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.
Minister Says Gov’t Has Recruited 59,000 Teachers Since 2017
The Minister for Education says the introduction of the Free Senior High School policy has resulted in an increment in student enrolment by some 31%, as opposed to the spectre of 100,000 students falling out of school each year at the Junior High School level in the years before 2017.
Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh indicated that “for the first time in 10 years, under President Akufo-Addo, we have said this and nobody has been able to dispute it, every child in every secondary school has been supplied with all the core textbooks. It has never happened before.”
He continued, “Not only have we supplied the core textbooks, we have also supplied revision books in Maths. Not only that, we are buying questions and answers of the past WAEC exams since 1993 for the students to learn. There is no better time to study than now.”
The Minister for Education made this known on Monday, July 8, when he joined President Akufo-Addo at a meeting with members of the Ghanaian community in Paris, as part of the latter’s official visit to that country.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh indicated that when the Northern grants were established by Ghana’s first leader, Kwame Nkrumah, there were only two schools in the whole of the 3 Northern Regions.
“It did not prevent Kwame Nkrumah from starting bursaries for the Northern schools. Not having enough classrooms will never stop us from having Free SHS. In fact, Ghanaians have voted, and enrolment increased by 31% in 2017 and 2018,” he said.
Towards addressing issues associated with the introduction of the Double Track school system, the Minister for Education indicated that 8,000 teachers were specifically employed.
“We did the timetables that we needed, and the President ordered the Finance Minister to provide financial clearance, and we did. It includes the 59,000 teachers we have employed between now and then. It is not very true what you hear when you listen to social media always. Sometimes your judgement becomes clouded with the truth,” he added.
With the introduction of the 4-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree in 2018, in the country’s University Colleges, the Education Minister noted that “there is no teacher going to be a diploma teacher. Everyone who is coming out will get a degree.”
The conversion of Colleges of Education into University Colleges by the Akufo-Addo government, the Minister stressed, has resulted in a record number of students seeking admission.
“When they were diploma students, they spent an inordinate amount of time doing top-ups in other schools, and not concentrating in the classroom. Now, it is not a second-rate school to go to because they couldn’t get into the university. It is a choice that they have decided to make as teachers,” he said.
The Education Minister also lamented about non-training of teachers in the curriculum of Junior High Schools for some forty (40) years, with the last teacher resource pack given to teachers compiled in the 1950s.
“We have done it (training of teachers in new curriculum) this year. Things will get better. Education is such that we have to put in a huge investment before you can reap the fruits. It is not like taking your child to the hospital. That is instant. It takes time and we need patience from Ghanaians. Ghana’s education has never been as best as it is now, and it will get better,” Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh added.
MTN Bright Scholarship To Close By 17th July | Campusradar
Accra, July 11, 2019 – MTN Ghana Foundation has announced it will close entries for its Bright Scholarship program on 17th July 2019. Applications for the scholarship commenced on June 13th, 2019.
The Foundation is, therefore, urging qualified students who are yet to apply to do so before the closing date. The scholarship is opened to the first year or continuing students pursuing first-degree education in any of the public tertiary institutions in Ghana. To qualify for the MTN Bright Scholarship, students should have credit passes in six (6) subjects with an overall aggregate of 24 at the WASSCE/SSSCE.
Three of the six subjects should be core subjects; English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science or Social Studies and the other three must be in the applicants’ respective electives. Continuing students should have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0, be involved in extra-curricular activities, prove to be without any academic disciplinary issue and must not be serving a bond of good behavior.
Qualified applicants can apply through the web portal at scholarship.mtn.com.gh or visit any MTN Service Center for applications forms.
Commenting on MTN Bright Scholarship, the Corporate Services Executive of MTN, Mr. Samuel Koranteng said, “We are happy to have launched the second edition of the MTN Bright Scholarship. We are committed to providing opportunities for brilliant and needy students to have a bright future through education.”
Mr. Koranteng said, “Through the MTN Bright Scholarship, we want to ensure that under-privileged students who would have missed higher education as a result of lack of funding get to have access just like other students.”
The MTN Ghana Foundation will award 100 scholarships to students in public tertiary institutions across the country for 2019 academic year. The commencement of the MTN Bright Scholarship in 2018 was in fulfillment of a commitment MTN made to Ghanaians during the commemoration of its 20th Anniversary in 2016. During the celebrations, MTN, through the MTN Ghana Foundation promised to award a total of 300 scholarships over a period of three years. The first batch of 100 scholarships were awarded in 2018 to students in public tertiary institutions across the country.
For over 10 years, the Foundation has awarded over 1000 scholarships to students from basic school to tertiary level. Apart from the Bright Scholarship, MTN Ghana Foundation launched the Teacher Improvement Award Programme in 2015. Since the inception of that programme, 60 teachers have been awarded scholarships to pursue Bachelors or Masters Degree at the University of Cape Coast and University of Education, Winneba. The MTN Ghana Foundation continues to invest in sustainable projects aimed at improving the wellbeing of Ghanaians.
About The MTN Foundation:
The MTN Ghana Foundation was established in November 2007 as the vehicle to select and implement MTN’s Corporate Social Investments. MTN Ghana Foundation has three areas of focus -Health, Education and Economic Empowerment. From inception to December 2018, the Foundation had undertaken 142 major projects across the country. Notable health projects include: construction of a Neonatal Care Center for Tamale Teaching Hospital, refurbishment of the 2nd floor maternity block of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, construction of a maternity block for Ejisu Government Hospital, and construction of an Emergency Center for Atua Government Hospital. Education projects undertaken include: construction of a boys dormitory for Akropong School for the Blind, construction of a six-unit classroom block for Kodjonya Millennium School, establishment of 10 MTN ICT Learning Centers in each of Ghana’s 10 regions(then) and the institution of an Innovation Hub at KNUST to promote Telecoms Engineering and Research. Key projects undertaken in Economic Empowerment include: the construction of shea butter processing centers, provision of seed capital and skill training for Women of Tizaa Dini Association of Yendi and the Sung Suma Women Association of Wa.
NMSQ: Our hard work paid off – Augusco’s savior ‘Newton’
Call him the ‘saviour’ of the day and you won’t be very far from accurate.
Newton Jimmy Stephen was not the only contestant representing his school; St. Augustines College in the 2019 National Science and Maths Quiz (NMSQ) but he definitely left a mark with his ‘magic’ during the riddle and True/False stages of the competition at the two final laps of the competition.
His remarkable skills got him trending on most social media platforms particularly after the quarter final stage after he answered correctly all questions posed at him in the last two rounds of the competition.
Newton did not disappoint in the grand finale either, he got his team to carry home the new trophy and the title for the second time.
Expressing gratitude to God for Augusco’s success in the competition, he said, “We are very happy that we are victors today…We are very happy that our hard work has paid off and the Almighty God has not forsaken us”.
Nathaniel Mensah, who was stiff competition for Newton in the riddle and true/false rounds said “To some point, we are disappointed but then, it’s all good. We are going to prepare very well and come back next year. Expect nothing but the best in 2020 NSMQ”, he said.
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