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The Vice President, Paa Kwasi Amissah Arthur has advised Schools that have the good fortune of receiving Government projects and other forms of assistance not to continue to make demands on Government as other even more deprived Schools also need to be served.  He therefore urged Communities where schools are located and other groups to support such schools in diverse ways since Government cannot do everything at a go.  The Vice President was speaking at the climax of the 25th   Anniversary Celebrations of the Nkoranman SHS at Seikwa in the Tain District of Bono-Ahafo.  The Anniversary came at a time when the school has undergone a complete makeover with the provision of facilities including an Administration Block, a Dining Hall, a Science Block, three teachers bungalows, a 12 unit classroom block and access roads among others.  The Nkoranman SHS also known as NKOSEC, was established in 1989 as a Community day SHS to serve Seikwa and its environs.  It was the brainchild of a number of citizens of Seikwa led by the General Secretary of the ruling NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah.  The school which started in rented premises consisting of a big room partitioned into three classrooms in Seikwa town, moved to its current location on the outskirts, in 1992 when it joined the ranks of Government assisted Senior High Schools.  The school until recently could be described as a deprived institution but fortune has smiled on it and Government through the GETFUND, in the last five years  it has given it a complete makeover that has made it one of the best resourced in Bono-Ahafo and Ghana as a whole so far as infrastructure goes.  Among the new facilities are a 2000 capacity dining hall, which doubles as an Asembl Hall, science and ICT Laboratories, an administration block, with a library section, three teachers’ quarters, a 12 unit classroom block and tarred access roads.  Also provided for the school are a fence wall, an impressive main gate, two overhead tanks and a mechanized borehole.  So it was with great joy that the Stakeholders in the school gathered to climax the Weeklong 25th Anniversary Celebrations.  Present were MPs and M/DCES from Bono-Ahafo, past students and staff of the school, Chiefs from the area as well members of the Public. The hosts, the just over 2000 students and the 102 members of staff looked resplendent in their blue and white anniversary cloth.  Also included in the Guest list was a Government Delegation which included the Vice President and the Bono-Ahafo Regional Minister, Eric Opoku.  Addressing the gathering, the Vice President, Paa Kwasi Amissah Arthur, said despite the economic challenges that Ghana is facing currently, Government is still committed to supporting the education sector to make it more effective.  He said Government through the GETFUND is striving to provide badly needed infrastructure in schools in other Communities across the Nation.  Turning to the Students, Mr. Amissah Arthur, advised them to study hard since a successful, future depends on hard work today.  He further urged them to build on the foundation laid by the founders of the school, by taking their education serious and build a good character for Ghana to benefit.  Earlier, the Headmaster of the School, Abudu Joseph, was full of praise to the Government and the GETFUND for the massive infrastructure development in his school.  He however mentioned the non-payment or late payment of school fees as a great challenge confronting the school.  He attributed this to the fact that majority of the parents are farmers who are cash strapped for a better part of the year.  Mr. Abudu consequently called for scholarships to help solve the problem which constantly threatens to cause the closure of the school.  The Guest Speaker at the Event and Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Prof Daniel Obeng Ofori, expressed his delight with the massive infrastructure development in the school and called for effective maintenance of the facilities. Prizes and Awards were presented to deserving staff and students past and present. A bust of Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah was also unveiled in honour of the NDC General Secretary, who is not only the founder of NKOSEC, but used his influence to ensure rapid development of the school.
Source: Biiya Mukusah Ali/news.developghana.com
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