Techiman Senior High School in the Bono East Region, has been crowned champions of the 2020 Ghana Science Olympiad (GSO) at the grand finale held on Thursday 26 November, 2020, at the Science Resource Centre, Cantonments, Accra.
Techiman SHS beat tough competition from twenty other finalists during the three-day intensive three tier tests that consisted of Integrated Science practical, theory written in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Agriculture Science and Mathematics.
The twenty (20) finalists (schools) have scaled competitions from the preliminary contests held at Sunyani and Tamale for the two hundred and thirty-one (231) schools.
At the ceremony to crown participants for their scholarly arts in the sciences, speakers took turns to praise the organizers of this wonderful competition among the less endowed Senior High Schools in the country.
Prof Atinuke Adebanje, of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, KNUST, encouraged the participants and the awardees to strive towards academic heights in the sciences as there are opportunities for all students to pursue higher education to the best of their abilities.
The Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, in a goodwill message read on his behalf by Mrs. Felicia Agyeibea Okai, Director at the DG’s Secretariat, underscored the importance of science education as the nation moves towards industrialization via STEM through the application of vocational/technical skills in developing the country.
There were exclusive prizes for schools and individual participants for excelling.
Techiman SHS received Minister of Education Special Award of a 55-inch smart board. This smart Board contains content installed to facilitate the teaching of the sciences in audio video character. The school also received a giant glittering trophy, plaque and a certificate.
Kumasi Senior High Technical and Wesley Grammar School, Dansoman, placed second and third respectively. They received trophies, plaques and certificates.
The Director General’s Special Awards went to individuals for demonstrating brilliance among forty (40) participants.
Master Mikail Tauhir of Kumasi Senior Technical School, was adjudged the overall Best Student. He received the Director-General’s award of Laboratory Equipment, a Samsung tablet, plaque, books and a certificate.
Master Derrick Nartey, Wesley Grammar SHS, Dansoman-Accra and Joseph Frimpong-Kotei, Techiman SHS, placed second and third respectively
Victoria Mends of Armed Forces SHST, Burma Camp, came top as the Best Girl. She received a tablet, certificate and a set of books.
Director of the Science Education Unit of the Ghana Education Service, Mrs. Olivia Serwaa Opare, was grateful to Hon Minister of Education, the Director General and his able deputies, the management of GES, technicians, examiners, consultants and all persons who made this third edition of the Ghana Science Olympiad a huge success.