Thirty-six students who passed with distinction in the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) have been rewarded for the stellar performance.
The award winners who are currently in senior secondary schools were selected from all 16 regions across the country.
They were presented with medals, a year’s supply of Milo products, exercise books as well as plaques.
Two awardees have hearing impairment and two others are visually impaired.
Speaking at the ceremony, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo commended the students for standing out as the best students among the 572,000 students who sat for the BECE in 2020.
According to President Akufo-Addo, they had brought considerable joy and pride to their families, schools, communities and to themselves and that the leadership of the country was in their hands.
He urged them to continue to work hard to maintain standards and not to allow their current successes get to their heads.
“Know that you can go as far as you want by remaining diligent and hardworking and holding on to a strong moral compass,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo reassured the students that the government would continue to take their education and other Ghanaian children seriously and invest in them to help secure the country's future.
He added that his government was determined to complete the transformation of the country into a modern 21st century nation that remained distinctly and uniquely Ghanaian and for that reason would invest in the educational system since it was a key priority.
In that bid, President Akufo-Addo said the government had commenced the construction of 20 sciences, technology, engineering and Mathematics centres across the country, with all 20 in various stages of completion.
He stated that “the completion of nine model senior high schools across the country is imminent and this year, government will expand the free senior high school programme to cover all first year students in public TVET institutions.”
The President added that government would continue the programme of implementing the various reforms and projects in the TVET sector, including the rehabilitation and upgrading of technical universities, upgrading and modernisation of the 34 NVTI centres, retooling of TVET institutions and the establishment of 10 state-of-the-art TVET institutes.
These interventions, the President said, were geared towards the growth and development of Ghana.
“We're preparing for the birth of a prosperous society, a society which creates opportunities for all Its citizens, rewards creativity and enterprise, honesty and hard work,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo urged all of the award winners to take advantage of the wide-ranging opportunities that would be available to them in the years ahead to make a future for themselves.
He also encouraged them to remain grounded, honest and modest as they strived for excellence.
For his part, the Managing Director of Nestle Ghana Limited, Georgios Badaro, said being selected as recipients of the prestigious award meant that the hard work of their first external examinations paid off.
He reiterated that the nation as well as their parents and teachers were proud of their performance during the BECE.
He encouraged them to put in more efforts in their next level of education and continue to be a shining example to many others after them.