The 1992 Year Group of the Achimota Secondary School has refurbished the school’s Physics Laboratory and stocked it with science equipment, as part of its contribution to creating a conducive environment for academic work at the Science Department.
Speaking at a brief ceremony to hand over the facility to the school’s authorities in Accra last Thursday, the President of the year group, Mr Horace Tetteh, said it was part of their effort to create an enabling environment for the students.
Aside from the refurbishment, the year group also provided the school with some science equipment that would aid students in their practical science lessons.
The equipment are 80 retort stand mild steel, 80 retort stand base, 16 square box, 20 Philip Harris Digital Voltmeter, 20 prism glass, 50 meter rule hardwood numbered, 2 thermometers, 50 textbooks, high resolution overhead projector and projector screen, among other items.
Mr Tetteh said the facility would make a positive impact on the students’ academic performance, adding that; “Providing an enabling environment increases the performance level of students and helps them excel in examination.’’
He said the initiative was part of their contributions to advance science and technology in the country, stressing that; “A couple of factors influence students’ performance, and providing a right learning environment and the right tool for learning is necessary.”
Mr Tetteh said the year group would continue to undertake projects at the school to enable students to continue to excel academically, and appealed to other year groups to also support the school.
The Headmistress of the school, Mrs Beatrice Adom, expressed gratitude to the 1992 year group for its contributions to improving the science laboratory as there had been the challenge of lack of equipment to enhance easy learning.
Mrs Adom, however, mentioned encroachment by individuals on the school’s land because the school did not have a wall as a major challenge confronting the school, pointing out that due to the problem, security had become a problem as students and staff were at risk of losing their lives.
“All kinds of people enter the school without any form of notice and do things that scare us,” she said.
She, therefore, called on the government, old students and other stakeholders to come to the aid of the school by assisting in the erection of fence walls to ensure that students and staffs were safe.
The Senior Girls’ Prefect - Achimota School, Miss Lois Yaya Bansah, said the school was grateful to the year group for its contribution and appealed to the other year groups to assist the school in providing an enabling learning environment for students.