Adoboli Dominic, GNA
Torveh (VR), Dec. 05, GNA - Madam Enyonam Esi Amafogah, Volta Regional Director of Education, has entreated students to avoid negative practices, which could detract their attention from academic work.
She asked them to “eschew pilfering, promiscuity, homosexuality, lesbianism, stealing, reading and watching of pornographic materials and other ungodly acts that only end up destroying your … wellbeing.”
Madam Amafogah was addressing the launch of the 10th anniversary of the St. Catherine Girls’ Senior High School (SCASCO) at Torve near Akatsi, where the school started before re-locating to its current campus at Agbakope near Sogakope.
“As youths and students, your core objective must be to learn hard, pass your examinations with ease to lay the foundation for your career development to become assets to society,” she said.
Madam Amafogah said the theme for the launch: “Educating the Girl Child – An Asset to Nation Building”, was very apt in view of the contribution of the woman to the growth of society in equal measure to that of men because of the skills they got by education.
She said though some schools boast of doing well in the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), scoring 100 per cent, many of their students scored weak grades, including failures in English and Mathematics and called for attention on those subjects.
She said in some cases more than 50 per cent of students recorded “E8” and “F” in the core subjects, which meant they could not continue to the tertiary level.
Madam Amafogah commended the Keta-Akatsi Roman Catholic Diocese for supporting the School for the past 10 years though it was absorbed by government.
Mr. Emmanuel Louis Agamah, South Tongu District Chief Executive (DCE), bemoaned the growing spate of vandalism involving destruction of school infrastructure and private properties among students in recent time and cautioned schools in the area against such acts.
He said the Assembly was building infrastructure in schools to meet demands, adding an 18-point shower and 12-seater water-closet toilet facilities were being built at SCASCO and assured that appeals by the school for a duty post vehicle would be addressed.
Ms Hellen Avevor, Headmistress, SCASCO, said with 77 students in 2009, the School now had 856 students, doing excellently in academic and extra-curriculum activities, becoming a choice for parents and students, with pressure on facilities.
She appealed for a chapel, library, assembly hall, classroom blocks, dormitories, furniture, staff flats and a fence wall and asked the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) to complete an administration block project in the school to free up three classrooms now serving as the administration block.