By Dorothy Frances Ward, GNA
Kumasi, Feb. 18. GNA – Dr Kwabena Opoku – Adusei, Director of the Kintampo College of Health, has advised students not to allow their indigent family backgrounds to deter them from attaining higher academic excellence.
Students must have aims and goals in life, remain focused and work hard to achieve these lifetime aspirations in other to become responsible adults in the future.
Dr Opoku – Adusei was speaking at a counselling session organised by the Old Students Association of the Osei Kyeretwie Senior High School in Kumasi for the first-year students of the school.
The counselling session was aimed at psyching them up to obtain the required mental toughness to enable them confront all issues of life whiles also boosting their moral to study hard and embrace moral uprightness- a good ingredient to aid the learning process in the school environment.
The students were taken through topics such as effective time management, achieving academic excellence and sex/drug abuse.
Dr Opoku-Adusei, an old student of the school, said students had a choice to be successful even if they were from poor backgrounds.
“You now have better learning environment, better facilities, unlike our time when most of the structures in this school were wooden, so you are in better position now to study hard”.
He advised the students not to waste government resources but to take advantage of the free senior high school policy being implemented by the government and study hard to make the nation proud of them.
Lawyer George Sarpong, Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, also a past student, advised the students to manage their time properly in order to be successful, adding that great achievers managed their time properly.
Madam Felicia Fosuaa Tettey, Kumasi Metropolitan Guidance and Counselling Coordinator, on her part, admonished the students to stay away from vices such as early sex, drug abuse, peer pressure and alcoholism, saying that could ruin their future.
Lawyer Kwame Owusu Sekyere, another alumni, counselled them to be disciplined and choose their friends carefully.
Mr. Ernest Owusu Ansah, President of the Old students Association, said the school which was established in 1937, as the first secondary school in the Ashanti Region and had produced prominent personalities.
These include Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, Mr Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo, Chairman of the National Media Commission and Madam Mary Cromwell Owusu, the immediate past Headmistress of the school.