Be Grateful to Akufo-Addo –Prof Sarfo to free SHS students
Prof Frederick K. Sarfo, the Principal of College of Technology Education, Kumasi (COLTEK), an offshoot of University of Education, Winneba, which would soon metamorphose into Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAM-USTED), has urged Senior High School students benefiting from the Free Senior High School education to be grateful to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for making education accessible to all and sundry in Ghana.
He said: “In the history of Secondary Education in Ghana, in my opinion and I hope some of you would agree with me that, you are the luckiest students. Why? During our time, a good number of our brilliant friends, who managed to pass the Common Entrance Examination could not go to the secondary school because their parents were poor people who could not afford the school fees.
“Some of us could not go to the boarding house because our parents were poor. You are lucky to have a president who is a change leader, a president who has compassion for the poor and a president who has deep interest in elevating poor people and, therefore, introduced Free Senior High School (FSHS). Make the best use of the facility and study to achieve your dream.”
Prof Frederick K. Sarfo by inference, admonished the SHS students to go to the polling centre on 7th of December and peacefully vote for the presidential and parliamentary candidates who are change-oriented leaders and have the interest in their future development.
Prof Sarfo said: “Let’s thank His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Honourable Minister of Education and all those who were and are instrumental in the successful implementation of the FSHS”.
He also advised students to be wary of electoral violence in this year’s elections and told the SHS students not to allow anybody to deceive them or to do anything that is indecorous and unacceptable.
Prof Sarfo was addressing the grand finale of the ultimate FM’s Senior High school quiz competition, which was held at the Great Hall of COLTEK.
The principal of COLTEK asked SHS students to abide by the laws and regulations governing the conduct of elections in Ghana.
Ultimate SHS Quiz -Opoku Ware suffers another upset as St Mary’s lifts trophy
St Mary’s Girls Senior High School pulled a surprise at the Ultimate High School quiz when the school came from behind to emerge winners by the end of the fifth round.
In an all Catholic affair, St Mary’s Girls squared off with Opoku Ware School,as the former pummeled Opoku Ware who came second in the competition with 59.5 points.
Abrepo-based Kumasi Girls Senior High School, which was in the lead sunk to third position with 59 points, closely behind Opoku Ware with just a 0.5-point difference, with St Hubert Seminary Senior High school taking the fourth position with 53.5 points.
The girls from St Mary’s Senior High School were elated for winning the competition. Though they were deemed the underdogs from a lesser known school in Konongo, they were able to pull through, damning the odds.
The Principal of COLTEK mentioned that University of Education, Winneba (UEW) is the main institution in Ghana that is tasked with the responsibility to produce professional educators to spearhead a new national vision of education that is aimed at redirecting Ghana’s efforts along the path of rapid economic and social development.
He added that the College of Technology Education, Kumasi (COLTEK) and of course UEW, are very proud to be associated with the Ultimate High School Quiz Competition, mainly because it aligns with such a mandate.
The University, according to Prof Sarfo, operates from four campuses -Winneba, which is their headquarters; Kumasi, where COLTEK is situated; Asante Mampong and Ajumako, and then about 40 Distance Learning Centers dotted all over the country.
UEW has a student-population that runs in excess of 70,000 and that represents the biggest student numbers that any university currently has in this country.
Addressing the contestants before the grand finale was held, Prof Frederick K Sarfo hailed the four (4) schools for their active participation and doffed his hat for the remaining 4 schools that had made it to that stage, namely Opoku Ware School, St. Mary’s Girls’ School, St. Hubert Seminary and Kumasi Girls Senior High School.
“Before we zoom into the actual competition, I wish to let you know that all of you are already winners, and this has nothing to do with the position you go home from here today. Hold your heads high and be proud of this feat because it is not easy to emerge as one of the best four in a 130-Secondary School competition. I am proud of you. I know your families and friends are also proud, and, of course, the schools you represent,” he told the participants.