The Accra Academy Senior High School on Saturday held its 91stspeech and prize giving day at the forecourt of the school in Accra.
The event, spearheaded by the 1991 year group, was held on the theme “Enhancing the Future of our Youth through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educational leadership skills”.
Speaking at the event, Senior Presidential Advisor, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, who represented President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, said the government was doing its best to reposition the educational system.
He said it was for that reason Science, Technology, Engineering, And Mathematics (STEM) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) education had been prioritised to serve students well.
“No one can develop Ghana for us except us, and we can lead in this development because we have the capacity, let us change our attitude and move in the right direction,” he advised.
The Headmaster of the school, Mr Emmanuel Ofoe Fiemawhle, commended the entire 1991 year group for its contributions towards the school over the years.
He expressed his profound gratitude to the group for taking up the challenge of sponsoring, supporting and hosting this year’s speech and prize giving day.
”I want to encourage all old students to get on board and do their best in ensuring the eternal success of the school,” he said.
Mr Fiemawhle appealed to key stakeholders and the government to intervene in an 18 unit classroom block in the school to help accommodate all students as a single-track school.
“Due to the increase in students by 12.5 per cent, the school requires a total of 78 classrooms to accommodate the present population as a single-track school,” he appealed.
Among some challenges the school faced, Mr Fiemawhle noted, were the poor drainage systems in the school, inadequate furniture and inadequate staff accommodation.
“We know this would require a collective effort to achieve this, so let’s all do our best and keep exploring new ways of upgrading the state of the school facilities, infrastructure and by extension improving learning outcomes,” he said.
Delivering the keynote address, a General Manager of the Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG), 1991 year group, Edward Nii Amartey Commey, acknowledged the efforts made by the government, retooling and establishing more science resource centres across the country, as part of efforts to position future leaders to take advantage of those enormous opportunities the new technologies offered to everyone.
“I sincerely believe we as citizens also have some roles to play to complement the work of the government in driving this agenda, we the year group will be pleased and proud to see our alma mater produce brilliant science students out of this noble gesture,” Mr Commey said.
BY ANITA ANKRAH