13.03.2005 General News

Let discipline and hard-work be your hallmark - Speaker

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Cape Coast, March 13, GNA - The Speaker of Parliament, Mr Ebenezer Begyina Sekyi-Hughes, on Saturday urged students to "emulate and re-live" the hard work, punctuality and discipline of their mentors to enhance the standards of education in the country. He noted that this would enable them to "make it in life," saying, "there is always room at the top of the ladder for those who learn and are disciplined and have the sense of responsibility".

Mr Sekyi-Hughes made the call at the 95th speech and prize giving and founder's day of the Adisadel College at Cape Coast on Saturday. President John Agyekum Kufour, who was in Cape Coast to address the diamond jubilee of St. Augustine's College in the municipality, made a stop over at Adisadel to unveil a plaque for the construction of a 10 billion cedis Centenary Resource Centre and to inaugurate a new gate, known as the "Mercer East Gate". The Day also coincided with the launching of Adisadel's Centenary celebration, which comes off in 2010.

Mr Sekyi-Hughes who is also an old student of the college, commended the founders and the old students for their contribution towards the running of Adisadel and called on the authorities to continue to inculcate self-help in the students, saying without such a spirit no institution or society could progress. He also charged the students to endeavour to help tackle the challenges facing the society in order to "recapture and sustain the alma mater's leadership position among African institutions".

Mr Kwadwo Asiedu-Gyimah, Acting Head Master said candidates presented by the college in last year's SSSCE, had 74 percent average passes in grades A, B and C, which enabled the college to move from the 24th to 21st position in the SSS academic league table. He was however not happy, that the league table only "places emphasises on mere passes," adding that, the yardstick for ranking the performance of schools should be revised, since mere passes do not gain students admission to higher levels of education. "A student might have all the passes, but it cannot lead him to gain admission into a tertiary institution" he said adding that, "the league table system, therefore gives a false sense of superiority to some schools, while making others feel inferior". Mr Asiedu-Gyimah commended the Parent Teacher Association for its contribution towards the development of the College, such as the provision of a 60-seater TATA bus, two staff bungalows and the refurbishment of the staff common room and funds to beef up security. He mentioned the lack of adequate classrooms, a modern multi-purpose assembly hall, staff accommodation and a boundary wall as the needs of the College.

Master Kojo Nimako, School Prefect, commended the teachers for their had work resulting in good results in last year's SSSCE and appealed for a library and sport equipment to enhance sporting activities. Mr Hero Mangha Bhavnani, Chairman of the Board of Governors, who launched the Centenary celebration, said the Centenary Resource Centre to be built in phases, would among other facilities, comprise a library complex, an auditorium, administration block and staff club. He appealed to the government and other NGOs to come to the aid of the College to complete the Centre. The various year groups made donations such as computers and microscopes to the school, while deserving students were presented with awards.

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