26 March 2010

Ghana: Aggrey Memorial SHS Launches 70th Anniversary

THE HEADMASTER of Aggrey Memorial Zion Senior High School in Cape Coast in the Central region, Mr. Akwasi Amoako Amoantwi, has outlined among other things the insufficient staff bungalows, dormitories, an infirmary to cater for students' health needs, as well as a fence wall to halt activities of encroachers on the school's 43.8 acre land, as some of the major challenges facing the school.

For this reason, Mr. Amoantwi has made an appeal to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), old students of the school and other benevolent groups to provide sponsorship for the school's 70th Speech and Prize-Giving day celebration and to further address the numerous issues confronting the school.

He made the call in Accra yesterday at the launch of the school's 70th anniversary celebration scheduled for May this year.

The theme for the occasion is -'The Role of Stakeholders in education delivery in Ghana.' He mentioned that though the

school had churned out very responsible people who are now manning top positions both at home and abroad, little had been done to improve the standard of the school.

The Aggrey Memorial A.M.E. Zion SHS was founded in 1940 by the late Rev. Dr. A.W.E. Appiah with just six boys.

The aim of naming the school after his late uncle, Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey, was to perpetuate his memory by means of establishing an institution which would give young boys and girls adequate secondary education.

Currently, it has a student population of about 1,780, out of which 918 are boys and 862 are girls, with 85 permanent teachers and 94 non-teaching staff.

Courses offered in the school include Agricultural Science, Home Economics, Visual Arts, Business, General Arts and General Science. "The school administration is supported by the Boarding Council which is tasked to ensure sanity and disciplined in the school. The general comportment of the school at the moment is very satisfactory", he said.

The Headmaster noted that the school's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) status was very high with a 120 feet transmission mast linked via satellite with AT&T in the US On his part, an old student of the school, now Chief Executive Officer of Fairmile Group of Companies, Charles Dontoh, argued that the physical structure of his Alma Mata, compared with the increasing number of students admitted was unacceptable. He urged stakeholders to ensure the survival of the school so that it can rub shoulders with some of the best schools in the country.

"The elite schools are not waiting for us to catch up with them. They are already galloping. But we must run twice as fast, not only to catch up with them, but to overtake them as well", he pointed out.

He added that "this is a covenant we have to sign with ourselves as stakeholders of this dynamic institution. We need to substantially increase our infrastructure to meet the current student and academic staff population".

Mr. Dontoh, however, advised that "we should exploit all the contacts we have at high levels of government, private and para-statal organizations and more importantly, contribute in cash or in kind to make things happen".

The National President of the old students association (AMOSA), Mr. Percy Duker also added his voice by noting that education delivery can only be achieved by all and not just some few individuals.

All past students, he stated, should come back home to help raise the standard of the school.

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