Bright SHS Wins Another ‘Best Private School’ Award
The Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Abuakwa North Municipal Assembly have honoured Bright Senior High School (SHS), located at Akyem Kukurantumi in the Eastern Region, as “Best Private School” in the municipality.
The award comes months after the West Africa International Press Limited adjudged the school as Best Private School in Ghana,2021 at the Heroes of Distinction Conference and Awards held in Accra.
At a colourful ceremony over the weekend, attended by chiefs, a judge, parents, old students in various universities, colleges and corporate institutions, a citation and a plaque award were presented to Bright SHS for its sterling academic excellence.
The citation, signed by Alhaji Umar Babs Bodinga and Abena Gyamera (Ms), both Municipal Chief Executive and Municipal Education Director, respectively, reads: “The academic performance of students who graduate from Bright Senior High School has never been in doubt. The school has consistently churned out scholars who excel in the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). The number of candidates who have passed out from the school since 2012 to 2021 amounts to 7,072.
The records are indeed very beautiful in terms of results and overall academic performance. Discipline too is Hallmark of this great school and every student who has passed through the four corners of the school can testify.
It is therefore not surprising when Bright Senior High School was awarded by the West Africa International Press as the best Private Senior High School in 2021.
The Abuakwa North Municipal Assembly is very proud of you. Ghana Education Service is proud of you. Ghana is very proud of you for all the successes and honour you have chalked. You have made Ghana, Eastern Region and Abuakwa North Municipality very proud.”
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Abuakwa North, Alhaji Umar Babs Bodinga, explained that the Municipal Education Oversight Committee (MEOC), which he chairs, thoroughly assessed academic performance of second cycle institutions in the municipality which unanimously established the consistent outstanding performance of Bright SHS in the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in the past three years under the review, hence the honour.
The MCE stated that, the excellent academic performance of students of the school leapfrogs rankings of the municipality in WASSCE and other quality educational ratings index in the country.
Alhaji Umar Bodinga noted that, “the school’s recent performance in the 2022 WASSCE result where 77% of the candidates had from 6As to 8As has raised the image of the Abuakwa North Municipality.”
The MCE has therefore, made personal pledged to support three brilliant but needy BECE candidates from public basic schools in the municipality to continue their education at Bright Senior High School to enjoy quality education and excel in their academic exploits.
Regional Education Director
On his part, the Eastern Regional Director of Education, Margret Nsiah Asiamah, in a speech read on her behalf by Mr. Jonathan Ntow, commended the founding members of Bright SHS for advancing quality education in the region.
She stated that the liberalization of the education sector by allowing private participation has enabled private schools to contribute immensely to quality education in the country over the years, a feat she stated cannot be told without mentioning the contribution of Bright Senior High School.
“The emergence of Bright Senior High School as the Best Private Senior High School in Ghana for the 2021/2022 academic year is an indication of its consistent outstanding performance demonstrated over the years,” she said.
The regional director spurred on management and staff of the school to sustain the academic gains and glean innovative ways to improve upon it regardless the challenges that confront private education in the country.
Vice President of Bright SHS
Meanwhile, the Vice President of Bright SHS, Mr. Dominic Acquah, in his address, commended the MCE and the GES for acknowledging the hardwork and accomplishments of the school.
He stated that, in spite of challenges in running private education institutions in Ghana, Bright SHS continues to excel academically due to huge investment in infrastructure, as well as the quality of teaching and learning.
Touching on the academic feat of the school, Mr.Acquah explained that, in 2017, the school presented 887 candidates to write the WASSCE, which 12 obtained 8As, 435 had 7As and the rest obtained 6As to 4As.
In 2018, 15 candidates out of 1,365 presented in the WASSCE obtained 8As, while 681 had 7As, and the rest securing between 6As and 3As.
He said the school in 2020 presented 1,158 candidates which they passed with A1 to C6.
Remarkably, he mentioned that in the year 2021 when few candidates of the school had standoff with WAEC invigilators over intimidation leading to sudden relocation of the examination center from the school to OPASS, out of the 837 candidates who wrote the WASSCE, 10 had 8As, 216 got 7As and the rest got 6As to 8As.
Then finally, in 2022, WASSCE results released recently` shows 77% of 853 candidates who wrote the WASSCE exams had 6As to 8As.
As a result, the Vice President reiterated a call to government to include outstanding private SHSs in its flagship Free SHS policy to ensure equity and fairness in ensuring that education thrives in the country.
He argued that private schools continue to contribute enormously to quality education and job creation in the country and therefore the need for them to be factored in policy interventions of governments.