A student from the Adeiso Senior High School in the Eastern Region, who obtained grade A1 in all eight subjects in the 2020 WASSCE but comes from a deprived home is to get government scholarship to pursue tertiary education.
Thomas Amoani lives in Asuaba near Adeiso and read General Arts.
He obtained Excellent grades of A1 in Social Studies, English Language, Mathematics (Core), Integrated Science, Economics, Geography, Government and Mathematics (Elective).
His dream is to attend the University of Ghana to read Economics.
A video interview [attached below] of how he was able to go to senior high school because of the free SHS educational policy has been shared on social media.
Amoani in the interview narrated how he walked from Asuaba to Adeiso, a distance of about 6-kilometres on a daily basis to attend school.
He was a day student.
He said he was motivated to persevere because of his poor background.
His mother also narrated how Thomas, who is her second born would not have been able to go to SHS but for the free SHS policy.
Following that, the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat in the Office of the President in a press statement issued Tuesday, November 24, 2020 by the Registrar, Kingsley Agyemang said, "H.E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has taken notice of a social media video reporting of the excellent results of Thomas Amoani who lives in Asuaba near Adeiso and attended Adeiso SHS."
It said the student reportedly scored 8 'A's in the recently released WASSCE results.
It said as a normal practice and taking into consideration the socio-geographical background of the student, President Akufo-Addo has expressly directed the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat to grant a full scholarship award to the student for his tertiary studies.
It added that the Scholarship Secretariat has already established contact with the student and parent and will on Friday, November 27, 2020 pay a visit to the family to discuss their needs in detail.
Meanwhile, the Registrar of Scholarship, Mr Agyemang also revealed that a major announcement from the Secretariat would be made on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
"We again, seize this opportunity to inform our cherished WASSCE graduates to prepare themselves for a big announcement from the Secretariat on Tuesday, 1st December, 2020."
"The retooled Ghana Scholarships Secretariat is now strategically positioned to effectively deliver on its mandate of awarding scholarships to Ghanaians for tertiary education," it added.
Watch the video interview below