Pan-African Schools Debate: Galaxy International School emerges second best

The Galaxy International School has emerged the second best in the just ended Pan-African Schools Debate held in South Africa, among 60 teams from six African countries.

The Ghana-based School, after grabbing the second position medal, also took away the ‘Best Speakers’ honour in the debating and public speaking contest, among the other teams from Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, and the Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville).

Mr Emmanuel Boakye-Yiadom, the Speech and Debate Facilitator, Galaxy International School, said talents development was one of the school’s policies, hence the constant support to register their students for international competitions.

‘In Galaxy, we truly nurture talents and it is a part of our policy. So apart from education, we ensure that our students have extra-curricular activities to develop their talents as we build on them,’ he said.

The experiences gathered at the competition, he said, would be used to help the students at Galaxy and beyond to sharpen their debating and publ
ic speaking skills in the country.

Mr Boakye-Yiadom, also a teacher in the School, said although their students grabbed the second position out of the 10 finalists, he realised that the Southern Africa debate teams had a more structured formidable team, something Ghana should learn from.

He explained that they saw debating as a game and so had huge investments for it with full time coaches.

He, therefore, called on the Sports and Education Ministries to start thinking around inter-schools’ debating as a sports competition that needed investment and attention.

That, he said, could put Ghana higher on the global map and build the confidence of her students.

Mr Boakye-Yiadom said they seized the opportunity to take students on a tour to observe interesting activities and places in South Africa like Mud run, the Kempton Park, Sandton City (the richest neighbourhood in Africa) and Soweto.

Husinah Bint Saeed, a year 11 student at Galaxy International School, who took part in the contest, said: ‘The questions
were quite tricky. They gave us the question on the day of the debate and we had only one hour to prepare. There were some ups and downs but in all, we made it to the finals and afterwards we were able to win the second position.

‘Some of the questions were on monetisation, the operations and culture of other countries, and whether people should post on social media to get money. You just don’t know the question coming, they could just throw any question at you and give you an hour to prepare. When you are preparing, you are not allowed to use the Internet. It is just you and your brain.’

Muhsinah Bint Saeed, another year 11 contestant, told the Ghana News Agency: ‘Honestly, I feel like it was challenging and it forced us to come out of our comfort zone to do what we thought we couldn’t do and God being so good, we came out as second.’

Kauthara Ndeiya Ramadan, a year 10 contestant said: ‘It was a very nice competiticn, we met new people and made friends and it helped us to improve on our debating skills.

Mr Hakan Tokdemir, the Vice Principal, Galaxy International School, congratulated the students and all other Galaxy students who had taken part in international competitions like the OWLYPIA Global Intellectual Challenge competition held in Cambridge, England., describing them as ‘gifted’ and ‘talented’.

‘At Galaxy, we encouraged students to come out and explore their talents and skills. We also encourage them to be more creative and confident.

‘We feel very proud, knowing that the flag of Ghana is rising higher through the hands of our students. Whenever there is an opportunity, we try to give them the necessary support and equipment to enable them to participate in such contests,’ he noted.

Source: Ghana News Agency

22,562 candidates sit for 2024 BECE in the Bono Region

A total of 22,562 candidates are taking the 2024 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the Bono Region, Mr. Luke Mensah, the Regional Public Relations Officer of the Education Directorate, has said.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), in Sunyani on Monday, Mr. Mensah revealed that out of the total number of candidates, 11,215 were males and 11,347 females.

He stated the candidates were representing 808 public and private schools across the 12 Municipalities and Districts in the Region.

Mr. Mensah also mentioned that 81 examination centres would be utilized during the examination period, with 157 supervisors and 790 invigilators overseeing the process.

Mr. Mensah advised the candidates to adhere to the rules and regulations set by the West African Examination Council.

He said by following these guidelines, candidates could ensure a smooth and successful examination experience without any disruptions.

Source: Ghana News Agency

BECE commences successfully at Keta

The 2024 edition of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) has commenced successfully within the Keta Municipality of the Volta region.

A total of 1,349 candidates, including 658 boys and 691 girls from 42 public and 11 private schools, are sitting for the examination which would be held at seven examination centers across the Municipality.

Mr Ferdinand Amuzu, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana Education Service at Keta, disclosed to the Ghana News Agency that everything was going well for a successful exercise within the period.

‘We have put everything in place to deliver a successful examination and l urge all candidates to comply with the rules and regulations governing the exams,’ he stated.

He said 55 examination invigilators and other security personnel were deployed at various examination centres within the area to ensure the smooth running of the examination.

Mr Amuzu further stated that the exercise had commenced with English Language and Religious and Moral Education fo
r Monday, July 8, and would continue with Integrated Science and Computing on Tuesday, July 9.

‘The candidates are expected to write two subjects each day as usual, except on Monday, July 15 which was designated for candidates who would be offering Arabic.’

