The 50th anniversary celebration of the Wa Senior High School (WASEC) in the Upper West Region was yesterday launched with a call on stakeholders to take active participation in planned activities aimed at developing the school.
The celebration was done with the unveiling of the school’s anniversary souvenirs, logo and programme line-up for the event which was on the theme, “providing quality secondary education for national development”.
Speaking at the event, the Headmaster of the school, Mr Adams Iddrisu, said the school had come far in both academic and infrastructure over the 50 years but their arms were also opened for any support to improve the lives of the students and academic work.
He said despite the numerous challenges confronting the school, academic performance of student had been very encouraging over the years.
“Fifty years is a major milestone for an institution and with ceremonies of this nature it is important to join hands and pay homage to the founding fathers and to my illustrious predecessors, teachers, past and present students for their hard work in bringing the school this far”, he said
He mentioned that, the school had seven dormitories for boys and two for girls but lamented that the structures were all in a deplorable state and were not also spacious enough to accommodate the increasing number of students.
He said in spite of support from the government, non- governmental organisations, past students and other individuals, the school was still bedeviled with a number of challenges that hindered smooth academic work.
He mentioned some of the challenges such as inadequate space in the dining hall, dilapidated and small size assembly hall, dilapidated dormitories, intermittent water shortages and lack of toilet facilities for the students.
The headmaster said the school had a total enrollment of 1, 961 students comprising 979 boys and 982 girls and called for more support from old students, philanthropists and corporate organisations in the country.
Launching the anniversary celebration, the Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin Sallih, congratulated the school and acknowledged efforts of past and present staff and administration of the school for the feat.
He charged the school management to constantly focus on innovations that would enable them to offer quality education to improve the standard of the school.
Dr Salih said the government was committed to ensuring that educational institutions, including the Wa SHS had their fair share of development to enable them to meet their obligations effectively.
FROM RAFIA ABDUL RAZAK WA