Ms Essel gave the advice when she addressed 400 fresh students of Agona Fankobaa Community Senior High School at a day’s orientation for them and said they must count themselves lucky.
She said many of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates, who had better grades in previous years, could not go to school due to financial challenges.
She reminded them of the rules and regulations of the Free SHS Policy, one of which is that a repeated student would be made to pay fees to serve as deterrent to those who would not learn hard to pass their exam.
Ms Essel said the Policy had lessened the financial burden on their parents and it was up to them to burn the midnight candle and come out with flying colours.
She cautioned the students against engaging in “boy-girl relationships,” which could jeopardise their future aspirations adding; “It is better to abstain from sexual activities that could truncate your education.”
She said government would also give them one hot meal a day and there was no need to miss that opportunity.
Mr Sydney Biney, the Headmaster of the School, appealed to the Ghana Education Services to post more tutors to the school to enhance effective teaching and learning.
He said the school lacked a science laboratory, which forced the tutors to send students to Swedru Senior High School for science practical work adding that the provision of the lab would curtail the risk involved in the students’ travelling over long distances.
Mr Biney appealed for a teachers’ bungalow to enable the teachers to stay on campus for effective teaching and learning instead of having to commute from Agona Swedru, Winneba, Apam and other places to the school.
He said the procurement for the provision of uniforms and other materials for the Form One students had been submitted to the Ministry of Education and called on it to expedite action.