Parents gave a standing ovation when the Headmistress of Wesley Girls’ High School, Mrs Betty Dzokoto, told them at a Parents/Teachers’ Association meeting on Saturday that 96 students scored 8 A1 at the 2012 West African School Certificate Examination.
Last year the school emerged the best senior high school in the country with 18 candidates scoring 8 A1 and parents showed appreciation by buying a laptop each for the teachers.
The PTA on Saturday unanimously agreed that parents should contribute 50 Ghana cedis each to be shared among the teachers for their hard work and commitment that enabled the school to maintain its position as the best in the country.
A visibly elated Mrs Dzokoto told the excited parents that in the 2012 examination, 78 candidates scored 7 A1, 63 had 6 A1 and 48 made 5 A1 and thanked parents for their support and cooperation. She appealed to parents and guardians to have confidence in the ability of the school to prepare their daughters adequately for final examinations and it has proved this consistently.
Mrs Dzokoto said Wey Gey Hey does not allow private extra classes for students whose parents can afford to pay for private tuition. “This is a Christian institution and we do not discriminate. There is no rich student and there is no poor student. What we seek to do is to create the atmosphere for all students to achieve academic excellence.
We believe in teamwork and it is working for us,” she said. Mrs Dzokoto said parents do their best to motivate teachers and they respond by driving themselves hard to achieve results that are second to none. “We are not in competition with anybody. We are in competition with ourselves.” Prof Joseph Kwarteng, Chairman of the PTA, appealed to parents to always approach the school’s administration whenever they have a problem and avoid resorting to other means.
“The school’s administration is always available to listen to us. Let us give our daughters the peace of mind to study,” he said.
A parent, Mr Raphael Boadu, told the GNA “it seems it is only Wey Gey Hey that can break its own academic record” and praised structures that the school had put in place to enable students achieve academic excellence. He appealed to the government to allow missions to play significant roles in schools they established because these schools are among the best in the country.
Mr Boadu mentioned some of these schools as Wesley Girls, Holy Child, Mfantsipim, St Augustine, Pope John, St Roses, Adisadel, Presec, Aburi Girls, St Peters, St Mary’s, St Louis, Opoku Ware, Archbishop Porters, OLA and a host of others.
“Let us give the mission schools more say in the running of their schools and they will deliver,” he said. Three form two students who want to be known by their initials, B.E.K, H.M.G.A and P.O, said their seniors had given them a tall yardstick to measure up to.
“Ninety-six out of 384 candidates scoring 8 A1 is like a dream. We shall do our best so that in 2014, when the saints go marching in we shall be in the number,” they said.