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General News of Monday, 26 July 1999

Source: GNA

GES to protect school lands from encroachers

Accra, July 24, GNA - The Ghana Education Service (GES) will employ all available means to protect the school lands from encroachers, Professor Christopher Ekumfi Ameyaw, Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Said on Saturday.

He therefore asked school authorities to begin the task by securing the boundaries of their institutions. Prof. Ekumfi Ameyaw was the guest speaker at a special speech and prize giving day organised to commemorate the 68th anniversary of Accra Academy School.

Accra Academy, which started as a small community school in the rather boisterous Accra suburb of Jamestown in 1931 with 19 students, has produced great scholars and national figures including Dr Ako Adjei, the only surviving member of the "Big Six".

The Director-General, who is chairman of the West Africa Examination Council, warned that very soon life bans would be slapped on those who cheat in any of the body's examinations.

He pointed out that if cheating in examination, especially the public ones, is not checked immediately, the nation and examining the bodies would have serious credibility problems in the near future.

Prof. Ekumfi Ameyaw called on society at large to help lift the image of education by offering physical and moral support. Prof. Ekumfi Ameyaw praised the founders of the school for their foresight and selflessness to help educate people."

He lauded the efforts of the Headmistress, Mrs Beatrice Lokko, for her dedication to academic work in the school, as well as her uncompromising stance against encroachers of the school's lands.

Mrs Lokko appealed for an expansion of the schools facilities to accommodate more staff and students. She announced that a fund has been set up to help needy but poor students of the school.

The Headmistress expressed gratitude to the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of the school for making life on campus comfortable, thus keeping the moral of both students and teachers high. Prizes were given to deserving students and some personalities.