The Coalition of Youth and Student against Poverty and Discrimination (CYSAPD), a local civil society organization, is distributing gifts valued at L$300K to this year’s top 35 schools that posted 100 percent passes in the 2016 West African Examinations Council (WAEC) 12th grade exams.
The initiative is based on the early results released by WAEC, which showed a list of 35 high schools with a “100 percent pass rate.” In other words, every student from these schools who sat the 2016 WAEC passed the exam.
The executive director of the group, Ishmael T. Koffeh, made the disclosure yesterday at the kick-off of the presentations beginning at the Richard C. Hunter School System in Gardnersville, which is listed among the top 35 schools with 100 percent pass rate.
“We have decided to appreciate teachers and school administrators beginning with Richard C. Hunter School System for the level of efforts in ensuring that their students made a 100 percent pass rate in WAEC. As an organization, we also believe in the forward march of the students and are delighted to encourage and laud the work done,” Director Koffeh said.
Director Koffeh stated that the cost of the initiative, valued at L$300,000, is to encourage teachers and school authorities for doing exceptionally well enough for their students to pass the most important examinations in the academic year.
According to him, the only challenge is how to reach out to some of the schools outside Montserrado County that made a successful pass. He said that they will however ensure that their packages are safely delivered, and on time.
Mr. Koffeh said he believes that providing gifts and encouraging schools that made a successful 100 percent pass rate is a way of inspiring other schools to do their best.
“We hope this will not make you complacent but motivate you to ensure that the Richard C. Hunter School System is part of this list from WAEC. This tells you how much we are concerned about you and we will continue to work with your school,” he said.
Director Koffeh said he believes that the humanitarian gesture of some individuals, including Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff of Montserrado County, Richmond Anderson of District #12 of Montserrado County and Martin Kollie of National Lottery Authority will join their effort in reaching out to some of the schools, including students, to appreciate their excellent performance.
In remarks, Edwin O. Zaza, Principal of the Richard C. Hunter School System, said he was delighted about the initiative and praised the organization for reaching out to his school.
“This is not the first time that the school has scored 100 percent pass rate. This is the 5th time, and we will continue to teach the students in the best way to ensure that they are always part of this list. The gift brings pride to us and will also serve as an encouragement for the teaching staff,” Mr. Zaza said.
The 35 schools include St. Teresa’s Convent High School; George E. Simmonds High School; Levi C. Williams High School; Child Development Academy; Lutheran Training Institute; Ricks Institute; Bromley Mission School; James Kin Freeman High School; Pentecostal Assembly High School; and Nowai Larteh Senior High School.
Others are Rock International Christian Academy; George T. Washington Christian Institute; Carr’s High School; Virginia Christian Academy; Richard C. Hunter School System; Christian Martyrs High School; Daniel Hoover Village Boarding School; Bishop Matthew Norwood United; Caldwell Christian Academy; Jaycal Institute Foundation Learning; and Zion Praise Academy.
The rest are Sandra Mcinturff Mission School; Maretha International Preparatory School; Esther B. Davis High School; Drims School System; Greater Outreach Christian Academy; Mother Victoria Thomas Orphanage School; Herbert Brewer Community School of Excellence; Mother Esther Nyemah High School; Royal Academy Christian School System; Best Brains Academy; Montserrado Technical Institute; Buutuo High School; Toweh Memorial High School; and Karnplay Inland Academy.