President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results of the first batch of the free senior high school (SHS) candidates have justified the decision of the government to invest heavily in free quality education for young people.
He said even though the initiative came with a huge cost to the nation, the government took the decision because all countries that had made giant strides in their social, economic, scientific and industrial sectors did so by investing more in education.
“If we are really going to cut the Gordian knot of development in Ghana, investing in the youth of our country, the young people of our country, was the surest way to go,” the President added.
President Akufo-Addo said this when some of the students who excelled in the 2020 WASSCE were introduced to him at the Jubilee House in Accra.
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Out of the 465 candidates who had aggregate ‘A’ in eight subjects in the examination, 411 of them were Ghanaians. Also, the three Overall Excellent Awards were taken by Ghanaian students.
Some of the students could not, however, honour the invitation because they are currently pursuing tertiary education outside the country in the fields of medicine and engineering, among other courses.
President Akufo-Addo further expressed joy over the performance of the students, saying when the details were released, “I was beside myself – and the icing on the cake was the fact that the three most excellent students in the examination are Ghanaians.”