Forces Senior High Technical School (FSHTS) last Wednesday held its 4th Speech and Prize Giving Day at the Garrison Methodist Presbyterian Church (GMPC) at Burma Camp, Accra.
In a welcome address, the Headmaster of the school, Lt Col Osman Sham –Un Zuneidu stated that the school was focusing on linking second cycle course contents to modern industrial realities to empower graduates with the requisite skills and dexterity to enable them to create jobs for themselves, which hitherto will push the nation’s industrialisation drive.
Speaking on the theme “Linking Secondary Technical and Vocational Education to Industry; the Panacea to Unemployment Problems in Ghana”, he said the school has made sturdy progress putting up sterling academic performance in both internal and external examinations.
He added that according to the Greater Accra Education Office’s Appraisal Report on 2018 WASSCE results, was the best among Public SHS/SHTS in Core Mathematics and the overall seventh best school in the Greater Accra region.
The Headmaster called on all stakeholders to continue supporting the school to fix some of its challenges which include lack of staff bungalows, old and poorly equipped science laboratories, lack of an assembly hall, lack of means of transportation, inadequate classrooms and dormitories and lack of toilet facilities.
Lt Col Zuneidu in that regard acknowledged contributions and projects from the Member of Parliament, La Dadekotopon, Hon Vincent Sowah Odotei, Buffer Stock, National Petroleum Authority, Office of the Chief of the Defense Staff and the Chamber of Oil Marketers Association of Ghana. Others were the office of the Defence Financial Comptroller and the Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority.
The Guest of Honour, Mr Alhassan Suleimana Tampuli, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Petroleum Authority, noted that modern science and technology permeate every aspect of our socio-economic life.
He said science, technical, vocational, engineering and mathematics education must be prioritised to give students the advantage of having relevant skills to meet the goals of the 21st-century education.
According to him the potential of technical and vocational courses have not been fully explored as an avenue to resolve unemployment challenges and create economic opportunities to support the country’s development.
He, therefore, urged stakeholders to play a pivotal in ensuring the school achieves its purpose of producing men and women who can make meaningful contributions towards the development of the society.
Mr Alhassan also used the occasion to congratulate the Board of Governors, the Headmaster, Staff and Students of the school for reiterating the importance of technical and vocational education while drawing the attention of the government on the need to link secondary, technical and vocational education to industry.
The Guest of Honour of the occasion, Mr Francis Agbley encouraged students to take advantage of the favourable academic environment created by their teachers and excel in their academic pursuits.
Touching on discipline, he noted that the upbringing of a child should not be the sole responsibility of the biological parents but the entire family, the community and the country at large.
Mr Agbley, who is also an old student of the school appealed to government to intensify vocational and technical education in schools in order to build a strong base of skilled and employable tradesmen and women.
He again appealed to the Military High Command to make room for students of FSHTS offering technical and vocational education to intern with them and acquire the needed skill before completion.
Some members of staff and overall best students in certain courses were awarded for their outstanding performances.