The staff and students of Chemu Secondary School, Tema at the weekend celebrated the silver jubilee of the school.
The Vice President Aliu Mahama, in an address read on his behalf by the Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Samuel Bannerman Mensah said "education is key and an indispensable tool for accelerated socio-economic development of any nation, adding "it is important that we give our children, who are the future leaders, the type of education that will equip them with knowledge and skills that will lead to meaningful lives in a complex world of tomorrow."
George K Avorkliyah, the headmaster of the school, in his address said the Tema Community 4 Middle school was converted into a Secondary School on the 12th of October 1982, as part of the educational reform programme and the need to provide community based schools. The population now stands at 1,988 students.
Mr Avorkliyah said "the school continues to produce very good results, maintaining a high level of percentage of 99.8 on the average which has never dropped till date. The climax was when the school took the enviable Award for Excellence by the West African Examinations Council."
Out of 118,000 students in the 2005 West African Senior secondary school Examinations, "Chemu secondary school took the best science student position. The sky has now become the limit and we do not hope to look down", he added.
The Headmaster said the greatest problem facing the school is that of infrastructure. Despite the efforts by teachers and students to raise the academic standard, the school has no good science laboratory and accommodation for teachers.
The attempt by PTA to build an eight room flat for teachers has been frustrated as a result of insufficient fund. Furthermore, the school also needs additional classrooms for effective implementation of the new reform programme.
He therefore appealed to all stakeholders and corporate bodies to come to the aid of the school.
Awards were given to deserving members of staff and students, both past and present.