National Qualifying Exam Hurdle
Upon completing their junior secondary school education, all students take a national qualifying exam to gain admission to a tuition-based Senior High School, with only the most talented scoring high enough to be admitted at all. Less than 50% of students in the entire country score well enough to obtain admission to Senior High School. In the Manya Krobo region, the statistics are even worse.
The high school qualifying exam is scored without any consideration for differences in the quality of the primary and junior secondary education a student has received. Our scholarship recipients compete with students who attend elite private schools, where the educational quality is high and all students receive books. Our scholarship recipients need to receive the same high scores as these students to gain admission.
Considering all the obstacles our recipients overcome just to qualify for a place in Senior High School, you can understand why the term “Brilliant but Needy” exists.