Sunday, February 13, 2011


Master Arnold Brendan Osei, a Junior High School pupil at Alhassan Gbanzaba Memorial School in the Northern Region of Ghana, has been adjudged the second best in French in the region.

Brendan Osei, 14, who is currently in JHS 3 preparing to write the 2011 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in April, placed second in a French quiz competition organized last year by the Regional Centre for the Teaching of French (CREFT) in Tamale.

He was adjudged the second best French student recently at an event to mark this year’s French Awareness Day Celebration held at the GNAT Hall in Tamale. The event was under the theme: “Connect with the world; learn French”.

For his prize, Master Brendan Osei alongside thirty other awardees from selected Primary, Junior High and Senior High Schools who took part in the same competition took home dictionaries and some French literature books for their outstanding performances.

An Assistant Senior School Prefect of Alhassan Gbanzaba Memorial School, one of the best private educational institutions in the Northern Regional capital, Master Brendan Osei is obsessed with French and science.

However, his father Mr. Joseph Charles Osei, said his son wants to read science at the Senior High School level because he has a dream of becoming a medical doctor.

According to Mr. Osei in an interview with Savannahnews, “my son though shy, does not joke with his studies. “My son is very good at French and science, but his desire is to read medicine in future”, he said.

He expressed the desire to support him to the apex of the academic ladder if he continues to put in much effort in his studies.

Master Arnold Brendan Osei Savannahnews learnt, had topped second twice in the same quiz competition in which he is often being beaten by his rivals by just one or one and half marks.

The Northern Regional Director of the Ghana Education Service, Mrs. Elisabeth De-souza, appealed to parents to encourage their children to take the study of French very serious like any other subject taught in the school.

She also urged the few French teachers in the schools to be committed to their work and make the learning of the subject very simple and interesting for students to learn it.

Meanwhile, French teachers at the event which was aimed at whipping up the interest in French studies, appealed to government to establish a higher institution of learning for French only. This in their view would help solve the problem associated with the shortage of French teachers in the country”.

They further stated that even though currently, there are quite a number of French professionals ready to take up teaching as a profession, they have not been accepted by the GES simply because, they were trained outside the country.

The Northern Regional Director of CREFT, Mr. Cletus Ganaah, said that, there are a lot of bureaucracies involving the process that people trained outside have to go through in order to acquire accreditation or recognition before they can teach in public or government schools.

The Director of CREFT also observed that, the French speaking countries in Africa have made the learning of English compulsory in their schools, which is therefore complementing their efforts on the job market and trade across the continent and other parts of the world. This is because French is the second widely spoken language in the world after English, he said.

Mr. Ganaah therefore, called on government to endeavour make it easier for French teachers trained outside the country get the opportunity to teach in Ghana, while the study of the subject made compulsory.

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