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Solange Antwi-Donkor elected best student at IGCSE

Solange Antwi-Donkor (left) poses with her mother after receiving her awards.

Students from British Council partner schools in Ghana who stood out in the 2021 Cambridge International Examination Series at the national level were honored last Friday (October 14, 2022) in Accra.

Honors were presented at the British Council Partner Schools Awards night based on the excellent achievement of winners in international qualifications such as the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), Certificate General Education (GCE), as well as the Advanced level. Examinations (A-Level) and Ordinary Level (O-Level).

Big winners

In the 2021 exam, a student from Merton International Primary and High School, Solange Antwi-Donkor emerged as the top student in the IGCSE with 9A* and an average mark of 96.89%.

She also won three other individual awards, Star Performer IGCSE Additional Mathematics for scoring 100% on this exam; Star Performer – IGCSE First Language English and Star Performer – IGCSE Mathematics (without course).

In an interview after collecting her awards, Ms Antwi-Donkor said she had to make a lot of personal sacrifices to achieve the feat.

She revealed that she had to stop using her phone frequently and avoid attending certain social events with her friends.

“It takes a lot of sacrifice and self-discipline, I used to go to sleep around 12 p.m. and wake up at 5 a.m. just to have time to study, even at school I would skip lunch or I was studying while having lunch, so you have to make sacrifices.

Ms Antwi-Donkor, who intends to pursue a career in scientific research and become a teacher in the future, also urged girls across the country to keep pursuing their dreams and goals.

A student of Ghana Christian International High School, Nathan Adu-Tutu also won the Best O-Level Student award, having received five awards previously, namely; Star Performer Awards for GCE O Level Additional Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

Master Eric Owuraku Asare, a student of Alpha Beta Christian College, became the top student in GCE As & A Level for winning three Star Performer Awards in Chemistry, Information Technology and Physics.

Best Partner Schools

In Ghana, the British Council currently works with 76 schools through its partner schools programme. Last year, 7,000 students sat the Cambridge exams in Ghana and that figure has risen to 8,500 this year.

The British Council supports schools with exam delivery, dedicated account management and professional development for teachers and school leaders.

Three schools, Delhi Private School International, Ghana Christian International High School and Alpha Beta Christian College won the Best IGCSE School, Best GCE O Level School and Best GCE As and A Level School awards respectively at the ceremony.

In a welcome speech, British Council National Director Chikodi Onyemerela acknowledged the contributions of teachers, parents and school leaders to the success of the winners.

He said the international program has the advantage of providing global access for students, allowing them to compete on the global stage.