Be critical, reflective thinkers – Headmistress tells students

The Achimota School has held its 92nd Speech and Prize-giving Day in Accra on Saturday, with a call on students to be critical and reflective thinkers.

The event which was sponsored by the 1994 year group of the school was held under the theme “Re-enforcing critical thinking skills in Pre-tertiary institutions: The role of the stakeholder.”

About 100 students and 10 teachers were awarded for their academic performance and excellent teaching.

They were presented with citation, trophy, exercise and textbooks, a grant of GH₵500 and fridge among others.

The headmistress of the school, Ms Marjorie Affenyi, explained that before a child could be creative and a reflective thinker, teachers and parents have a collective role to play.

She indicated that development of the nation hinged on critical thinkers and promised management’s commitment to raise excellent future leaders who possess creative thinking ability.

Ms Affenyi stated that the school had put in major interventions to improve teaching and learning for students to excel in their exams.

“Management invited chief examiners for core mathematics and integrated science to take teachers and students through the technicalities of the related subjects, they also organised special mathematics and integrated science classes for week students,” she said.

Outlining some of the challenges of the school, Ms Affenyi bemoaned that the increase of science students has raised the need for the school to get adequate science laboratories.

Ms Affenyi also underscored the need for government to fix the cables and street lights of the area to rid squatters and robbers from stealing from the teachers and the students, adding that “inadequate security personnel have also threatened our way of life.”

She announced that 90.72 per cent students qualified for admission in tertiary institutions and lauded management and Ghana Education Service for their effort in marking such success.

Mr Bernard Joe Appeah, Chief Executive Officer of Pentax Management Consultant, a guest speaker of the event observed that the school did not only raise excellent academic students but students who were disciplined.

He said discipline was key to success and urged the students to continue to be law abiding, stressing that students should be self-critic, active listener, focused and engage in assertive communication.

Critical thinking, Mr Appeah noted had its root from philosophy and psychology and charged students to be inquisitive, holistic and creative to unearth their full potentials.

The Relationship Manager of Ecobank Ghana Limited, Mrs Olive Antwi Dadzie called on the school management to deepen critical thinking by making lesson very practical for students to apply it after school.

She urged students to research, explore the environment and share creative ideas to continue to set the standard of the school high.

BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE

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