Agotime Senior High School, in efforts towards restructuring and making its institution an academic hub, has its new Board of Governors inaugurated and sworn-in by the District Magistrate of Agotime Ziope, His Worship Samuel Essel Walker.
The event which was held on Friday, 11th June, 2021 brought together all the stakeholders that mattered as far as the nurturing and the modeling of the students are concerned. The programme was under the distinguished chairmanship of Mr. Anthony Agbovi, former accountant at Ghana Education Service.
The host and Headmaster of the school, in his welcome address, thanked the outgoing Board of Governors for their efforts towards the improvement of academic issues in the school. He indicated his strongest desire yet in working with the new Board in order to uplift the image of the school. On the issues thwarting his work, he expressed much concern about the open nature of the school, irregular water supply and the outdated nature of the administration block. It was his hope that these issues would be dealt with.
The Volta Regional Director of Education, Madam Enyonam Afi Amafuga, who was also the Guest Speaker for the event, in her inaugural address, thanked the dignitaries present for honouring their invitation. She also expressed gratitude to the old Board for contributing their quota towards the development of the school. She further revealed that the process of inaugurating Board Members has been dymystified. It was her believe that the new Board of Governors would help solve the myriad of problems confronting the school.
On the reconstitution of the Board, she indicated that the full representation of all the stakeholders is indicative of the job at hand. She also took the opportunity to spell out the duties of the Board Members.
Teachers were impressed upon to desist from using corporal punishment as a means of correcting students. According to her, such acts only inflict pains on the students. They were also tasked to train the students to become responsible citizens as the results of the WASSCE analysis were nothing to boast of in recent times.
Madam Enyonam Afi Amafuga had some wise words for the students as well. She appealed to them to use their time judiciously and tactfully in order to make good grades. It was her prayer that they would do away with the irrelevant things and focus on their studies.
This, she said was necessary for their goals to be realized.
Other speakers took their turns to give their messages. Here are some of them.
Hon. Dodzi Martin Nutor, the Presiding Member for the Agotime Ziope District Assembly deputized on behalf of the MP for the area. According to him, the MP sent his warm regards and apologized for missing out. It was his desire that COVID-19 protocols would be adhered to, as the exigency is still lurking around. He indicated his readiness to work with the new Board of Governors to change the dwindling fortunes of the school.
Nene Akoto Saah VII, the Warlord of the Agotime Traditional Area:
Nene Akoto Saah VII touched on the laxity of security issues on the school compound and intimated his resolve yet to help correct that anomaly. He tasked the management of the school to be forthright in dealing with disciplinary issues as they have the tendency of drawing the school backwards. He also tasked the teachers to engage in quarterly quizzes in order to improve academically as a school. He prayed that the water and accommodation issues bedeviling the school would be resolved.
Dr. Grandy Hallow, New Board of Governors member:
Dr. Grandy Hallow acknowledged the tasked ahead and called for complete support from all the stakeholders. He tasked his colleagues to eschew partisanship so that their front would not be divided. He assured the students that discipline would be top on their agenda. This, he said, would be the right way in shaping them up for the future.
DCE, Hon. John Amenya:
Hon. John Amenya, apologized for coming to the programme late as he was engaged in an equally important national assignment; observation of the Green Ghana Project Day.
He expressed his profound gratitude to the teachers for keeping to their core mandate of modeling the students. He revealed that the infrastructure problems facing the school were known to him and his outfit was making conscious efforts to help resolve them. He called on the Headmaster of the school to encourage technical courses in the school. Finally, he promised to help solve the water issues by constructing underground reservoirs.
There was a solidarity message from Volta CHASS as well. Also in attendance were Manye Kwawudade II, the Paramount Queen Mother of the Agotime Traditional Area, Nene Alietso Korsorku III, one of the Chiefs and other dignitaries.
The school’s Brass Band and the Choir churned out melodious songs to keep the place alive while the AGOSEC CEPS Cadet Corps was equally on duty to handle security issues during the debut inaugural outdoor event.