Regional News of Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Students from the Ho Polytechnic Chapter of the Foundation for Future Leaders International have visited the Shia Senior High School (SHS), near Ho, to undertake a mentorship programme to encourage the SHS students to study hard in order to perform well in their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The programme became necessary due to the poor performance of the school in the WASSCE last year. The school was rated last in the Volta Region.
Members of the foundation have tasked themselves to take up the challenge of transforming the school to become one of the best in the country and a preferred educational institution by all students.
The foundation is a youth professional human resource development and capital building organisation which was founded by Dr Emmanuel Dei Tumi.
Speaking at the programme, the Chief Executive Officer of the Bismark Tay, Leadership Solution, Mr Bismark Tay urged the students to take total responsibility of their lives and work towards their goals and aspirations in life.He urged them not to be discouraged by the performance of their seniors in the previous WASSCE.
Mr Tay stated that although they lacked infrastructure, the students should take advantage of the qualified, committed and experienced teachers, as well as the serene environment, to achieve academic laurels.
Preparing for examination
The secretary of the Student Representative Council (SRC) of the Ho Polytechnic, Mr Courage C. Tetteh, who spoke to the students on how to achieve academic excellence, asked them to stop procrastinating and start preparing for their examinations even when the time was not due.
He asked them to develop strategic plans of study and also create ample time for subjects they considered more difficult to enable them to pick up. “Remember that if you are not planning how to succeed, then you are already planning how to fail,” he added.
Talking about the plight of the school, the headmaster, Mr J.C Dzumador, said the school had adequate teachers but lacked classrooms, library and reading materials to make learning easier.
Due to this reason, the population of the school, which started with over 100 students, had continually reduced with a current student population being 35.
He said the catchment area of the school was wide but was not getting the required student numbers because of its poor situation.
“Last year, about 300 students were placed in the school but only one person reported. Many came, saw the infrastructure, the environment and never returned,” he disclosed.
The environment is affecting the studies of the students, as well as the performance of the school.
Despite the challenges, the headmaster stated that the school would ask the Ghana Education Service (GES) to send more students there for the teachers to be utilised.
He asked that students who would be posted should be within the catchment area and not from far places.