The Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA) used the occasion of Ghana’s 60th Independence Day Anniversary celebration to honour two, a pupil and a school, for outstanding performance in Sports and Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
A contingent of 1,088 boys and girls made up of 30 Basic Schools and 4 Senior High Schools participated in the historic, colourful and elegantly grand 60th Independence Day Parade at Abokobi.
Scores of people including Honourable Assembly Members, Traditional and Faith-based Leaders, representatives of Political Parties, Staff of the Assembly and citizens from various parts of the municipality thronged the forecourt of the Municipal Assembly for the celebration popularly dubbed, “Ghana 60 Years”.
The Parade Commander, Richmond Otchere, led the Acting Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) and Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), Alhaji Shehu Awudu Kadiri, accompanied by the Municipal Director of Education, Kwabenya District Police Commander and other Dignitaries, to inspect the guard of honour mounted prior to the March Past.
There were splendid and artistic cultural display and choreography by some school children to the admiration and spontaneous cheers and applause from the gathering.
Presenting the President’s Independence Day Address, Alhaji Shehu Awudu Kadiri, paid glowing tribute to the forebears of Ghana’s Independence and the many who contributed in diverse ways to see Ghana succeed after attaining independence.
The President expressed optimism in building on what has been bequeathed to us by our forefathers and called on all Ghanaians to put their shoulders to the wheels to move the nation forward towards achieving the real essence of independence.
“I have confidence that we can and will achieve the dreams of our forebears. I am hopeful that we will continue to make ourselves worthy inheritors of this land. I know that we will wear the accolade of being a Ghanaian with pride. Let us mobilize for the happy and prosperous Ghana of tomorrow, in which all of us, including our youth, our women and the vulnerable in our society, will have equal opportunities to realize their potential, and build lives of dignity. Then, our independence will be meaningful. Then, we will have a Ghana beyond aid.”
The MCD said the Assembly has over the years invested greatly in the education sector in the municipality which was yielding positive results through improved performances in the Basic Education Certificate Examination especially in the public schools.
He indicated the Assembly’s preparedness to support the Education Directorate to deliver on its mandate.
The Municipal Director of Education, Ms. Florence Esi Damali, dwelling on the theme for the celebrations, “Mobilising for Ghana’s Future”, emphasized that achieving the tenets of the theme will require that we work together as a nation.
She congratulated Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya Constituency, on her elevation to the high office of Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament and commended her for contributing immensely towards enhancing the quality of education in the municipality.
Ms Damali disclosed, with delight, the markedly significant improvement in the BECE results from the previous ones.
She noted that last year Ga East Municipal Assembly placed, placed 7th and 21st out of the 16 Districts in Greater Accra Region and 216 Districts nationwide respectively in the BECE league.
“I am happy to announce that we have improved upon last year’s records. Ga East placed 4th and 10th in the Greater Accra and Nationwide respectively in the 2016 BECE ranking”
She attributed this success to “constant monitoring and supervision of the schools by the Education Directorate, provision of teaching and learning materials by the Municipal Assembly and the motivation from the Hon. Adwoa Safo who provided Mathematical Sets for all the 3,888 candidates”.
A special feature in this year’s Independence Day celebration at Ga East was the honouring of two, a school girl and a school, for their respectively outstanding performances in sports and BECE.
Miss Henrietta Esinam Dzaka, a pupil from the Dome M/A 2&4 Basic Schools, was honoured with a citation and cash prize for being adjudged the “Best National Female Soccer Player” in last year’s Inter-Regional Soccer Festival held at Sunyani.
Similarly, Kwabenya-Atomic M/A Basic School was honoured with a citation and cash prize for being the best in the 2016 BECE in the municipality.
In the March-Past contest, St. Dominic R.C 1 were declared First in the Basic Schools division with 71 points while Atomic Hills M/A 2 and Dome M/A 1&3 came Second and Third with 70 and 69 points respectively.
Kwabenya Community Senior High School at Atomic, making a first-time appearance, were adjudged First in the Senior High Schools division with 82 points while Perfect S.H.S. picked the Second position with 68 points.
Shalom School Complex, 80 points, Paradise Academy, 70 points, and Slim Mission, 67 points placed First, Second and Third respectively in Cadets division.
Other special prizes went to Abokobi Presby 1 as the “Best Behaved School”, Atomic Hills M/A 2, “Most Punctual School”, and Kwabenya Community Senior High School as the “Well Dressed School”.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman
Pictures: Stephen Quartey/Sefa Darkey