Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School, Legon, last Saturday hijacked President Akufo-Addo from his alma mater; Kinbu Secondary Technical School, one of the oldest second cycle schools in Ghana.
President Akufo-Addo’s connection to Kinbu Secondary Technical School located at Tudu now a commercial enclave of the city of Accra, is hardly mentioned and celebrated unlike his University of Ghana days, and so at PRESEC’s 80th anniversary celebratory durbar, the President was inducted into the 1962 year group as alumnae.
Present at the ceremony, was the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, who is also the Chairman of the Odade3 1962 year group.
PRESEC, was founded in 1938, under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church of the Gold Coast, whiles
Kinbu Secondary Technical School formerly Rowe Road School has a history which dates back to 1874 in the era of Governor Rowe.
The popular Rowe Road School was part of what used to be Government Boys School located at Adabraka-Sadisco in Accra. It was set up to make provision for the mulattoes who found it difficult to mix with the whites at that time. Rowe Road School was the middle school to Government Boys School which was a primary school.
The President, who was the guest of honour at the event themed “Powerful Past, Prosperous Present and Prominent Future”, to disclose that the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) has secured a 500 Million dollar funding facility for the construction of new schools and for the renovation and expansion of the facilities in the existing schools.
“Through the innovative double track system, government has found a way to absorb the increased intake using the existing infrastructure. Furthermore, the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) has secured a 500 million dollar facility for the construction of new schools and the expansion of infrastructure in existing ones to help cope with the rising numbers,” he noted.
Other dignitaries present at the anniversary included; Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, former Deputy Education Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Ghana’s Ambassador to India, Mike Oquaye Junior among others.
President Akufo-Addo, called skeptics of the double-track Senior High School system, “professional Jeremiahs”.
In the Jewish and Christian religions, Jeremiah was a Hebrew prophet who said that Jerusalem would be defeated and that God would become angry with the Jews and punish them. His name has become synonymous to doomsayers. The Longman Dictionary, for instance defines a Jeremiah as a pessimistic person, who always says that bad things are going to happen.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETfund) has secured a $500 million facility for the construction of new schools, and the expansion of infrastructure in existing ones, to help cope with the rising numbers” of students in SHSs due to the free secondary education policy which saw 90,000 more students enrolled last year and 180,000 this year.
The double-track system, according to the president, who is on a four-day visit to the Central Region, “will not destroy our education system as the professional Jeremiahs would want you to believe”.
On the contrary, the president said, “This system will reduce class sizes, it will increase contact hours between teachers and students as well as increase the number of holidays”.
Nana Akufo-Addo admitted that: “Every new initiative that is rolled out will experience hitches and challenges, however, I’m inspired by the famous Chinese adage which says: ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step’.
“We have taken that first step in Ghana and we shall deal with the challenges.
“Today, any young boy from any part of the country who applies himself diligently in spite of his circumstances can dream of also becoming an Odadee,” he said.