The centers include Ketasco, Ketabusco, Aborsco, Anyasko, Afiasec, Atiasec, and Kedzi AME Zion basic schools.

The examination was scheduled to commence at 0900 hours each day.

Some BECE candidates, the GNA engaged earlier, expressed readiness for the examination and appealed to invigilators to exercise high professionalism during the period.

The GNA also observed things were moving smoothly at the time of visiting some of the centres.

Source: Ghana News Agency

1,625 candidates to sit for BECE at Ada East

One thousand, six hundred and twenty-five (1625) junior high school final-year pupils are sitting for the 2024 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the Ada East District of the Greater Accra Region.

The total number comprised 811 boys and 814 girls from 55 basic schools in the district.

Mr. Bright Plahar, the public relations officer of the Ghana Education Service, Ada East District, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that 660 boys and 641 girls, totalling 1301 candidates, were registered from 37 public basic schools, while 151 boys and 173 girls, making 324 pupils, were from 18 private schools.

The BECE is taking place at seven centres, which include Ocanseykope D/A Basic, Ada Foah Methodist Basic, Big Ada Presby JHS, Big Ada Methodist Basic, Bedeku D/A Basic, Tamatoku Presby Basic, and Kasseh No. 1 D/A Basic Schools.

The PRO said the district recorded a decline in the number of candidates registered for the examination in 2024 as compared to 2023.

He said in 2023, 1772 students wer
e registered, with 922 boys and 850 girls, as compared to 1625 this year.

The exams, being conducted by the West African Education Council (WAEC), commenced on Monday with English Language and Religious and Moral Education.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Basic Education Certificate Examination commences in Adidome

The Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) has commenced in Adidome, in the Central Tongu District of the Volta Region.

The examination started at 0900 hours with 23 schools converging at Adidome Senior High School, one of the designated examination centres in the district.

Madam Happy Tsifokor, the District Director of Education, urged the students to remain calm and focused, advising them to avoid examination malpractices and follow the rules and regulations guiding the exams.

She wished the students all the best in the exams.

Mr. Thomas Moore Zonyrah, the District Chief Executive (DCE), also encouraged the students to eschew malpractices, emphasizing the importance of hard work and dedication.

He expressed optimism that this year’s results would surpass the 72 percent pass rate recorded last year, aiming for a 90-100 percent success rate.

To ensure the students’ comfort and well-being, the DCE provided over 500 bags of sachet water and fuel for the vehicles transporting exam papers.

He also
revealed that students affected by the Akosombo Dam spillage 10 months ago had received extra classes from experienced examiners to help them catch up with their peers.

Ghana News Agency (GNA) noted that one pregnant candidate was among those writing the exams, and further updates would provide more detailed information.

The examination process is expected to run smoothly, with experienced examiners and teachers on hand to ensure the students’ success.

Source: Ghana News Agency

BECE: Over 7,000 girls sit for BECE in Upper West Region

A total of 7,637 females have registered to write this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the Upper West Region as against 6,937 boys.

Thirty-one (31) special students, comprising 20 males and eleven females and 1,030 private candidates, consisting of 462 boys and 568 girls were also expected to write the BECE in the region.

Mr Salifu Kalah Abu, the Upper West Regional Examination Officer, revealed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview in Wa on Monday.

He said the examination was taking place in 45 centres across the region with 12 centres and 109 schools in the Wa Municipality.

In all, 3,972 candidates, comprising 2,120 females and 1,852 males had registered to participate in the ongoing BECE in the Wa Municipality; Wa East District had a total of 1,381 candidates; Wa West had 1,535 candidates and Nadowli-Kaleo District, 1,051 candidates.

The rest were: Daffiama-Bussie-Issa District, 452; Jirapa Municipality, 1,128, Lawra Municipality, 998; Lambussie District, 831; Si
ssala East Municipality, 1,258; Sissala West District, 1,085 and Nandom Municipality, 883 candidates had registered to participate in the BECE.

The GNA also visited some BECE centres in the Wa Municipality in the early hours of Monday to ascertain the state of the ongoing examination.

At the Wa Senior High School Centre ‘A’, Mr Seidu Fuseini, the Centre Supervisor, said 469 candidates, consisting of 254 girls and 215 boys were writing in that centre with one candidate absent.

At Centre ‘B’, Mr Albert Duusuuri, the Centre Supervisor, told the GNA that a total of 306 candidates, 143 boys and 163 girls were writing the examination in that centre.

He said one candidate who was expected to write in that centre had passed on.

Mr Sichumu Halim, the Wa Senior High School Centre ‘D’ Supervisor, said 379 candidates, 172 boys and 207 girls, were expected to write in that centre.

He said one pregnant candidate was writing in that centre while one candidate was absent due to pregnancy.

Source: Ghana News Agency