The Vice President, Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia has called for upgrading and provision of facilities at Accra High School to enable it to function effectively as a boarding school.
He said the provision of facilities such as a dining hall, dormitories for boys and girls, furniture and staff quarters would help guardians to care for children on campus and, among other things , would make the lives of students comfortable, thus creating an atmosphere conducive to better academic performance.
Dr Bawumia said this on Saturday in Accra at the school’s centenary launch and fundraiser which was held under the theme ‘Accra Secondary School at 100, the state of the education, school and the future”.
He therefore asked the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, to ensure that the school is provided with the necessary infrastructure.
“So, Honorable Minister of Education, we are not just talking about the equipment of the science laboratory, we want to see that the dormitories, the dining hall, the staff quarters are being built.
“This is the oldest high school in the Greater Accra, Eastern and Volta regions. They are 100 years old and pay tribute to their service to the country by providing the necessary infrastructure,” said Dr. Bawumia.
The Vice President said that the government introduced the Free High Schools Policy (FSHS) in 2017 to make secondary education free for all Ghanaian children which brought great relief to the children and their parents.
He said the government would continue to work hard to deliver on its promise to Ghanaians, adding that “we cannot afford to disappoint the young and future leaders of the country.”
He said that as a result of the FSHS, more girls have enrolled and there is now virtual gender parity in high schools between boys and girls and called on Ghanaians to rally behind the government as he fulfills this primary mandate of preparing future leaders for a better and prosperous Ghana.
He urged the board, management, guardians, alumni, parents and current students to do their part to take the school to another level stating that for “Accra High School, this celebration of centenary should be the opening of a new chapter so far as far as the school is concerned.”
The Minister of Education, Dr. Adutwum, for his part, has undertaken to equip the scientific laboratory with equipment to aid teaching and learning.
He said the country’s education system was on track despite some challenges it was facing and pledged to strengthen junior secondary education (JHS) to give Ghana a strong education system.
He paid tribute to the founding fathers of the school for their sacrifice and dedication to the school.
Principal of the school, Mrs Evelyn Nabia, said year-long activities that would herald the anniversary celebrations include the funfair and homecoming, centenary carol service, workshops, represent your home, conferences, Founder’s Day celebration.
The rest, she said, was sports and a funfair, a float, a health walk, screenings and talks, a candlelight procession, a night vigil and bonfire, an exhibition, a great durbar and thanksgiving. #