Students of Accra New Town Experimental Junior High School (ANT JHS) have been advised to learn hard and excel in academic work as their contribution to projecting the image of the school. They have also been urged to ensure that they return after graduation to motivate their juniors to ensure that the institution remains the best.
President of the 1997 batch of the Old Accra New Town Experimental School Association, Prince Kudjo Agbomadzi, gave the advice on Friday, May 14, 2021, when he led his year group to donate some study materials and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) worth GHc 22,000 to the school. It is their contribution to ensuring that the school progresses academically while the students and teachers keep observing all notable protocols against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The items include 1,800 pieces of Exercise Books, 18 pieces of Teachers Note Books, 600 pieces of Rulers, and 600 pieces of BIC Pens. The rest include 18,000 pieces of Face mask, 10 pieces of Dispensers, Three gallons of Hand Sanitizers, Four gallons of Liquid Soaps, and 150 packs of Tissue papers, among others.
The Association which was formed and officially launched in 2018 with Israel Nornyibey as its first president has the objective of mobilizing resources in various forms to support the school while assisting the students to improve on their academic performance, among others.
Agbomadzi, told the gathering which was made up of teachers, parents, administrative staff, past students, final year students and some invited dignitaries, that, the association has a responsibility of mentoring all the students in their academic work and in whatever career field they would chose to pursue.
“This is not the first or the last time we are going to be donating to the school. Consider this as the beginning of greater things to come. We are doing this as an example to you, so that in the near future when you also complete school and you become successful you’ll also come back to help your juniors,” he stated.
He noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted a lot of educational institutions which is why the Associations decided to lend its support to give hope to the teachers and students of ANT JHS.
Vice president of the Association, Benjamin Quashie, who is resident in South Africa but came down purposely to support the presentation ceremony, lamented the poor infrastructure housing the school.
“When we were graduating from this school in 1997, thus 24 years ago, the infrastructure of the school status was far better than what we are seeing here today. There is a lot we need to do for this school so that it can be in a better situation to compete,” he stated.
He promised to lead the school’s infrastructural transformation charge.
The Honorable Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ayensuano constituency in the Eastern Region, Teddy Addy, who was the special guest of honor at the short function, advised the students to always put God first in all that they do.
“I am a living testimony of God’s favor. I went through a lot of challenges in life, but with humility and God on my side I am an MP today. The first principle of success in life is to trust in God. I urge you to take your books serious. Don’t be in competition with anyone, be ready to help everyone because you may also need help one day. Help each other, respect your teachers, and see them as your parents. Be humble,” he stated.
Samuel Aboah, who represented the Ayawaso Central Municipal Director of Education said the move by the association was very thoughtful and a good example worth emulating. He pledged the directorate’s support to all activities of the group.
Receiving the items on behalf of the school, the Headmaster, Emmanuel Nyavor, who was extremely excited at the move, commended the past students highly for appreciating the contribution of the school to their careers.
He revealed an initiative by the management of the school to meet with the various stakeholders over plans to position the school as the best in the Ayawaso Central. To that effect, the school will soon initiate a Speech and Prize Giving Day to recognize the contributions and hard work of pupils and staff.
He also announced plans to purchase a Brass Band for the school as well as introduce a Cadet Corps to boost the school’s performance in non-academic activities as well.
Other executives of the 1997 Year Group of the Accra Newtown Experimental JHS present are: Vida Asare Oppong – Secretary, Golda Danso Hope – Deputy Secretary, Joyce Sandra Bokpe – Treasurer, Esther Ababio – Deputy Treasurer, Edwin Agyiri – Organizer, Ransford Etse Amaglo – Deputy Organizer, Richard Sly Deladem – International and Media Relations Officer, Abigail Mensa-Kena, Benjamin Appiah Darko and Bernice Hotor-Bibio – Welfare.