Bishop John Daly Anglican Junior High School at Tunga in the Ablekuma West District has emerged the Best Public School in the 2015 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
The school presented 46 students for the BECE out of which 35 had aggregate six to nine while 11 students had between aggregate 10 and 13.
The school, thus, placed second out of 210 public schools in Accra that sat for the examination. It also placed 15 out of 595 public and private schools combined results in the Ghana Education Service examination analysis.
Madam Berty Quansah, the Headmistress of the school, said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency during the inauguration of a GH¢35,000 modern toilet facility for the school.
She said: “I put a lot of confidence in my students who gave me the assurance that they can do it. We have done it due to discipline and proper supervision from both the students and teachers.”
Madam Quansah said there was the need for every teacher to exhibit greater consciousness, commitment and sacrifice to efficiently teach their students.
It was a fundamental responsibility of every school to create a friendly environment that would encourage the children to seek help in their academic work to ensure good performance, she said.
Madam Quansah said the perception that students in public schools did not study hard was a thing of the past and urged the students to continue to take their studies seriously and not depend on information from their peers.
She urged the parents to contribute their quota by providing the needs of their children and appealed to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to provide security at the school to ward off squatters whose activities could affect teaching and learning.
Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ablekuma West Constituency, who inaugurated the facility, said she was impressed about the school’s significant academic performance by scoring 100 per cent in various examinations and congratulated the teachers for their hard work.
She said the achievement was worthy of emulation adding; “as future leaders you must work towards achieving academic excellence because that is the surest way you can make an impact in life.”
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful promised to contribute her quote towards the creation of a congenial atmosphere for the holistic development of students of the school.
Mr Samson Okai, the Chairman of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), expressed gratitude to the MP for the provision of 50 dual desks and advised the students to continue to be serious with their studies.
The project was executed by the PTA, the School Management Committee and the St. Augustine Anglican Church at Dansoman in Accra.