The Krobo Girls’ Senior High School at Odumase Krobo in the Eastern Region has launched its 90th anniversary.
The climax of the celebration, on the theme: “Achieving Excellence in Girls’ Education: The Role of the Stakeholder,” is slated for March 2017.
A series of activities have been lined up ahead of the anniversary. These include a health walk up the Aburi Mountains and a dinner dance and a fund-raising event.
Launching the event in Accra, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Mr Seth Terkper, called on old students of the school to continually support the school to achieve its mission of delivering quality and holistic girl-child education based on the Presbyterian discipline and traditions.
He said the school had produced students who had immensely contributed to many sectors of the economy where they had been employed.
“Krobo Girls continues to be a centre of academic excellence and continues to be competitive. Therefore, I want to urge the alumni to continue to support the school,” he said.
Mr Terkper pledged the government’s continuous support for the school through the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund).
He also commended the Presbyterian Church for its social interventions in girl-child education.
Celebration of excellence
In a speech read on her behalf, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, congratulated the school on the achievements chalked up over the years, and urged the school authorities to continue to raise their academic and social image to enable the school to maintain her status as a centre of excellence.
Nana Lithur described the 90th anniversary as a celebration of excellence and confidence in an educational institute. she also urged stakeholders to continually invest in the students by providing good counselling and mentorship programmes that would keep them in school.
“Although significant achievements have been recorded in the past years, we as stakeholders must strive to keep our girls in school. We must focus on their performance in the school and transition into the various tertiary institutions so that they can continue to raise the image of our cherished school,” she said.
She pointed out that “as stakeholders, we can also employ mentors or social mobilisers who can act as models, counsellors and advocates of these girls. In addition, they will also provide emotional support and guidance to help these girls on their individual journeys”.
The President of the Krobo Old Girls Association (KOGA), Madam Comfort Kyerewaa Acheampong, called on old students to use the occasion to pause and reflect on the 90-year journey that the school had gone through, in line with its vision and mission.
“Our celebration is not so much a festivity... It is a moment to look ahead at the mountains we must still climb. So today we pay homage to the founding mothers. In the coming weeks and months we will reflect on how faithful we have been to their vision and ideals,” she noted.
Krobo Girls’ Senior High School was founded by female Scottish Missionaries in March 1927, as a Middle School for girls. A two-year teacher training college for women was added to the girls school in 1944 on experimental basis under the accelerated plan of the government.
The College was then constituted a Certificate B Teacher Training College for women in 1951 under the management of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.
In 1962, the two-year teacher training college was changed to a four-year certificate A Teacher Training College for women and in September 1973, the Krobo Girls Middle School was phased out while the training college was converted to a girls secondary school, under the consolidation of Teacher Education Programme by the Ministry of Education.