Ambassador Kwabena Baah-Doudo, from the Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, (UNCTAD) has challenged students to lay a good foundation for their future while in school.
“What you will be in future depends on how disciplined and hard-working you are while in school,” he stated.
Ambassador Baah-Doudo was speaking at the 68th Anniversary Speech and Prize-Giving Day of the Ghana Senior High School, (SHS) Koforidua at the weekend.
It was on the Theme, “Discipline: An effective Tool to Achieve Excellence”.
He reminded the students that much hope and great expectations had been invested in them, adding that, they had been blessed and were among the privileged of their generation.
Therefore, he cautioned them that , “Heavy responsibilities will rest on your shoulders as you walk through the pathways of life.”
Ambassador Baah-Doudo told the students that they had been well armed for the journey through the education they were receiving in the school and they should discharge their responsibilities well and with discipline.
He urged them to always remember the love, hope and faith placed in them by their parents and teachers , explaining, “To the world you may be just one person, but to your parents, teachers and the nation, you are the world.”
The Very Reverend Abraham Osei Donkor, headmaster of the school, in a report, said the school, which started with 16 students now had a student population of 2,245 with staff strength of 187.
He indicated that the level of students’ discipline is astounding, saying, for the past six or more years, no student in the school had been punished on drug (alcohol or smoke) related offences.
On academic performance, Rev. Donkor said the school presented 499 candidates for the West African School Certificate Examination with 491 passing in all eight subjects.
He said the performance of the school in sporting activities is remarkable, adding that, in the just ended ball games held in the Koforidua Zone, the school was first in both the male and female Hockey contests.
“The school also came first in Girls’ Handball, first in Girls’ Basket Ball, Second in Girls’ Volley Ball and third in Boys’ Soccer.”
Rev. Donkor expressed gratitude to the Government for the rehabilitation of the two-storey six-unit flat and boys’ quarters for teachers, funded by the GETfund.
He mentioned some challenges facing the school as inadequate classrooms and staff accommodation, as well as small assembly hall and dining hall.
Prizes were distributed to students who excelled academically. GNA