By Lydia Kukua Asamoah, GNA
Accra, March 7, GNA - The Abura GREL D/A Junior High School (JHS) in the Ahanta West Municipality of the Western Region has retained its title as the winner of the Annual Independence Day Inter-District JHS Quiz Competition.
The 2018 Competition, held at Agona Nkwanta in the Ahanta West Municipal Assembly, is aimed at bringing together schools at the basic level to compete as part of activities marking the Independence celebration.
Abura GREL D/A JHS pulled 37 points to retain their title as defending champions, beating their strong contenders; Services Basic JHS from Takoradi Metropolis, who had 33 points, with Christ Leading Preparatory School, Essiama, representing the Ellembele District, placing third with 24 points.
The Volta River Authority (VRA) International School from Shama District placed fourth with 18 points while ‘What a Man’ Academy in Bonyere representing the Jomoro Municipality, placed fifth with three points.
Abura GREL D/A, the two-time champions, were presented with a cash prize, a trophy, Certificate of Honour, some textbooks and plaques, while the first runner-up, Services Basic JHS, Takoradi also received similar prizes.
The second runner up, the fourth and fifth positions received cash prizes, plaques, and Certificates of Honour, and sets of textbooks.
The event, which was attended by some chiefs, educationists, clergy and political figures, featured questions drawn from both pre and post-independence era including current affairs, environmental issues, tradition and culture and Information and Communication Technology.
It was organised in partnership with the Nkwantabisa Foundation, Saighia Foundation and Networking for Community Development Africa.
Madam Eunice Jacqueline Buah, the Western Regional Council of State Representative, whose address was read on her behalf as the Special Guest of Honour, lauded the initiative and reiterated her commitment and support towards education within the Region.
She called on teachers to put in place measures that would enhance teaching and learning and said the Government would continue to support education in the Region.
She admonished students to take their studies seriously and eschew all forms of nefarious activities that would hinder their progress.
Nana Eziaku IV, Chief of Ahanta Agona Nkwanta, who chaired the event, commended the organisers for the initiative and called on the Government to extend it to the entire region.
On his part, Nana Osei Nkwantabisa, the Nkosuohene of Lower Axim Traditional Area, expressed appreciation to all individuals and organisations that supported the 2018 Competition.
Nana Nkwantabisa, who is the Founder and Chairman of Nzema Events Management and Exclusive Innovations GH, organisers of the quiz competition, said the programme was aimed at promoting healthy competition among schools in the Region.
He announced of plans to extend the competition to cover the entire region and called on corporate institutions to support the initiative.
Obrempong Dekyi XIV, the Paramount Chief of Upper Dixcove Traditional Area, advised students to devote their time to reading widely to enable them to acquire knowledge, especially on the history of Ghana.
He called on the various stakeholders to support education in the area.