Prempeh College in Kumasi is one Senior High School (SHS) in the country that has distinguished itself and stands tall among the rest not only in terms of academic work but also general school-related activities such as sports, leadership etc. This is evident in the several prominent and influential Ghanaians such as the Ex-President J.A Kufuor the school has churned out over the years.
The story is not any different when it comes to organization of old-student groups in which the College is generally regarded as the school with one of the most well-organized old-student fronts by way of its National Amanfoo Old Boys Association – which serves as a reference point for many other schools.
This extends to the various year groups of the College which have over the years by way of diverse projects supported and contributed to the general development of their alma-mater especially during their homecoming.
The most recent is the 1998 batch which provided the school with state-of-the-art water distribution system – in a bid to mitigate the perennial water-supply challenges on campus.
The initiative expected to significantly boost teaching and learning in the College formed part of major activities to mark the group’s 20th anniversary homecoming held between 7th and 9th of December, 2018.
Giving back to their Alma-mater
The facility wholly financed by the Amanfoo ’98 year group comprises a mechanized borehole and a 7,000 litre reservoir to supply potable water to various dormitories on campus. It was inaugurated on Saturday, 8th December, 2018 as the major highlight of the group’s 3-day homecoming.
President of Amanfoo ‘98 year group, Dr. Ernest Opoku noted the project only reaffirms the group’s commitment to contribute to the development of the College especially after donating a complete Public Address Sound System in 2016.
“We didn’t just come back home but giving back to our alma-mater towards its development. This, we deem a crucial stepping-stone to our Silver-Jubilee celebrations in 2023 expected to be marked with a much bigger project in terms of impact” he noted.
Members of the group both within and outside Ghana subsequently made voluntary contributions to finance the project which was jointly executed by Messrs. Boapokas Company Limited and Trezihaus Limited – both of which are owned and managed by products of Prempeh College.
For the school authorities and the student-body, the project couldn’t have come at a better time given how erratic water supply by the Ghana Water Company Limited unduly affect academic work as well as social and general school activities. According to the Headmaster (Academics) of the College, Mr Ernest Wiafe, the challenges with water supply had reached the crisis stage, the reason the intervention is deemed timely.
“Whenever there is a problem with water from the Ghana Water Company Limited, we suffer unduly. Students have to go round looking for water here – sometimes affecting classes. So with this intervention by the 1998 year group, it has taken that burden virtually off. Four houses out of the nine are going to depend entirely on this mechanized borehole and we hope that in the near future other year groups will also come over and provide additional ones so that we can have our own internal water system without depending on Ghana Water Company Limited”
The Assistant School Prefect, Dennis Kofi Neizer on behalf of the students expressed their gratitude to the old boys and impressed on other stakeholders the need to continue supporting the school in times of need. “As you started with our sound system and now a mechanized borehole, I know that better things are coming that will help the entire college to make the school a beacon of hope and a light unto the path of other schools” he noted.
The 3-day homecoming held between 7th and 9th of December, 2018 was mainly to commemorate 20 years since the old boys completed the College.
Dozens of Amanfoo ’98 old boys participated in addition to representatives from Amanfoo ’97 year-group and the ‘98 year groups of other schools like Yaa Asantewaa Girls Secondary School (YAGSS) – which is generally acknowledged as the College’s female “alliance” school. The event which many stakeholders described as perhaps the biggest homecoming in the college’s history involved a series of activities on campus over the 3-day period.
This is broadly classified into official ones involving the students and/or school authorities and non-official ones by way of merry-making and networking among the old boys.
On the first day, Friday, 7th December the “seniors” (as the old boys of Prempeh College are affectionately called) held with the student body, a mentoring session which saw selected “seniors” with backgrounds in Science, Business and Arts share their inspiring, insightful and eye-opening experiences to guide the students in their academic and general-life decisions.
The second day opened with sports and funfair at the College stadium where both indoor and outdoor games were held. The highlight of it all was a 3-team football tournament which was won by Amanfo ’97 Year Group that participated alongside Prempeh College tutors and Amanfo ’98 Year Group as the host team.
The water distribution facility was later on Saturday inaugurated under the patronage of the immediate past Diocesan Bishop of the Methodist Church, Afigyaase, Rev. Moses Quayson. As part of the unofficial activities, the “seniors” hanged out in the evenings to unwind and network at MaCalean Joint at Nyiaeso and Sapphire Gardens at Atasomanso also owned by an Amanfoo.
