The former Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University for Development Studies, Professor David Millar, has urged the authorities of the Navrongo Senior High School (Navasco) to rekindle the spirit of self-help among the students.
He noted that the self-help spirit that had been inculcated in the students when the school was established in 1960, made them resilient and successful in life.
Prof. Millar, who is a member of the National Development Planning Commission, said the involvement of students in construction and agricultural production had made the school self-sufficient in the past.
Addressing a gathering of past and current students and the teaching staff at a reunion held here on Saturday, Prof. Millar, the Board Chair of the School, said strategies had been initiated to enhance academic performance, and improve infrastructure, to enable the school to recapture it’s past glory.
The Head mistress, Francisca Yizura, in a speech read on her behalf, by the Assistant Headmaster, Robert Kampusi, said the motivational speeches by past students during the school’s homecoming in January, had impacted positively on the academic performance of the students.
She said the school performance at West African Senior High Certificate Examination rose from 75.5 per cent in 2015 to 87 per cent in 2016, with 327 out of the 678 students, who sat for this year’s examination, qualifying for admission into tertiary schools.
Madam Yizura said the school was adjudged first in the science and technology innovations competition, while a student Elizabeth Azure, emerged first in the female category of this year’s Milo Marathon Championship.
She said the ban on employment was affecting the replacement of retiring teaching staff of the school.
A retired diplomat and Chief of Sagnarigu Traditional Area of Dagbon, Naa Yakubu Abdullai, who chaired the function, said his success story started in Navasco, and urged the students to “be disciplined, work hard, respect authority, in order to realise their dreams of being successful and useful to society.”
Earlier, the president of the Old Navascan Union, Mohammed Cambodia Haroon, said the reunion was to enable the old students to assess the implementation of projects sponsored by the past students, preparation towards the 60th anniversary in 2020 and to create a platform for the past students to inspire the current students.
The Chief Executive Officer of GRIDCO, William Amuna, Chief Executive Officer of Benci Group of Companies, Benjamin Anyanah, Colonel John Kuseh of the Ghana Armed Forces, J. B. Atogiba, Chief Director of the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council, among other past students, took turns to share their perspectives and inspire the students to stride for success.
From Salifu Abdul-Rahaman, Navrongo