Headmaster calls for more practical work in second cycle institutions

Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, Director-General, GES

Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, Director-General, GES

Mr Afelbig Apabu, the Headmaster of the Bolgatanga Senior High School (BIGBOSS) in the Upper East Region, has suggested to the Ghana Education Service (GES) to introduce more practical work in the curriculum of second cycle institutions to complement the academic work.


He said the present secondary education was more focused on examinations and certificates, but practical work would provide the students the opportunity to enhance their skills in the practical aspect of life that could help them engage themselves in productive ventures after school, instead of waiting for white collar jobs.
Mr Apabu was speaking with the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga on the honours granted the school as the Best Fish Farmer in the Talensi District, during the Farmers’ Day celebration.
For its prize, the school received a 24 inch flat screen television, two pairs of Wellington boots, four cutlasses, two knapsack sprayers, and a certificate.
“The school has four fish ponds, three of which are tilapia ponds and one for cat fish, which together raised over 4,000 matured fishes that are ready for harvest.
“We also have banana, plantain and palm nuts plantations, and have piloted three acres of cowpea,” he added.
Mr Apabu said the school also had a 1000 mango orchard and was also engaged in vegetable production.
He said they had started a four year mushroom production project and had plans to go into rabbit and poultry farming.
The headmaster said the agriculture students were very much interested in the practical aspect and indicated that some past students of the school were farming mushrooms in the region as a business.
He mentioned lack of water as the main challenge hindering the agriculture sector of the school.
Mr Abugre Haruna, a teacher at the Agriculture Department, said over 250 students of agricultural science had taken keen interest in the practical work of the subject.
He commended the Headmaster for single handedly supporting the projects being undertaken and noted that the school usually bought vegetables from its gardens and ploughed the funds back into the projects.

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