Priscilla N. Nyamekye, GNA
Accra, June. 23, GNA
– Ebenezer Senior High School, has celebrated its 78th anniversary with a clarion
call to stakeholders to come on board to help the school soar to higher
At the school’s
speech and prize-giving day on theme; “Challenges of Day Senior High School:
The Role of Stakeholders”, Headmaster for the school, Mr Richard Kofi Mensah,
expressed great satisfaction at how far the school has developed with the help
of the Board, PTA, past and present students, the heads, teachers and
The school, which
was founded by the late Robert Teiko Aryee in January, 1941, with only 6
students currently, has a student population of 1,654.
Mr Mensah in an
interview with GNA, said some students in the school are very proficient in
sports, and therefore called on stakeholders, old students, Government and the
PTA to assist the school to construct a mini sports complex to serve both
students and the community.
“We have the land
and the field, we’re only left with financial support so please come to our
aid” he added.
He said it was the expectation of the school
to have a good laboratory for science and Information and Communications
Technology (ICT) which would serve as a resource Centre for the school.
“It is my
expectation that by the 80th anniversary Ebenezer SHS will be a model school to
serve the community and its environs”.
A former student of
the school, Bishop Tackie Yarboi, the General Overseer of Victory Bible Church
International who was the guest of honour, said the school has made tremendous
strides from its humble beginnings till date.
He congratulated the
dedicated teachers who work wholeheartedly to ensure the students become great
in their chosen careers and callings.
commended the Government for making it possible for both the rich and poor to
have access to senior high education.
“This policy is an
answer to the prayers of the poor in our society whose children would have been
denied education beyond junior high school”.
He called on
stakeholders to take part in ensuring that the numerous challenges facing Day
Senior High Schools are tackled from the roots.
He said some of the
challenges Day Students face were gambling and betting, lateness, peer
“Day students in SHS
are more exposed to the numerous acts of distraction from academic work than their counterparts
in boarding schools.
He said gambling and
betting was spreading rapidly in part of the country and those who patronize
them a lot were the youth which includes day students”.
He said some of these students are gradually
been exposed to all kinds of bad habits such as drugs abuse, internet fraud
houses are indirectly telling our children that you will start to make quick
money from gambling than going to school and earning a descent living through
He said parents must
encourage and support their wards and let them know that taking parts in such
acts would destroy them.
”I appealed strongly
on authorities to put in place stringent measures and regulations and make it
illegal for operators to open their doors for students or anyone under 18
years, in fact such betting houses must be closed down immediately” he said.
Bishop Tackie also
advised students to join scripture union in schools adding that such gathering
protect and prevent students from going wayward.
He urged the students
to be of good behaviour and make use the social media wisely to acquire more
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