The Wesley Senior High School (SHS) at Bekwai in the Ashanti Region has launched a programme of activities for the celebration of the 20 th Anniversary of its founding, under the theme: ‘Improving Quality Education in the 21 st Century, the Role of Stakeholders.’
The launch also coincided with the inauguration of the school’s cadet corps, with a call on the government to assist the school with infrastructural facilities through the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund).
The Very Rev. Kenneth Oteng Dapaah, Headmaster of the school, said at the launch that the school had a lot of potential, and could do a lot better, but for the lack of infrastructure.
He indicated that there was congestion in the dormitories, and no staff bungalows, a situation which had compelled him to live in a rented house outside the school campus.
The Headmaster further indicated that the school had no science laboratory, and that besides, it was now contending with a library and a small computer laboratory.
He also mentioned that the road leading to the school was in an appalling state, and appealed to the government to consider addressing their plight by making the school benefit from GETFund Projects.
He commended the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), which, he said, had been their major support in the area of infrastructural development.
A part from the initial blocks provided by the Bekwai Wesley Methodist, and one block, which was singlehandedly built by one Mr. Yaw Ampofo, Managing Director of Cicero Guest House, and the girls dormitory built by the Assembly in collaboration with the GTZ Fund, all the other classroom blocks and the boys dormitory were provided by the PTA.
Currently, the PTA is constructing an 18-classroom block and dining hall, which was at the roofing level.
Rt. Rev. S.R. Bosomtwi Ayensu, Obuasi Methodist Diocesan Bishop and Board Chairman of the School, who inaugurated the cadet corps, appealed to the government to always consider students who play active roles in the school cadet corps and may be interested in being employed into the security services, to help eliminate unemployment in the job market.
He stated that the church would always be there to assist the school in all its endeavours to enable it produce quality intellectuals who would be able to take up the mantle as future leaders of this country.
Mr. Joseph Kwabena Onyina, former Ashanti Regional Director of Education, as Guest Speaker, also entreated the students to position themselves well in their academic careers, to enable them catch up with their aspirations and become useful to their families, society and Mother Ghana.
He pleaded with the teachers to help students know their shortcomings and give them the necessary support, adding that parents must show interest in their wards education, as the only legacy a parent can give to the child for the benefit of society.