this year.

Mfanstipim School crashed the two former regional winners during the group stage to keep their unbeaten run in 2021 on.

Like a dormant volcano, the eruption of Mfantsipim School stunned the bigwigs in the region after they ruined their campaigns in previous competitions.

The 2021 Champions have in the past two years had tough campaigns at both the regional and national levels.

In 2019, the two-time winners lost their slot as one of the few schools never to have started their NSMQ campaign from the regional qualifiers. They failed to redeem themselves in the subsequent year when they were sent back to regionals by St. Augustine’s College in the one-eighth stage.

But in 2021, the Cape Coast based school had their redemption on course with an impressive win at the regional qualifiers and crowned as NSMQ2021 Central Regional Champions.

They are hopeful of replicating the same performance to end their seven-year drought at the national level.


SHS students resume school pregnant, wearing engagement rings





Teenage pregnancy is rising at an alarming rate

Stakeholders in Education in the Eastern region are alarmed at the high rate of teenage pregnancy among students in both Basic and Senior High Schools.

According to some heads of Senior High Schools in the region, some female students resumed school pregnant and wearing engagement rings.

“Some female students returned to school pregnant and wearing engagement rings. They got impregnated and were forced into marriage. But the policy says you cannot sack them from the school so I allowed them to stay in school. I only asked them to remove the rings. In all this it will get to a stage they will drop out of school when the belly protrudes,” the Headmistress of Kwahu Nkwatia Presbyterian Senior High School, Mrs Cythia Anim said in a meeting in Koforidua by Girls Education Network formed by Plan International Ghana.

The meeting was part of the commemoration of the Day of the African Child marked June 16, every year.

The Headmistress who is a former Eastern Regional Officer of Girls Education at the Ghana Education Service added “although there is a policy by GES that the girls should be in school even when they are pregnant. We the heads of Senior high schools are in agreement with that government policy but we realized that the stakeholders have to go back to the drawing board and the government as a whole to review it…because the students are abusing it and doing their own things.”

She joined calls by other stakeholders advocating for amendment of aspects of the laws of Ghana that allows a person to consent to sexual activity at the age of 16 but could only marry when the person reaches 18 years.

This arrangement, they say exposes young girls to danger and create a window for people to take advantage of them resulting in the current alarming rate of teenage pregnancy among basic and Senior high school students in the country.

A total of 109,888 adolescent girls were impregnated in 2020 in Ghana. Out of the number 2,865 were between 10 and 14 years while those with ages between 15 and 19 years were 107,023.

The Eastern Region recorded the second-highest numbers in teenage pregnancy.

The Eastern Regional Girls Education Officer at the Ghana Education Service Patricia Birago said reports from the various Senior High Schools on teenage pregnancy among students are not pleasant adding her voice for the country to amend the sexual consent age of 16.

“Government is saying that a person can go to bed with whoever he chooses at age 16 so if a girl doesn’t start KG early by 16 she is in school and legally free to have sex and at age 18 can even go ahead and marry. So we have realized that our girls are getting pregnant and they even go and marry and come back to school with their rings on which is of very bad taste because we know at the basic level a girl should not be pregnant and marry if for anything at all it should be tertiary but with this clause where lie the power of school authorities to question girls who come to school with their wedding and engagement rings ”

The New Juaben North Director of the National Commission for Civic Education, NCCE, Ebenezer Acheampong concurred with the need to review sexual consent age in the face of the worrying trend of teenage pregnancy and marriages.

Meanwhile, Plan International Ghana has commissioned a data collection project and scientific diagnosis of the teenage pregnancy menace in various schools in seven districts; Okere, Akuapem North, Upper Manya Krobo, Atiwa East and West, New Juaben North and South which have a high rate of teenage pregnancy in Eastern region.

The Eastern Regional Unit Manager of Plan International Ghana, Kofi Adade Debrah, said the project is to critically analyze the situation on the ground for a remedy to improve gains made in gender parity at Basic and Senior High school level to tertiary and push forward highest decision making bodies in government.


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Wesley Girls, six others awarded best WASSCE performance




Wesley Girls Senior High school

Best performing schools in the 2020 National West Africa Secondary Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE) rankings for the Central Region have been awarded with citation of merit.

The ceremony, which was to motivate hard working teachers, students and their schools, saw seven schools receiving the awards.

Wesley Girls Senior High School (SHS) was adjudged the Best Performing School in the region, followed by St. Augustine’s College, and St. Theresa’s Seminary at Amisano.

Holy Child School, Ghana National College, Mfantsipim School and Bisease Ajumako SHS, followed in that order.

Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education, said the Government was laying a solid foundation where education would be the driver to transform the socio-economic fortunes of the nation.

That, he said, would in no time help to realise the Ghanaian dream where people would live a fulfilled life.

According to him, the performances of the free SHS graduates indicated that the policy was not a mistake but a necessary intervention, which had come to transform the country.

He said but for the Free Senior High School Policy, many students could not have made it to the secondary school.

Dr Adutwum expressed delight about the performance of the free SHS graduates and said it gave hope for the country.

He commended the students for their hard work and discipline in the schools, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Adutwum advised the students not to decry their present conditions but remain determined, focused, put in extra efforts in their studies and in the end, success would be their portion.

“You do not have an excuse not to be successful if you are in St. Augustine’s College or any of the schools receiving an award here. Train yourself and perceive opportunities to take you far. Study hard and something good will happen to you,” he said.

He urged the schools to keep the hard work and maintain their reputation saying the rest of the schools were also aiming to receive awards in the coming years.

Dr Adutwum encouraged the students to take advantage of the free SHS to fulfill the vision of the Ghana beyond Aid.

“Your determination to succeed is what will propel us into that kind of country where our better days will always be ahead of us,” Dr Adutwum said.

Madam Martha Owusu Agyemang, the Central Regional Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES), urged the region to maintain its pride as the citadel of education in Ghana.

She was not happy about the region’s performance in the recent WASSCE and urged all stakeholders to continue to collaborate to recapture their positions.

Madam Agyemang described the awards scheme as timely, which offered the schools the opportunity to reflect on their achievements and the envisaged successes.

Awards, she noted, encouraged competitive spirit and expressed the hope that it would ginger students to work harder in their academic pursuits and teachers to give of their best.

Source: GNA

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See this 1958 graduation photo from the KNUST





This photo shows a 1958 graduation at KNUST

In 1958, the setting for a university graduation was obviously not as flamboyant as we have them today but the essence of those events cannot be said to have been any less.

In this photo of a graduation ceremony from the Kumasi College of Technology, now the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science of Technology, the graduating class is seen clad in rich kente, representing the great heritage of this country.

A few though, are spotted in their suits and matching flying ties.

With their signature post-independence haircuts to match, these fresh graduates are seen standing, as would be the situation when the National Anthem is being played.

The image was shared by the Ghana Stories (@Ghanaspotlight) on Twitter.

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