Accra Academy holds 87th speech and prize giving day; calls for gov’t support
The headmaster of Accra Academy Senior High School, Rev.William Garr has called on government to urgently step in to aid the school address its numerous challenges it is confronted with recently.
Rev. Garr made the appeal whiles delivering a speech at the school’s 87th speech and prize giving day ceremony on the theme: “The Necessity Of Quality Education in the 21st Century Addressing the challenges”.
The event was held at the school Premises on Saturday March 10, 2018.
Rev. Garr expressed concern about the fact that several students have to feed outside the school dining hall during lunch time due to the small space available to accommodate the day students.
He added: “staff accommodation has remained the same since the first set of fifteen bungalows were constructed in the school during the early sixties. As a result, the school painfully, keeps losing hard working teachers nearly each term”.
The school currently have student pollution of 2058 out of which 1120 are student boarders and 900 day students.
Rev. Garr was however elated that despite the challenges the school is battling with, it has managed to admit 687 first year students since the introduction of the government’s flagship free SHS policy in September 2017.
He therefore commended government for the initiative.
The Accra Academy school is currently grappling with numerous challenges since its inception.
One of such problems highlighted by Rev. Garr revolves around the school’s Science Resource Centre which served a number of satellite schools in the past.
He maintained due to the enormous pressures it has been subjected has caused it to deteriorate at a rather fast rate, adding “since then, it has been left to its fate and no help has been received from any quarters to put it back in shape”.
He further noted some lessons in elective subject area are held outside the classrooms, including some under tress.
He therefore appealed to government to come to schools aid with urgency, adding ” the school will need a new 18 unit classrooms block before the next batch of first year students arrive in September, this year”.
The school speech and prize giving day saw some students honoured for distinguishing themselves in various categories of discipline.
They include Somed Yussif (Sports Prefect), Arhinful David, Agyepong Derrick Boadi (Protocol perfect) Yen Kofi Isaac (Cadet Commander)
Other students who received special awards includes Binka Andy Chris Mawutor, Akpakli Foster, Anane Opamago Nana and Dadzie.
One of the students, Emmanuel Annan won WASSCE 8 A1″s performance awards of the school.
The event was grace by, Hon. Kwesi Yankah, Minister of State in charge of higher education, Wilson Quartey Tei, board chairman, Charles Ayesu Darku, chairman of the ceremony, Prof. Peter Quartey keynote speaker, Mr. Faisal Disu commencement speaker and Mr. Bernard A. Gyebi, president, 1987 year group.
Accra Academy is the first private academy in the Gold coast, and is currently one of the foremost Secondary Educational Institutions in the country.
It was founded by Dr. Kofi George Konuah, Samuel Neils Awuletey, Gottfried Narku Alema and James Akwei Halm Addo on July 20,1931 at mantse Agbonaa, a suburb of James Town in Accra.