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Independence JHS wins Obuasi Basic Schools quiz

BY: Richard Williams Asante
Independence JHS wins Obuasi Basic Schools quiz

Obuasi Independence Junior High School (JHS) mounted a strong challenge to defeat Obuasi SDA M/A JHS in two-horse race to win this year's basic school quiz competition in Obuasi.

Independence won the ultimate prize with 67 points as against 48.5 points by SDA.


The winner took home a gold trophy, medals and a cash prize of GHS 5,000.00 while the runner-up was also decorated with medals and a cash prize of GHS 3,000.00

In addition, the two top schools went home with computers, textbooks, dictionaries, tablets, projectors, and backpacks..


The programme was organised by mining giant, AngloGold Ashanti (AGA), as part of its educational improvement project.

The competition is organised annually to address the capacity-building challenges in Obuasi schools and to enlighten stakeholders on the importance of education.

This year, the students tackled topics on environment and sanitation.

The Senior Sustainability Manager of AGA, Mr Emmanuel Baidoo, said since education was key to societal advancement at all levels, quality education and conservation of the environment were key to attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The yearly competition was in tandem with the development plan of Obuasi Municipal and Obuasi East District Assemblies as well as AGA’s 10-year socio-economic development plan.

He said the mine, through the collaboration of the Obuasi Municipal and Obuasi East District Directorate of Education had distributed 17,000 numeracy books, trained 400 core subject teachers and sponsored mock examinations for all public basic schools in Obuasi.

Mr Baidoo stated that the annual basic school quiz competition was in the quest of achieving its educational improvement programme objective in the socio-economic development plan.

“Since investment in education is a sure way to long-term human capital development, AGA ensures that all educational policies in its socio-economic development plan will be fulfilled,” he added.

The Obuasi Municipal Education Director, Mr Alfred George Koomson, said the competition will raise the bar for schools to do better as well as encourage underdog schools to work harder.

The Obuasi East District Education Director, Mr Kwabena Owusu Nketia, expressed the hope that such an activity will help build students confidence and communication skills.