The Half-Assini Catholic JSS in the Western Region last year recorded 89.5 per cent pass in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) as against 83 per cent the previous year.
Mr Emmanuel Nyankey, the Head Teacher of the school, speaking at this year’s Western Regional Catholic Education Week, described the performance as impressive.
The weeklong programme, under the theme: “Catholic Education: Formation for Transformation,” is to, among other things, provide the opportunity for Catholic schools to foster relationship and encourage healthy communities.
Mr Nyankey expressed concern about the school’s low performance in the BECE in 2013 and 2014 which were below 50 per cent and said the current improvement was due to pragmatic measures adopted by the authorities coupled with hard work of the teachers and students.
He said the theme for the celebration was appropriate considering the attitude of the current generation.
Mr Nyankey expressed gratitude to the District Education Directorate for including the school`s Kindergarten (KG) in the “Fast Track in Transforming Trained Teachers Programme” which had brought improvement in academic work at the KG.
Ms Agnes Arthur, the Jomoro District Assistant Director of Education in-charge of Girl Child Education, who spoke on the “Importance of Education,” said education gave people basic-line skills and communication skills as well as ensuring self -reliance and team work.
She, however, expressed concern about how some parents spent time on television dramas such as “Kunkum Bagyea” to the neglect of their children and urged them to spend more time with their children and help them with their homework.
Reverend Father Paul Esibu, the Rector of Ekpu Catholic Rectorate, and Chaplain of Half-Assini SHS, speaking on the: “Role of the Catholic Church in Education Delivery,” said Catholic schools did not only train people to be academically brilliant but also ensured their moral integrity.
Mr Stephen Tetteh, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Secretary, urged parents to provide decent school uniforms for their children as some of the pupil’s uniforms left much to be desired.
He appealed to the parents to pay their PTA dues to enable the authority to meet the needs of the school adding that the association would soon introduce a programme to motivate the teachers to give of their best.
Mr Dominic Cobbinah, the PTA chairman, who presided, asked the pupils and students to be proud of the school as it had produced many noble people in the society including the First President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
He urged them to see Dr Nkrumah as their role model and study hard to be prominent people in the society.
Other activities to mark the week include clean up exercises, route march, excursions and church services.