From 0% in 2015, Lawoshime Basic School Scores 83.3% In 2016 BECE
For the first time in the school’s history, Lawoshime Basic School recorded an 83.3% pass in the recent Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
It is not uncommon for a Junior High School to score an 83.3% pass in BECE, but it is a prodigious performance for a school that scored 0% in last year’s examinations.
Located in a remote area in the Keta District of the Volta Region, Lawoshime Basic School is one of the schools that performed remarkably well in this year’s BECE after scoring 0% in 2015.
Last year, the school’s best performing candidate had aggregate 39 and this year, a female student Juliana Dedzo Angela topped with aggregate 15. She was followed by two other females, Portia Awumi and Rosemary Awumi with aggregate 22 and 26 respectively.
The headmaster of the school, who doubles as the Assembly Member of the area, Mr Israel Mensah in an exclusive interview with GhCampus.com, expressed his excitement about the success chalked by the school and the students.
He said, the collaborative efforts by teachers, parents and other benevolent individuals since he took charge of the school as headmaster have paid off as it translated into a better performance of the school.
Mr Israel Mensah, who took charge as headmaster of the school in November 2015 said, looking at the abysmal performance of the candidates presented for the exams last year, he had to implement drastic measures in order to arrest the situation.
According to him, one of the measures he took as headmaster was to frequently visit students at home to make sure they are studying after school. They also had to organize extra classes in order to catch up with what the students were supposed to cover in the syllabus.
On the way forward, Mr Mensah said, the school now has a big task ahead of improving on this year’s performance in the next BECE.
He appealed to the government and benevolent organizations to turn their attention to the area to provide basic amenities to the people and students of the area. He said they have been neglected for far too long.
Appeal for Scholarships
Although the three girls have passed well and were placed in their selected Senior High Schools, raising the admission fees has become a major challenge for their parents. The headmaster, Mr Israel Mensah is appealing to the general public to come to the aid of these brilliant but needy students. Juliana Dedzo was placed at Keta Business Senior High School, Portia Awumi at Zion College, Anloga and Rosemary Awumi at Comboni Vocational School, Sogakope.
Threats to boycott December polls
Residents of the area are however threatening to boycott this year’s polls if government fail to extend road infrastructure to the community. There are well constructed road in the community and the pathway get flooded any time there is a heavy downpour.
Students together with their teachers have to cross floods before getting to school and in some case, the school closes down when it rained heavily.
To help, please contact the headmaster of Lawoshime Basic School, Mr Israel Mensah on 0205854883/0205472005