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Regional News of Sunday, 31 October 2004

Source: GNA

DASS no record of examination mal practices

Offinso (Ash), Oct. 31, GNA - Dwamena Akenten Secondary school (DASS) has since its inception never experienced nor tasted the wrath of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) in terms of examination malpractices.

Mr. S.K. Degbang, Headmaster of the school who disclosed this stressed, "DASS has never been cautioned nor has it ever had its examination results cancelled by the WAEC or witnessed any punitive measures from the council for examination malpractices". Mr. Degbang made the disclosure when he addressed the 40th anniversary of DASS at Offinso on Saturday. He attributed the laudable and clean examination record to efforts not only of staff alone but the students themselves to instil and maintain discipline in the school.

He noted that with discipline well instilled in the system, coupled with committed and quality teachers, DASS, which used to witness poor academic performances, now experiences improved academic performances. While commending the Board of Governors, Parent-Teacher Association and the Offinso Traditional Council for the support given the school in the form of funds and physical developments, he appealed to them to still continue to come to their aid since the school continues to grapple with numerous problems.

Notably amongst them was the lack of potable water since the school had to contend with only one borehole, the lack of adequate accommodation and telephone facilities. Most Reverend Peter Kwasi Sarpong, Catholic Archbishop of Kumasi, advised teachers to desist from perceiving teaching as a business and begin to see it "as a vocation and calling and therefore sacrifice in giving of their best".

Dr. Joseph Sarkodie Addo, a Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of science and Technology (KNUST), called on school authorities to involve the student body in coming out with school rules and regulations.

"This way they are bound to abide by the regulations since they know they are partners to framing such rules and regulations", he added. Oct. 31 04