The homecoming was climaxed with a thanksgiving service on campus on Sunday. The service saw the old boys lead many activities such as bible reading and announcements among others. Gospel Musician, Minister OJ, a proud member of Amanfoo ‘98 year-group led the congregation in a powerful song-ministration which many described as the highpoint of the service. This was by way of reggae and pop renditions of his inspirational gospel hit tracks which by way of relevance smoothly dovetailed into the sermon delivered by Rev Joshua Ahiaba, another proud member of Amanfoo ‘98 year group who heads the Christ Apostolic Church, Bantama, Kumasi.
Before departing, the old boys unofficially crowned it all with a Special Omotuo and Tuo Zaafi party at MaClean Joint where they also honoured one of their tutors, Mr. Thomas Osei Tutu who coincidentally turned 73 that same day.
Long Live Prempeh College, Long Live Amanfoo ’98.
SONA2020: Teachers to be granted professional allowance – Prez. Akuffo Addo
In the educational aspect of President Akuffo Addo’s State Of the Nation’s Address (SONA), he addressed that, “all plans, all hopes, all expectations for a brighter tomorrow will only come to fruition if they can guarantee an educated and skilled workforce”. He also expressed on how education has been their priority pinpointing to the national budget as a reference to his speculation.
“Mr. Speaker, A look at the national budget gives a clear indication of where our priority lies and it is with education”.
In respect to the chalk and board fraternity, thus the teaching fraternity, the address highlighted on the restoration of teacher trainee allowances. It again highlighted some achievements chalked in the teaching fraternity which are; employment of sixty-seven thousand (67,000) teachers, tier-2 pension funds of teachers have been paid, the three-year backlog of non-promotion of teachers have been cleared. “We have abandoned the three-month pay policy inherited for newly-recruited teachers and cleared 92% of the legacy arrears”. His address stated.
The address again went on to say that the research and book allowances that were cancelled have been restored and his government have agreed to grant teachers a professional allowance.
“We want the teachers to accept that they hold our destinies in their hands”.
UDS NAVRONGO CAMPUS PUTTING ON A NEW FACE- INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS MANIFESTING
On Tuesday 14th of January, 2020, the SRC president took upon his WhatsApp status expressing his joy on the ongoing renovation and the “massive infrastructure development”.
His excellency the SRC president Raymond Oviti is nationwide known for his fight for the school fees reduction. This was mainly because, the intended purpose of some slashes in the school fees were not realized.
Through series of dialogue and displeasure of students through demonstration, the administration came into terms with the leadership of the SRC.
The SRC Public relations officer, Mr Ishmael told the student populace through a circular stating that, the administration asked for a little time to improve upon the infrastructures and other pressing issues of concern.
KING WORDI BUSINESS CENTRE has opened a new shop just beside kokotu. They have in stock various soft drinks and bottled water.
True to their words, the administration has started with and ongoing developments as they have promised. Among the ongoing renovation include the NH1 lecture halls and completion of the school library.
The SRC president is hopeful that, the developments as they have promised, will be completed before the end of the second trimester as the auditorium, FAS block and others are in line.
Private Varsities Want Autonomy
The Private Universities Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG) has called on government to make private universities autonomous.
At the handover ceremony of the newly elected executives of PUSAG, which was under the theme: “Academic Freedom: Ensuring the Autonomous and Effective Running of Private Universities,” the Minister of State for Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, gave an assurance that the autonomy issue was being looked at by Parliament.
He said government was determined to take measures to rule out the outmoded affiliation system.
He indicated that government was making plans to remove all barriers that limit the ability of private tertiary institutions to become more effective and also put the private institutions on the same status as the public universities. “The new policy introduces measures that seek to make the private universities autonomous,” he affirmed.
Later in an interview, Prof. Yankson added that the new policy would award licence to private universities after three years of operation, depending on the number of years the university has been in existence and the facilities they have to operate with if they become autonomous.
“Licence will be awarded to private universities that can operate on their own in terms of facilities and professionalism of lecturers,” he said. The Chief Executive Officer of Joy for Fame, John Obiri Yeboah, who was a guest speaker, said the existence of private tertiary institution had helped in the development of the country and promised to support PUSAG to become effective.
The past National President of PUSAG, Charles Opoku, mentioned that private universities cannot continue to have their ‘competitors’ as their ‘masters’ and called on government to provide a five-year road map to give autonomy to private universities. He used the opportunity to outline some of the successes of his administration.
The newly elected President of PUSAG, Alswel Annan, called on management of private universities to admit more students.
Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I, who chaired the function, advised the newly elected executives to stay focused and not dabble in unnecessary partisan politics.
“Don’t let any politician to use you; never be moved by what you see and hear but by the spirit,” he advised.