Aburi Girls SHS denies forcing students to pay GH¢20

… To purchase car for Headmistress

From Isaac Akwetey-Okunor, Aburi

The Aburi Girls Senior High School

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of the Aburi Girls Senior High School has denied a media report that the school had levied each student GH¢20 to purchase a saloon car for the outgoing Headmistress, Sylvia Asempah.

The Chairman of the PTA, B.J. Acheampong, told The Chronicle in an interview that it had always been a practice to honour hard working staff going on retirement.

According to him, in 2008, the PTA, in conjunction with old students and management of the school, presented a new Toyota Corolla saloon car to Miss Wendy Adu, the then Senior Housemistress who was going on retirement.

He revealed that the money for the purchase of the car was taken from the PTA Endowment Fund and the contributions from the Old Girls Associations, Presbyterian Church, and other stakeholders of the school.

Acheampong told The Chronicle that it was the same procedure they have adopted this year to honour Mrs. Sylvia Asempah, by agreeing to purchase a car for her for the dedicated service she had rendered to the school.

He contended that no student had been levied GH¢20 towards the purchase of the car, as was reported by the media.

To him, it was mischievous for anyone to have even suggested that the Headmistress was forcing students to pay the aforementioned amount.

Among the achievements of the outgoing Headmistress are the construction of a 14-bed clinic, which is being manned by qualified nurses and visiting doctors from the Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital, a sachet water plant, a 160 KVA plant, acquired through the PTA to ensure uninterrupted power supply when the national grid goes off.

Others are the construction of two biogas toilets to augment the existing ones, broad-paved walk ways which have replaced footpaths, and the construction of an incinerator to ensure the proper disposal of garbage among others.

This, among other things, is what has motivated the PTA to honour her, but Mr. Acheampong insists no student would be levied towards the recognition of the Headmistress’ hard work.

The Chronicle has meanwhile learnt that individuals and companies such as Osiadan Limited, Tobinco Pharmaceuticals, and Antartic Limited, among others, are going to organise a party for the outgoing Headmistress.

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