Abesim (B/A), Nov. 4, GNA – The Ghana Education Service (GES) Council on Saturday singled out Saint James Seminary and Senior High School (SHS) as the best performing second cycle institution in the country.
It said the high moral, religious and academic excellence chalked by the school remains unprecedented in the country’s educational history.
Speaking at a durbar to climax the 40th anniversary celebration of the School held at Abesim, near Sunyani, Mr Michael Nsowah, the Chairman of the GES Council, commended the management, staff and students of the School for the high academic standards and moral excellence.
The anniversary was held under the theme: “Discipline and Academic Excellence in Senior High Schools – The Role of Religious Bodies in Ghana”.
Mr Nsowah praised the enormous contributions of the Roman Catholic Church towards not only the growth of education, but facilitating accelerated national development, saying the country would forever be grateful to the Church.
He expressed worry about the high level of moral decadence in many of the SHSs and advised the heads of educational institutions to be firm and deal decisively with recalcitrant students.
Mr Nsowah said the nation relied mostly on mission schools to help instill discipline and high level of moral standards into the younger generation and called on them not to disappoint the nation.
He advised the authorities, staff and students of the School not to be “swollen headed” but strive hard to attain higher academic excellence.
The Reverend Father Alex Ansu Ebo, the Rector of the St. James Seminary and SHS, said the School recognised the contributions of all stakeholders towards its growth and development.
Despite the School’s academic progress, the Rector said its administration block was not the best whilst classrooms were inadequate as well.
Rev. Fr. Ebo expressed appreciation to the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of the School for their support to management and expressed the hope that the Association would continue to help find solutions to the teething challenges confronting the institution.
Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyeman-Badu II, the Paramount Chief of Dormaa Traditional Area, who presided, said partisan politics had been the bane of accelerated national development and cautioned the School’s authorities against engaging in active politics.
Nana Adusei Atwenewa Ampem, the Paramount Chief of Tepa Traditional Area, who represented Asantehene Otumfour Osei Tutu II, a member of the School’s PTA, urged the School’s authorities to strive hard to reach a university status.
The Management later presented citations to individuals and organisations that have contributed to the growth and development of the School.