From Samuel Mensah Torbizo, Aduman
Mr. Prince Joseph Aguri- Amanfo , the Headmaster of the Aduman Senior High School (SHS)in the Afigya Kwabre District of the Ashanti Region, has praised the government for the massive infrastructural development the school has seen in the past four years.
He recounted that the school was in a situation of a near disrepair when he took over the school as the Headmaster four years ago.
He explained that based on the rapid growing population of the students, management had to take bold decision to improve upon the facilities through intensive lobbying of the government and other development agencies, which had eventually yielded positive results.
Mr. Aguri- Amanfo, who disclosed this at the school’s second speech and prize giving day, mentioned some of the projects executed by the government, a storey girls’ dormitory block which had been completed, a 6-unit emergency classroom block completed, an ongoing 18-unit class
room block and a boys’ dormitory project.
He said, apart from the aforementioned projects directly funded by the central government, the Afigya Kwabre District Assembly had also done the following projects in the school, 3 borehole water system which is in use, extension of the dining hall complex and 12 seater girls’ KVIP toilet.
The Headmaster, equally lauded the Parent Teacher Association(PTA) for being solidly behind the institution in the provision of number of projects, such as a 12 seater boy’s toilet , fencing the school to prevent its land from encroachers and 65 seater Tata bus among others.
The Aduman Secondary School was established in 1965 as a teacher training college, but was converted to a secondary school in 1973 when the secondary education started.
The school had since then produced many responsible personalities who are contributing their quotas in diverse ways towards the development of Ghana.
The theme for the occasion was “Discipline an Essential Tool for Academic Excellence”.
Mr. Aguri –Amanfo said, in the era of sophisticated, complexities and the struggle to acquire excellence in the academic realm, it behooved
all the stakeholders to strive for inculcating behaviours that are cherished by the larger society in the upcoming ones.
The school, he revealed in its quest not to produce youth only with academic excellence, but churn out students who have good morals, the authority of the school does not relent its efforts to instill the standard discipline in the students.
He said, as a result of this the school has in recent years been rubbing shoulders with some renowned SHSs in the Region with the reason that, it has been recording significant performance in the WASSCE scoring 100 per cent increase in its out puts.
The Headmaster said, notwithstanding the magnificent infrastructural development of the school coupled with the academic excellence, there are still some challenges that militate against their drive towards the set goal.
Principal among the problems, he named them as lack of assembly hall, inadequate staff bungalows and the deplorable state of the road from Kodie to the school.
He explained further that the present dining hall is too small to accommodate all the students at a goal any time there is routine activity with its resultant effect on the furniture as they have to be brought out and in to make space for any gathering.
He appealed to the government to consider tarring the road as well as providing the school with a multi-purpose assembly and additional staff quarters as a matter of urgency.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Eric Opoku, in a speech read on his behalf, said the government intends to provide education that would not only equip students with skill and knowledge, but also develop their character which is crucial to the world of outstanding success and excellence.
He said, based on this, the government intensified infrastructural development for the past four years, through the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) and other sources to broaden programmes to train more teachers and other educational workers as a means of creating an enabling environment to enhance holistic education for all.
The Regional Minister, urged parents to partner with school authorities in building discipline and good character in their wards.