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25.11.2008 General News

Ghana National holds open forum

By David Alan Painstil Cape Coast - Ghanaian Chronicle

The Headmaster of the Ghana National College, Mr. Koomson Barnes, and his staff, on Friday, set the pace when they interacted with the student body to take stock of activities going on in the school.

The staff gave the students the opportunity to voice out their grievances, while teachers also expressed their sentiments over the behaviour of students on campus.

Mr. Barnes set the ball rolling by asking the students to feel free to air their grievances, so as to enable the teaching staff find solutions to them.

Initially, the students were apprehensive of the move, for fear of victimisation, but the Headmaster's re-assurance gave them the confidence to bare their hearts out.

They complained about academic performance, food, accommodation, and a host of other problems confronting them on campus.

They were proud of new development projects being undertaken by the teaching staff, and improved discipline on campus.

Most of the students were bold to talk to their teachers through the microphone, while others used papers to voice out their grievances.

Mr. Barnes, at the end of the forum, expressed the teaching staff's satisfaction with the way students conducted themselves during the programme, which took place at the school's congregation grounds.

He said the staff planned to hold another event next year, to evaluate progress made after the first forum.

The Ghana National College was founded by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1948, with some dismissed students from Mfantsipim and St. Augustine's College.