Koforidua secondary technical school properly known as SECTECH held its golden jubilee anniversary over the weekend with memorable series of events. The anniversary was on theme “re-defining educate for service to meet current and future economic demands in Ghana”, the guest speaker Barima Ba Dr. Samuel Yaw Annor, CEO of National Health Insurance Authority and on the theme said that, it doesn’t look good for Ghana not being among the top technological nation in Africa after 50 years of secondary technical education. He said that Ghanaians needs to change their appetite of praising everything foreign so that we can keep using our products as we keep perfecting them. It is by only this means that scientist and technologist trained through our sectech and other higher learning institution will be motivated go the extra mile to invent means to solve the myriad of challenges facing mother Ghana.

The headmaster Barima Ba Mr. Samuel Prince Foli was thankful to God for bringing Koforidua sectech this far. He used the occasion to share with parents, old students and guests about the successes of the school. He made a passionate appeal to GETFUND to come and complete the new dormitory so to ease congestion in the four dormitories. He used the occasion to thank PTA for the continues support, he was full of praise of the old students’ association for constructing a new state of the art entrance for the school, as well as efforts to renovate the school Pantry and work in progress on the multi-purpose assembly hall. He said that, he and his staffs will work hard to keep the school among the best in the country not only in academics but also in the matte of discipline.

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The association President Barima Ba Scofray Nana Yaw Yeboah in his speech made a passionate call on government and corporate bodies to come to the school’s aid towards the construction of the multi-purpose assembly hall (MPAH). He said after the completion, it will be the first of its kind in Ghana for a second cycle school to have such and edifice that is designed for indoor sporting activities which can accommodate close to 4000 seats. He said to maintain the status of the sectech as a hybrid of mini military academy and Massachusetts Institute of Technology thus providing high standards of discipline and practical technological knowledge, all stakeholders especially Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, PTA etc. must join forces with the association to implement their 20-year development. He said with this the fiercest challenge of over population and lack of state of the art laboratory, lack of logistics etc will be a thing of past.

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The ceremony was graced by Hon Asibe Yeboah, chaired by Barima Ba Ing. Jonathan Amoako Baah CEO GRIDCO, Barima Ba Ing. Samuel Appiah Boakye ceo of ECG, Barima Ba Rev Prof. Charles Ansah Pro vice Chancellor of KNUST, Barima Ba Prof. Samuel Odai immediate past Pro VC of KNUST, Barima Ba Rev Christian Koramoah Financial Controller of GES as well as the Regional Director of Education, Municipal Director of education and many well-wishers.

On Friday afternoon, Barima Ba Rev Prof. Charles Ansa was the guest speaker for the anniversary dialogues on the theme, “50 years of sectech in Ghana’s development; the gains, challenges and the way forward” which took place at the Capital View hotel, with powerful attendance by old the students.

In the evening the “occasion was used to commission the new entrance of the school after a powerful candlelight procession through the principal streets in Koforidua with electronic candles. The “fireworks” display was simply unprecedented and indescribable; “Hy-Skull” Band were simply exceptional on the Friday evening not forgetting the beautiful 48 car convoy that drove from Accra to Koforidua on Thursday evening.

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Saturday morning was the climax and over 3000 old students were present. In the evening the old students’ held a fundraising dinner dance and it was just beautiful to see sectechans in their traditional wear or suit and tie. The first generation honoured Scofray Nana Yaw Yeboah the president of the alumni, “Chairman Essien” (Stephen Essien) the vice president, Ken McKenzie Acquah the Organizing secretary, Felix Osae Larbi the financial controller and “Capone” Richard Nii Armah Aryeetey an executive member for their selfless service to the association for the past 7 years.

Barima Ba Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi, preached at the Sunday
service on the theme building your house on the rock. He challenged the young students to take their studies and life seriously so that when the storms of life visit them, their successes will be assured.

Story by Frank Asante

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