Two Ghanaian WASSCE graduates, Alex Opoku Manu and Benjamin Eyram Nana Kwame Degbey, both from St. James Seminary Senior High School has been awarded for their for their exceptional performance during the 2022 WASSCE.
The immediate past students of the Sunyani-based St. James Seminary Senior High School made Ghana proud by picking up the first and second positions, respectively. Obidigbo Chioma Blessing of Nigeria took the third position.
They were awarded at the 71st Annual Council Meeting of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) held, in Banjul, Gambia. The 5-day programme was officially opened by the President of the Republic of Gambia, H.E. Adama Barrow.
In a related development, Danna Mubarak Illiasu, a former student of Kumasi-based T.I. Ahmadiya Senior High School has been adjudged as the best General Arts candidate in the 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
In a letter to the headmaster of T. I AMASS, the management of the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) Endowment Fund said “Your candidate will be honoured at a ceremony scheduled for Thursday, 29 June 2023.”
The letter signed by the spokeswoman for WAEC, Madam Agnes Teye-Cudjoe furthered that “details of the ceremony will be communicated to you at a later date. Kindly notifies the candidate and his parents on our behalf.”
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Endowment Fund was inaugurated during the 30th-anniversary celebrations of the Council in Monrovia, Liberia, in March 1982.
The objectives of the Fund are to promote educational development projects of an international nature, provide awards for outstanding contributions to the Council’s work, and give prizes for outstanding performance by candidates in the examinations conducted by WAEC.
The Endowment Fund is administered by a 12-member Board of Trustees which exercises general direction over the Fund and, in particular, examines and approves proposed projects.
The Board is made up of the Chairman of the Council, Leaders of the five Country Delegations, one distinguished personality from each member country, and the Registrar of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
WAEC, a non-profit-making organization was established in 1952 after the Governments of Ghana (then Gold Coast), Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia enacted the West African Examinations Council Ordinances in 1951.
Liberia became the fifth member of the Council in 1974. The enactment of the Ordinances was based on the Jeffrey Report, which strongly supported the proposal for the setting up of a regional examining board to harmonize and standardize pre-university assessment procedures in then British West Africa.
The Council’s mission is to remain Africa’s foremost examining body, providing qualitative and reliable educational assessment, encouraging academic and moral excellence and promoting sustainable human resource development and international cooperation.