The 62nd Speech and Prize Giving of Bishop of Bishop Herman College at Kpando in the Ho Diocesewas recently held under the theme: Science-Mathematics-Technology Education: The Bedrock of Ghana’s Development
The day was sponsored by the 1987/89 Year Group of Bishop Herman College old Boys Union (BHOBU 87/89).
Present at the celebration were Mr. FiifiKwetey, Minister in charge of Finance at the Presidency, an old student; Mr. E.K. Ketteku, Volta Regional Director of Education; Prof. Jerry Kuma, Vice Chancellorof University of Mines and Technology at Tarkwa, who was the Guest Speak and Prof. Ernest Dumor, who chaired;staff and parents.
Most Rev.Francis A.K Lodonu, Bishop Ho, and Proprietor of the College, called on the students to live up to the expectation of the school’s motto Sicut Miles Christi (As Soldier of Christ),which he said, gives dignity to the College.
He also urged them to live by the holistic training they were given by the College, and endeavour to give back what they have received.
Bishop Lodonu encouraged the students to learn hard and emulate the individual efforts of old students, and also endeavour not to forget the
religious formation they have received from the College.
He urged the students to be disciplined, respectful and be humble in all their endeavours and avoid attitudes that could make them suffer in future, commending the teaching staff for their efforts in nurturing the students to maintain the College’s academic laurels.
He appealed to Government not to abandon Mission Schools but continue to support their needs since there elements of discipline in Mission Schools.
He said corruption in the country could be eradicated if good moral education is given to the current generation of students who are being groomed academically now to take over the mantle of leadership in the near future.
Rev. Fr. Paul Agbodza, Chairman of the Board of Governors of BIHECO said the interest the College had been to showcase the Science character as well as its relevance to solving Ghana’s problems.
He said in February this year, the Ministry of Education inaugurated a Committee to find out ways to reform Mathematics and Science Education in the country, stating that a result of this exercise was to rehabilitate Science Resource Centres and also upgrade Science Resource Centres in other schools.
It is our hope that Bishop Herman College would become one of such Schools, he added.
He said the theme was more than relevant especially at the time when Ghana was facing many developmental challenges including the conclusions of quantum physics used to model the volatility of the Ghana Cedi against US-Dollar rates to understand the dynamics of the free-fall of the cedi.
Fr. Agbodza, who is an expert in Science and Mathematics, said “Resorting to solar technology can help Ghana overcome the proverbial dumso-challenge of today. The intervention of Aeronautics can help Ghana develop a cheaper and more dependable telephone system and internet connectivity that is fast and dependable and costs less.”
Application of computer technology and programming can help make life much easier, from the distribution chain of electricity, understanding the weather and offering better prediction to making the Bible accessible to a wider audience electronically, he noted.
“Our nation must move away from an educational system based on static syllabi that are as old as Adam, it must move away from an educational system described as “exam factories” and allow more innovation and technology to drive models.”
If the boom in Science-Mathematics-Technology Education of the West is not embraced now, he said Ghana would continue to be overtaken by the effects of international financial crises, export raw materials, opening shopping malls and selling foreign products only, pay more for telephony services and continue to experience erratic power outages.
Rev. Fr. Walter Agbetoh, Headmaster of the College, pointed out that the College provided holistic education to its students, and ensured that all talents and potentials were properly harnessed and nurtured.
He urged parents to support the college administration to instill discipline in the students so that the holistic education provided in the college would be manifested in them.
He said though it had received numerous supports in the form of infrastructure and logistics from the government, the Parent-Teacher Association, and past students, it was still saddled with a lot of problems, including transport.
The Headmaster listed the absence of efficient Science Laboratory as well as lack of computers for effective teaching and learning as some of the challenges facing the School.
Fr. Agbetor said there was the urgent need for additional bungalows for Teachers in order to reduce pressure on the existing facilities.
He also expressed worry about the state of the science laboratory which he noted needed modern equipment that will improve on the teaching and learning of science in the School.
He appealed to the Old Boys to supply of computers to equip students with the teaching and learning of ICT.
The Headmaster commended the 87/89 year group for hosting this year’s speech day, saying that it was imperative for the various alumni to substantially give back to their alma mater, by either providing the needed infrastructure, or bringing to bear their talents and expertise to enhance the growth and development of the College.
The 1987/89 year group donated sets of football jerseys, footballs and Volley to the School.
The next Speech and Prize Giving day will be held on June 13, 2015 while on February 27, 2015, the Founder’s Day will be held.