By Gifty Arthur
Pupils of Dar-es-Salaam Primary ‘A’ School at Teshie, in the Greater Accra Region, have marked their maiden Speech and Prize Giving Day, at the school’s premises at Teshie.
The school, located at Adjorman, near Teshie Greda Estate, is the only public school founded in September 2003 to provide affordable, but quality teaching and learning for children of disadvantaged parents.
The decision to establish the school, was spearheaded by an educationist, Tachie Young, to educate children of poor parents who at the time, had to enroll their children in far away schools such as Krobo Primary, Northern and Southern Clusters of Schools, Krowor North Schools.
Since its inception some 13 years ago, Dar-es-Salaam Schools with Junior High School (JHS) at Teshie Old Estate, has served adjoining communities such as Old Estate, Agbleza, Terbebeano, and many other areas.
With a population of 448 pupils, the school headed by Comfort Ala-Adjetey, due to its lack of infrastructure, still practices the abolished shift system to cater for the increasing enrollment at the basic level.
Speaking at the programme, the out-going headmistress, Mrs. Ala-Adjetey, who took office some four years ago, thanked the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), the teaching and non-teaching staff, well wishers, and the pupils, for their immense contribution towards the maintenance of the school.
She said, Dar-es- Salaam Primary School, though government owed, has been able to stand the test of time, because of the commitment of the aforementioned group of people and many others, including individuals, organizations, opinion leaders etc.
Mrs. Ala Adjetey, praised by many because of her commitment to the school, since becoming the headmistress, faced many challenges associated with state-owned schools popularly known as ‘Syto’ but according to her, that did not stop her and the school, from getting what it deserves.
According to her, in 2010, when she took office, the desire to make sure the school and pupils succeed, grew even stronger.
“When I took office in this school 2010, the perception I had, that with effort and the necessary assistance, almost every school child is capable of succeeding academically, became stronger within me. I therefore set myself some tasks to make that a reality in this school”, she said.
Her immediate task was to get the school a computer lab and through the support of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ledzokuku, Benita Sena Okity Duah, and the PTA, the school now can boast of a lab for the studying of Information Communication and Technology (ICT).
“The school had just a key board which the teacher in-charge had brought to the school as her only teaching and Learning Material (TLM) for the subject. I am glad to say that this task was accomplished by 2013. The school can now boast of an ICT centre with fourteen (14) computers. For this
I commend the parents of this school and the Hon. Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku”, she said.
She believed with equal support by parents of these pupils like their counterparts in the private schools, pupils in government schools, could perform and rise on the academic calendar to contribute their quota to the development of the country. Through the capital grant by government , teachers are motivated.
Though Dar-es-Salaam is rubbing shoulders with equally good schools in the municipality, Mrs. Ala-Adjetey, pleaded that it was supported with additional school blocks to scrap the shift system, chairs for the ICT centre, UPS and internet facility to enhance teaching and learning.
There were cultural display, drama, poetry recitals, while deserving pupils and teachers were awarded.