Well well well… this is a rather sad and an unfortunate story.
These students from Sandema SHTS impressed the dozens of patrons that have gathered at the University of Ghana Business School auditorium to witness the National Science and Maths Quiz competition between St Johns Grammar Sch, Sandema SHTS and Anlo SHS.
Filled with its twist and turns, Sandema SHTS ended the competition with more points than any of their two competitors.
The Emmanuel Awini and Kelvin Awine Nnaa tag team obtained 40 points for their school while Johns Grammar Sch finished with 36 Points ahead of Anlo SHS who had 19 points.
But amidst the jubilations by the boys from Sandema is the startling reality that all the other students they have just beaten will be heading off to the university later this year but they wouldn’t.
In fact, completing the Senior High School might become the highest level of education they can attain.
That wouldn’t be due to the fact that they did not pass their WASSCE – in fact – we can be assured that these intelligent boys will be able to make a good grade that would be good enough to gain admission into any university of their choice.
The reason why they wouldn’t be going to university this year and next year or many other years after is that their families do not have the funds to put them through university.
According to them, they didn’t have money to even purchase university forms to submit their application, let alone have enough money to cover tuition, books, feeding and accommodation – the basics of the costly tertiary education.
This sad reality is the life of these young intelligent boys who against all odds travelled miles from the Upper East to face off with their colleagues from well resourced southern senior high schools.
“Over there (in the Upper East) it’s not easy at all, for you to even get that GHS 100 or GHS 200 to register is not easy,” they told Kuulpeeps in an interview shortly after they qualified to the next round of the 2018 NSMQ.
“We wish we had gotten one because most of our friends who are from this area (the south) they said they have purchased KNUST forms and others, we wished we had also purchased some but,” they said.
Watch the interview below:
It will be sad if SHS will be Emmanuel Awini and Kelvin Awine Nnaa’s highest level of education.