Accra High School celebrates 95th Anniversary

BY SAMUEL APEA-DANQUAH - Nov 27, 2018 at 7:36am 100

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By Julius K. Satsi, GNA

Accra, Nov. 26, GNA – The Accra High School has celebrated its 95th Anniversary Speech and Prize-giving Day with a call on parents to consult teachers before making subject choices for their wards.

The Day, held on the theme: “Accra High at 95: Mitigating the Challenges to Education, The Role of Stakeholders” was attended by old students, parents and teachers among others.

Dr Emmanuel Adjei, the Head of Information Studies Department at the University of Ghana, who gave the advice at the weekend, said inasmuch as parents desired that their wards pursue a particular programme, it was prudent to do that in collaboration with the teachers and counsellors who could best identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses.

He said: “We have many parents encouraging or sometimes forcing their wards to offer courses in which they are weak.”

Dr Adjei, who is an old student of the school, said at the secondary level, most parents preferred science and mathematics to general arts, business and the vocational programmes, adding that, some students have the potential to excel in the technical and vocational programmes.

He said vocational and technical programmes were not less important in the world today, as the challenges that society faces today required experts from all fields to achieve lasting solutions.

He urged stakeholders to ensure that the policies and programmes developed for education as well as priorities must be seen in the context of the country’s stage of development and challenges faced at each point.

On his part, Mr Kobina Baidoo, the Head Master of Accra High School said the introduction of the Double Track System has drastically increased the population of the school to 2,192 out of which 490 were in SHS 3, 518 in SHS 2 and 1,184 in SHS 1, for both the Green and Gold Track.

He said the school has a staff strength of 135 teachers and 31 non-teaching staff, who have proven over the years that unity is the hall mark for development, which has contributed to the growth of the school in all forms.

The Head Master said the Parent Teacher Association for some years now had become very vibrant and resourceful to the growth of the school, which has motivated both teachers and students to put in their best shots.

He, however, noted that, the current number of students required a bigger canteen during break period, saying that, a canteen project started by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly some years back needed to be completed urgently to salvage the situation.

He urged the school management to work harder and ensure that students who break school rules were identified, counselled and reformed, and urged stakeholders to assist the school in instilling discipline. 

Mr Isaac Kwame Asiamah, the Minister of Youth and Sports, who is an old student of the School, urged management of the school to commence preparations toward the centenary celebration of the school.

He said the School in the past 95 years has produced quality human resources, who have significantly impacted positively on the socio-economic development of the country and in the diaspora.

Mr Asiamah pledged his commitment to assist his alma mater to become an excellent place of building future leaders for Ghana.  

Master Gideon Baah, the Head Prefect of the school urged his fellow students to take their academic works serious as it was the main reason for their stay in the school.

Mr Edmund Duffuor-Addae, the President of the Old Student’s Association, called on the school management to give off their best and desist from any lackadaisical attitude.

He called on parents to avoid shirking their responsibilities, especially as the free Senior High School policy had been introduced by the Government, and urged the students to study persistently to reciprocate the efforts put in by their parents to become resourceful in future.

GNA

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