March 31, 2011
Tema, March 31, GNA - The Tema Senior High School (TEMASCO), on Thursday launched its Golden Jubilee celebration with a call on old students to contribute generously towards the improvement of the school's infrastructure.
The 50th Anniversary would be celebrated in November this year under the theme: "Fifty Years of Academic Excellence and Total Person Development."
Mrs Elizabeth Ama Asare, Headmistress of the school, said it was faced with many challenges necessitating the intervention and support of the past students and other stakeholders.
Mrs Asare expressed regret that because the school lacked enough staff bungalows, majority of the teaching staff travelled long distances to school daily.
She regretted further that the school's dormitories, dining and assembly halls that were built 50 years ago had not seen any expansion or renovation over the years.
TEMASCO, she said, was established on September 22, 1961 with six teachers and 105 students by Dr Kwame Nkrumah as a boarding co-educational institution.
It was to buttress his vision of accelerated education for all and human resource base for the industrialization of Ghana.
She said, currently, the school has 102 graduate teachers and 66 non-teaching staff members as well as a student population of 2,260.
The TEMASCO Headmistress stated that 741 male students and 633 females are boarders while 502 boys and 384 girls are day students.
She said discipline, moral values, hard work, honesty, respect for the elderly and time management were very high on the current administration's agenda.
Mrs Charlotte Ahwoi, Managing Director of Thelore Company Limited, and an old student, who launched the anniversary, commended the school and its stakeholders for producing distinguished men and women in different careers and professions.
Mrs Ahwoi noted that the theme for the celebration implied that the school offered holistic education to all who passed through its walls.
She indicated that the past students of TEMASCO have been applying the discipline and knowledge acquired in the school, to help solve social, spiritual and economic difficulties with a degree of success that society has recognized.
"This discipline and guidance I believe, are what have ensured that in 50 years, TEMASCO has not experienced any violent demonstration and wanton destruction of school property," Mrs Ahwoi added.
She announced that the celebration would be heralded by activities including street floats, health walk, clean up exercises, choral music festival, cultural display and food and clothing bazaar.
Dr Yaw Akoto, Managing Director of Bulk Transportation and Storage Company Limited and a past student, chaired the programme.