The First Lady, Mrs Ernestina Naadu Mills, has called on Ghanaians to rise up to the challenge of making Ghana a better place for all to live in.
She said Ghana has great potentials to becoming a great nation and that this could be achieved if all hands are on deck to build it.
She was speaking at the 60th Speech and Prize-Giving Day of Aburi Girls Senior High School at Aburi on Saturday.
The event was marked under the theme: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dare to dream, Yes we canÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Mrs Mills, an old student and a former teacher of the school, paid glowing tribute to the founding fathers, teachers and all those who had contributed towards making it a great girlsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ educational institution in the country.
Mrs Sylvia Asempa, the Headmistress, said the school moved from 91.7 percent at the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in 2003 to 100 percent last year.
She said currently, it is rated to be among the best five top schools that feed the universities, adding that out of 378 students presented for the WASSCE last year, 365 qualified to enter the university.
Mrs Asempa said the school achieved such high academic results through innovative policies, strict supervision, improved infrastructure, congenial atmosphere, team work, commitment, dedication and motivation for the teachers.
She said effective motivation of teachers was imperative for the achievement of the national goal to enhance education.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“But if the nation continues to live on the slogan that teachersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ reward is in heaven, the youth and human resources of the country will also continue to reap mediocrity,Ã¢â‚¬Â she held.
Mr Yonny Kulendi, a lawyer, advised the students to avoid alcohol and bad friends because they could destroy their dreams.
Deserving students were presented with prizes while the Senior House Mistress, Ms Agnes Wendy Adu, who was retiring after 33 yearsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ service, was given an Opel saloon car by the school.