Navrongo (UE), July 13, GNA - The 1977 Year Group of the Navrongo Senior High School (NAVASCO), have co-sponsored this year’s Speech and Prize Day of the school at Navrongo in the Upper East Region.
The Day was abandoned by the school decades ago as result of challenges.
Dr Kwabena Donkor, the former Minister of Power, who is also a member of the 1977 Year Group stated that the School which was established in the 1960’s by the first President of Ghana, Dr Kwame Nkrumah was a national institution which had contributed significantly to the human resource base across the country and the globe.
The former Minister who expressed worry about the fallen standards of education in the School challenged the staff and the students to work hard to help restore the academic facility to its glory.
He gave the assurance that the 1977 Year Group including other year groups known as “Nabias“ would continue to support the school in its development.
He expressed the hope that the rejuvenation of the Speech and Prize Day would help contribute to improving upon the academic standards in the school and challenged management to map out vigorous strategies to look out for past students to support its growth and development.
Dr Donkor and the Board Chairman of the School, Professor David Miller handed over the baton to the 1978 group to organise the next Speech and Prize Day.
He commended the Nabias and the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for supporting the construction and renovation of some projects in the school including some bath houses, KVIPS, the girls dormitory block, the Business and the Home Economic Blocks, the MacDonald hall, kitchen and staff bungalows.
Dr Donkor presented laptops and tablets, sports equipment and cadet uniforms to the School.
Ms Francisca Yizura, the Headmistress, appealed to the Government to renovate projects that were constructed in the 1960s and had since not witness any repairs.
These include the dining hall, three dormitory blocks and 12 staff bungalows.
She also appealed for a school bus.
Mr Frank Fuseini Adongo, the Deputy Regional Minister, who was the Guest of Honour spoke on the theme: “Discipline; Key to Academic Excellence and Social Transformation.”
He asked the students to cultivate the habit of respect for authority and their colleagues, exhibit punctuality, self-control and tolerance.
He gave the assurance that government was revamping the Ghana Education Trust Fund and would support the school with infrastructure as soon the exercise was done.
He called on the authorities to institute early warning mechanism to help prevent students' rioting and demonstrations.
Mr Mohammed Haroon, the National President of Nabia, said his outfit was not leaving any stone unturned to help mobilise resources from all the branches of the Association in the country and beyond to help complement government efforts in the development of the school.
“The zeal of the old students to support the school is overwhelming,” he said.
Prof Miller said one of the best ways the past students could contribute to the society was to support the growth of their Alma Mata.
Nineteen 19 students including teaching and non-teaching staff received various awards for their exceptional contribution to the school.