Regional News of Monday, 18 March 2013
Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, Managing Director of Graphic Communications Group Limited has called for the extension of boarding facilities to all senior high schools in the country.
He said the boarding school system helped to bring students from all kinds of tribal and traditional backgrounds together, which enabled them to learn about each other’s cultures and tradition.
Mr Ashigbey said this on Saturday at the 83rd speech and Prize giving day of St. Augustine’s College’s in Cape Coast.
The event was under the theme: “The role of the boarding school Achieving National Unity and Development”.
He said no matter the cost involved, government should endeavour to maintain the boarding school system because its value for unity and national development were great and it far outweighed the cost, adding that it could also help instill in the children the sense for independence, self-development and above all the essence of nationalism.
He said the system could also help shed the prejudice which students carried about other people’s tribes and that it would enhance tribal harmony which forms a critical part of the foundation for national unity through National integration.
Mr Ashigbey, who is an old student of the school, called on President John Dramani Mahama to continue to engage the church and other stakeholders on the discussion to return mission schools to churches adding that there was a lot more to be gained from such an arrangement than the current situation.
Mr Kwadwo Nyanpon Aboagye, a retired Chief Executive of Ghana Highway Authority and an old boy, advised the students not to be misled by people who say ‘Gayism’ was something normal, stressing that “if God thought being gay was cool, he would not have made Eve, a woman for Adam” therefore they should not waste away their chances in life with such acts, smoking, use of drugs and other social vices.
He called on the students to make it a point to observe all school rules saying such rules would mold them to be law abiding and their lives would be properly shaped because national development cannot thrive where there is indiscipline.
Mr Joseph Connell, Headmaster of the College, said everything was being done to maintain academic standards and discipline in the college.
He called on all stakeholders as well as parents to support the college administration to instill discipline in the students stressing that, “a good crop of student with high moral values was simply an asset for National Unity and development”
Awards in the form of cash, certificates and books were presented to deserving students, teachers and none teaching staffs for their hard work.