Bawku (UE) July 3, GNA - The Upper East Regional Minister, Mr Rockson Ayine Bukari, has reiterated government’s commitment to ensure that the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme works perfectly to bring relief to parents and students.
He conceded that rolling out such a policy and its management was not easy, however as a government was determined to make it work
He said “government is also determined to prove its worth as a people centred one, prioritizing education as a fundamental pre-requisite for the country’s development and that is not negotiable. Government will therefore go every length to make the Free SHS succeeds”.
Mr Bukari said this at the 54th speech and price day of the Bawku SHS in Bawku at the weekend and indicated that government would not relent in ensuring that every child of school going age was in school as part of the strategy to move Ghana to a high literacy country on the African continent.
The Minister called on stakeholders including students, parents and School Management Teams, Boards of governors, the Ministry of Education as well as traditional authorities to support government’s bid to push education high through its flagship programmes since most of them were interconnected.
He commended the Paramount Chief of the Bawku Traditional Area, Naba Asigri Abugrago Azoka the second, for allocating the land to the school and helping the school’s authorities to protect it from encroachers.
The school which was established in 1963, by the first president of Ghana, Dr Kwame Nkrumah to promote secondary education in the country identified discipline as a development tool to champion the course of self-dependence when the students face real life situations after school, hence choosing the theme: “Discipline, hard work and a peaceful environment: Pre-requests for academic excellence”
Alhaj Abdulah Otito Achuliwor, Chairman of Board of Directors of the school, speaking on the theme noted that it was essential to nature discipline in the students in order to achieve the elements in the theme and said discipline could only be achieved through determination and selflessness.
He urged the students to accept and strictly follow the school’s rules and regulations to nurture them for a better future.
He noted that the school over the years had produced renowned personalities in the country who were now useful human resource in the various sectors of the economy including Ministers of state, national security and Public and Civil servants.
He warned the students to avoid social vices such as premarital sex, alcoholism, stealing, hooliganism, and drugs, and reminded them of their role in national development adding that they were the driving force for nation building, hence the need for them to be self-disciplined in order to achieve the successes they have all been yearning for.
Mr Joseph Dindiok Kpemka, Deputy Minister for Justice and Attorney General who is an old student of the school said many leaders and great kingdoms had fallen due to indiscipline, and told the students that for them to benefit from the rules of life, they needed to be disciplined.
The Minister urged stakeholders including parents and teachers, the old students Associations to help the school’s management to enforce the disciplinary codes of the school as part of measures to imbibe in them acts of discipline as they grow to face the realities of life.
Mr Simon-Bismark Kpuli, headmaster of the school noted that the school was bedevilled with some development challenges including infrastructure, water, students and staff accommodation, transportation among others.
He said the school had a population of 2051 students running various academic programmes and has performed credibly well in academic, sports and other extracurricular activities, in spite of the various challenges confronting it.
The headmaster received a citation presented to him by the Regional Minister for dedication to hard work.
Master Eliasu Bansi Yahaya a second year General Arts student received the overall best student award while Madam Rosemond Abbey, a Home Science teacher received the best teacher award.