Five distinguished students who performed creditably well during the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have been awarded cash prizes by the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
At the March 13, 2019 event, Wilhermina Opoku, a former student of Wesley Girls High School, took the overall best student award.
The others, Sarpong Brago Afrifa, a former student of Yaa Asantewaa Girls Senior High School and Imelda Naa Ayorkor Adjei, formerly of the Wesley Girls Senior High school were adjudged the second and third overall best students respectively.
Davina Seyram Gbedy, a former student of Wesley Girls High School and Dennis Acquah, formerly of Saint Augustine’s College, were adjudged the best students in General Arts and Business respectively.
They took cash prizes, scholarship through tertiary education, laptops and plaques.
The criteria for selecting the best candidates were that the candidates must obtain Grade A1 in a minimum of eight subjects.
Candidates who met the requirement were considered for the awards at the national level and they also joined other member countries, namely The Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, to compete for the international awards.
Two of the students have made Ghana proud by placing second and third at the International level.
The five winners were picked from 316,980 candidates who wrote examinations in various subjects at the senior high school level in 2018.
Meanwhile, WAEC has revealed that it will adopt different strategies to ensure examination malpractices are curbed.
According to WAEC, all candidates will have their fingerprints captured and will be subsequently biometrically verified.
It is to ensure that none of the students partaking in the WASSCE is impersonated.
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