The 50th anniversary celebration of the Asuom Senior High School in the Eastern Region was launched on Friday, at the school with a colourful ceremony, attended by board of governors, staff, past students, chiefs and people of Asuom.
Some of the activities lined-up for the celebration include clean up exercise, special football matches, Inter-houses debate and other interesting programmes.
Asuom Senior High School was established as a community secondary school, owned and managed by Presbyterian Church and Asuom community in 1968, until 1970 when it was absorbed as a public secondary school by the Busia Administration.
The celebration starts from May through to December, to be climaxed with Speech and Prize Giving Day on Saturday November, 30 2019 at Asuom. It would be followed by an inter-denominational church service on Sunday December 1, 2019.
The Chairman of the Board of Governors, Prof. Kofi Darkwa, in a goodwill message read on his behalf, commended the efforts of the old students and the school administration for putting the programme together and wished them a successful golden jubilee launch.
In his welcome address, the headmaster of the school, Mr Francis Koomson-Barnes said the school had numerous challenges and called on old students, far and near to give the school their maximum support as they enjoyed some years back.
The Municipal Chief Executive of Kade, Seth Antwi Boasiako in a message read on his behalf, said, “One major issue I would like to raise is the non-availability of internet service at Asuom SHS. I know it may sound flippant to many, but we should however remind ourselves that today’s world is driven by information and communication technology and our children should not be seen to be lagging behind if they are able to compete with the rest of the world.”
The chairperson of the function, Gifty Klenam, former Member of Parliament for Asamankese and an old student, challenged the agric students to come out with agricultural products that would be marketable internationally to earn hard currency for Ghanaian farmers and the nation as a whole.
She called on the chiefs and elders of Asuom to engage the Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, who is the Nkosuohemaa of Asuom, to assist in providing internet facility for the school.
The Eastern Regional Director of Education, Monica Twumasi-Ankrah, also an old student, called on old students to give back to their schools, to support the efforts of the government in providing free secondary education in the country.
The Vice President of ASECOSA (the old students’ association), Mr Mark Brako Appiah, urged students to lead a disciplined and studious lifestyle.
A fundraising at the launch yielded about GH₵20,000 to support the smooth organisation of the golden jubilee.
From (left-right): Monica Twumasi Ankrah (Eastern Regional Director of Education), Ms Gifty Klenam (former MP for Asamankese), Mr Francis Koomson-Barnes (Headmaster of ASEC), Mark Brako Appiah (Vice-President of Asecosa) and Mrs Helena Adu Gyamfi displaying the anniversary banner at the launch