Mfantsipim School, the premiere senior high school in Ghana, has celebrated 140 years of blazing the trail of quality education in the country, with a call on stakeholders to support senior high schools to achieve academic excellence.
Under the theme, “Mfantsipim at 140th milestone-contributing to professionalism and meritocracy for national and global development,” the weeklong celebration was climaxed with a speech and prize giving day in Cape Coast on Saturday.
It brought together eminent old boys, past and present students and staff and other distinguished personalities from across the world.
Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Minister of Education, commended the school for the achievements and contributing to the human resource development of the country.
She also commended the alumni groups for the various projects and called for more of such projects as they complemented efforts of government to enhance education in the country.
In addition, she called for collaboration with stakeholders in education to increase the number of “good schools” in the country by transporting the good qualities to other schools and urged the good schools to preserve their quality regardless of the cost.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang advised students to strive for excellence and take advantage of the opportunities they have at their disposal and create for themselves a better future.
The headmaster, Mr. Manfred Barton Odro, paid tribute to founders of the school and expressed gratitude to Government, the Methodist Church, old boys, and other stakeholders for their continual support.
He appealed to them for the construction of a new assembly hall as the old one was too small for the growing school population and pledged to, with support from stakeholders, ensure the school continues to be at the forefront of quality education in the country.
Mr. Egbert Nii Kpakpo Bruce of the MOBA 86, a pharmacist and health project management specialist, who was the guest speaker, touted the role old boys of “Kwabotwe”, as the school is affectionately called, continued to play in development of the country since its establishment in 1876.
He said it was important that stakeholders in education established Mfantsipim-like senior high schools in the country to reduce the pressure on the school as many Ghanaians wanted their children to have a taste of the school.
He urged Mfantsipim students to strive to be outstanding in all their exploits, make good choices and cause positive change wherever they found themselves by applying appropriately the knowledge they had acquired from the school.
Master Jacob Ewusie Wilson, the head boy, in accordance with the age-old Mfantsipim tradition, delivered a 30-minute grandiloquent speech interspersed with variety of languages including Portuguese, Swahili, French, Latin, without a script, to the admiration of all.
From Jonathan Donkor, Cape Coast