The 60th anniversary celebration of the Navrongo Senior High School (NAVASCO) in the Kassena-Nankana municipality of the Upper East Region has been launched with an appeal to government to expand the school’s infrastructure to enhance academic performance.
The headmistress of NAVASCO, Madam Mercy Babachuweh, speaking at the 2019 speech and prize-giving day and anniversary launch said the school was faced with a myriad of challenges mainly, inadequate accommodation, classrooms, furniture and means of transport.
NAVASCO, she said was in dire need of a more accommodation for teachers, dinning and library that needed massive renovation and expansion.
She lamented that with a student population of nearly 2000, the school could only boost of 35 computers with no internet access.
“We do not a have a roadworthy vehicle to the extent that we have to rely on sister school buses to undertake educational tours or resort to public transport,”Madam Babachuweh said.
Notwithstanding the challenges, the headmistress indicated that the school had performed creditably well at the West African Senior School Certification Examination (WASSCE) with 61 per cent, 61 per cent and 68 per cent of the candidates in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively recording A1 to C6 and qualified for admission into tertiary institutions, “What is also striking this 2019, is the 101 students who recorded A1 in Mathematics”.
The Northern Regional Minister, Mr Salifu Saeed who is also acting as the Upper East Regional Minister, applauded the management and staff as well as old students of the school for contributing to the growth of the school and pledged to forward their concerns to President Akufo-Addo for concentration.
The regional minister stated that education was key to development and therefore called on all stakeholders to complement government’s efforts at addressing the challenges facing the education sector particularly the Free Senior High School policy.
He also advised the students to be disciplined and study hard in order to pass their examinations.
Some teachers and students were awarded for their outstanding performances in their duties and academics.
The annual event which was co-sponsored by management of the school and the old students association of the school (NABIA), 1979 year group was under theme, “Promoting quality gender-parity education in Navrongo Senior High School: opportunities, challenges and the way forward.”
FROM SAMUEL AKAPULE, NAVRONGO