The Talimul Islam (T.I) Ahmadiyya Senior High School (SHS) at Gomoa Potsin in the Central Region has held its 40th anniversary and speech and prizing-giving day on the theme, '40 years of Secondary Education in a rural setting, the benefits, challenges, and the way forward'.
The event was marked with exhibitions, commissioning of newly built boys and girls dormitories, new classroom blocks, computer centre, and cadet display.
In an address, the headmaster of the school, Mr Nazir Ahmad Keelson noted that the school was established by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission of Ghana with support from the Gomoa Potsin community initially as a private educational institution in 1972.
According to him, the school is one of the educational institutions established under the Nusrat Jahan (Service to Humanity) scheme initiated by the late Khalifatul Masih III, Hadhrat Hafiz Mirza Nasir Ahmad, the Supreme Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community worldwide.
The school started with only 13 boys and a girl and four tutors including the first headmaster, Mr Sharif Ahmad, a Pakistani, but presently, it has a student population of 2,150 made up of 1,162 boys and 988 girls, with teaching staff strength of 81, while the non-teaching staff is 44.
The school offers programmes such as General Arts, Business, General Science, Home Economics, Visual Arts, and Technical.
Touching on academic performance of the school, Mr Keelson revealed that the school recorded 100 percent passes in the 2012 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and attributed this feat to the dedication of the dedication of the academic staff and the hard work of the students.
He commended the Ghana Education Service (GES), the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission of Ghana, the Gomoa East District Assembly and the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Gomoa East, Mr Ekow Panyin Okyere especially in the area of infrastructure.
He said discipline among both the staff and students had improved tremendously over the years. However, the headmaster pointed out that the school lacks facilities such as staff accommodation, inadequate classrooms, inadequate dormitory blocks, and a spacious assembly hall.
Mr Keelson, therefore appealed to the government, corporate bodies, the old students, benevolent organisations, and individuals to go to its aid, to address some of its deficits.
The Deputy Director General of GES, Mr Charles Aheto Segah, said 40 years in the life of a school was the proof of acceptance by society and the indication of their reliance and confidence that had the capacity to support the upbringing and formation of its young citizenry.
He added that the school had fulfilled the hopes and aspirations of the people and had acquired in addition a reputation that went beyond its immediate environs.
Mr Segah assured that the GES was determined to continue to place majority of their trained teachers in rural areas and remain absolute as they try to resist the parochial interest of sections of their populace who by dint of their migration into urban areas believe that their rural should remain static.
The Central Regional Minister, Ms Ama Benyiwaa-Doe was delighted about the invaluable and collective efforts with which stakeholders had managed and sustained the activities of the Gomoa Potsin T.I Ahmadiyya Senior High School.
She noted that it was the right of every child of school going age to have access to quality education and a proper upbringing which was a pre-requisite in an individual's life, adding, "a nation of educated, skilled, well-informed and morally sound people can build a just and prosperous society".
The well-attended function was chaired by Maulvi Dr. A. Wahab Adam, ameer and Missionary-In-Charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission of Ghana.