By Etsey Atisu
The Akosombo International School (AIS), Senior High School (SHS), has held its 41st Speech and Prize Giving Day with a passionate call on students to identify opportunities in school to build their futures.
Speaking on the theme, “Sustaining Academic Excellence,” the Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CDH Financial Holdings, Mr. Emmanuel Adu-Sarkodee, advised teachers not to discourage students who are unable to catch up with their colleagues.
Rather, he said, they should be accorded more special attention so that together, they can be tutored to the level of success they expect of them.
He said, Ghana needs the youth of today to find solutions to the corruption and poor management in the public service and build global brands like Google.
He also advised the students to aim to learn the spirit of service while in school, remembering that what they are learning will stay with them for the rest of their lives and for others.
Finally, he urged the students to stick to certain key tenets in life, including organizing and planning their lives, sleep well, pay attention to detail, ask questions, be positive minded, and adhere to strict Godly principles.
On behalf of CDH Financial Holdings Group, Mr. Adu-Sarkodee, pledged GHc25,000 towards the construction of a proposed computer laboratory for the AIS to enhance the proper and effective study of Information Communication Technology (ICT).
Mr. Julius Kog-Der, Headmaster AIS SHS, hinted that plans were underway to make the study of French compulsory for all students, as the country is surrounded by three francophone countries.
He stated that discipline and academic performance, has been the school’s distinguishing factor over the years, making it an enviable competitive force for other model schools.
He disclosed that the school had, since last year, introduced the SAT programme (optional) to two other ones it was already running namely, the WASSCE for all students and an optional Cambridge General Certificate Examination, Ordinary Level, from the University of Cambridge.
He added that to develop a democratic spirit in the students, the school was in its second-year running with the introduction of the electronic voting system for prefectorial positions, screened by the teaching staff.
He stated that earlier this year, a group of students participated in this year’s African Union Day celebration on May 25, organized by Mission Africa Incorporated in collaboration with the Parliament of Ghana and the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.
On challenges it is faced with, Mr. Kog-Der outlined inadequate physical infrastructure to compliment the growing school population and appealed for expansion in dormitories, classrooms and especially its assembly hall and library.
He also congratulated the 1988 members of AISOSA (AIS Old Students Association) for fulfilling part of its promise to provide 600 permanent chairs for its assembly hall with the presentation 300 out of the number.
Mr. Riverson Dunyo, President of AISOSA also indicated plans by the association at approaching the school management to discuss ways of making the study of French a compulsory subject in the school.
He said besides an Ohene Okai Prize for the Best Student in French it had initiated, it hopes to introduce other prizes to honour the sterling sacrifice of deserving teachers of the school.
The occasion earlier saw two other activities – the swearing-in of the new Head Prefect Nana Asante Ayim Appiah, and, new Officers of the School’s Airforce Cadet Corps, one of two cadet corps present at the school.
Awards were presented to deserving students who had excelled in all subjects of the First and Second years with special awards going to some students as well as individuals who had contributed their quota to the development of the school.