Accra Girls Senior High School held its 29th Speech and Prize-giving Day, at the school’s premises in Accra on the theme: “Promoting High Academic Standards and Entrepreneurship Among the Youth.”
The Headmistress of the School, Mrs Joyce Acolatse said, a critical analysis of the WASSCE results revealed an excellent improvement in the performance of the students.
She added that, the School was voted as the overall best Senior High School in the Greater-Accra Region for 2015 by the Ghana Education Service ranking Awards Scheme and the achievement was based on hardworking and discipline of students, staff and management.
“Accra Girls Senior High School made it to the semi-finals of the 2016 Capital Market Week Competition for the Senior High Schools in the Region in October 2016. The National Investment Quiz organised by the Securities and Exchange Commission awarded certificates to our two contestants,” she said.
She noted that students show much interest in sports like handball, volleyball and basketball but there were no pitches to train on. “This year, 500 students have been posted to the school and we are appealing to the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to come to our aid in providing boarding accommodation, expand the Assembly Hall, the Dining Hall and provide furniture to create a conducive teaching environment for the newly S.H.S 1 students”, she appealed.
Mrs Acolatse urged the old students of Accra Girls (AGOSA) to support the School in diverse ways to improve on the standards of the school and also appealed to the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive and the Ghana Education Trust Fund to sponsor the dormitory block, which started in 2008.
The overall best students in various categories including overall best student in Geography, Business, Science, Mathematics and the overall best student in this year’s WASSCE were all awarded. Other departments in the School like the Mathematics, Science and English Departments were also awarded for their tremendous work.
Ms Lankai Quarcoopome, an alumnus of the school (AGOSA ’76) and also the Guest Speaker, said, she strongly believed that each and every child has the right to basic and secondary education.
“We do believe that through quality education, we could make our lives better and also transform our nation and for this reason, we must insist on achieving very high academic and performance standards at all levels in the country.
“Each value will bring out the best in us allowing every student, teacher, and parent to share similar expectations of what students should know and be able to accomplish,” she noted. Ms Quarcoopome added that students would learn more when more was expected of them, at home and in school.
She said Ghanaians must try to reach the target of reducing early school dropouts because education was paramount in shaping young people’s attitude and behavior in society.
According to Ms Quarcoopome, through education and training, young people would be better equipped to compete for jobs, become self-employed and contribute to the innovative and competitive world of the 21st century and to that effect, the development of skills requires new creative ways of teaching, learning and inclusion of real life experiences of learning that includes practical and not theoretical.
She urged the students to participate in other school activities such as sports aside academic work, which could teach them to be good team players and very disciplined as she did when she was in school. The Chair person for the occasion, Dr Doris Yaa Dartey, also an old student, urged the students to aim higher.
“As graduating students, I tell you that in some years to come, you will be standing where I am standing today and it takes good teachers to achieve that. Find a focus for your life and stay on it and you can shoot for the stars,” she said.