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06.11.2008 Education

UPSHS cries for rightful `Parent`

By Magdalene Sey, Cape Coast - Ghanaian Chronicle

The Headmistress of the University Practice Senior High School (UPSHS), Mrs. Juliana Owusu Ansah, has made a passionate appeal to the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports, to come out clear on whether the Ghana Education Service (GES), or the University of Cape Coast (UCC) was the body overseeing the school.

She lamented that the school was in a very disadvantaged position, as its infrastructural development was being drastically hampered by the problem of “dual parentage.”

Mrs. Owusu-Ansah made the appeal on Saturday, during the 16th Speech and Prize Giving Day of the UPSHS in Cape Coast.

Mrs Owusu-Ansah explained that the situation had developed to a point, where both the GES and UCC expected each other to provide the needs of the school, a situation she noted, was making the school lag behind in terms of infrastructural development.

Mrs. Owusu Ansah however, noted that in spite of the problem confronting the school, it could still boast of competent teachers in all areas of study, and urged the students to take advantage of the competent teaching staff and excel.

Recounting some achievements chalked by the school, the Headmistress noted that none of the students who sat for the 2007/2008 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) failed.

She attributed the performance of the students to the competence of the teaching staff.

She noted that to facilitate the new educational reforms, the school had bought 20 new computers to facilitate the teaching of Information Communication Technology (ICT), and promised that the school would work hard to complete its computer laboratory, to enable students who intend to have ICT as an elective subject, pursue it.

The Deputy Minister of Education, Mrs. Angelina Baiden Amissah, advised parents to coach their wards in the selection of schools into second cycle institutions, to enable them make right choices.

The Senior Prefect of the school, Master John Sey Quansah, expressed gratitude to all stakeholders of the school, for the provision of a girls' hostel and a science resource centre.

He, however, appealed to them to assist the school to establish boys' hostel, as well as fully equip the computer laboratory, to enhance computer studies.

The Central Regional Minister, Nana Ato Arthur, who attended the ceremony, promised to provide a bus for the school, to ease the transportation problems of both students and staff.

Special awards were presented to both teaching and non-teaching staff, including, Mr. Dominic Yaw Assan and Ms Francisca Kplorfia, for their meritorious service to the school.