Seikwa is one of the towns in the Brong Ahafo Region located in the Tain District (Constituency), the district which became a household name during the second run-off of the 2008 general election because it was the constituency which decided the eventual winner of the presidential poll.
It is the hometown of the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, and other prominent people.
As a new district, Tain, like others in the country, lacks a lot of social amenities but what is unknown to many is the quality of the Nkoranman Senior High School (NKOSEC) at Seikwa which can be classified as one of the best second cycle educational institutions in the country, in terms of infrastructure, academic performance and environmental cleanliness.
A first-time visitor to NKOSEC, as it is popularly referred to, will be amazed by its beautiful infrastructure.
With all the buildings and walls painted in light blue and off-white colours, coupled with well-kept lawns and tarred roads in a clean environment, NKOSEC can be the envy of famous schools such as Achimota, Prempeh, Adisadel, St Louis, Opoku Ware, St Augustines, St Monica’s, Holy Child, Mfantsipim and Accra Academy, among other such institutions.
The school was founded by Mr Asiedu Nketiah on November 4, 1989 in fulfilment of a promise he made when he ran as the first assembly member of the Abourso Adantase Electoral Area of Seikwa with a student population of 85, made up of 71 boys and 14 girls.
According to him, he obtained a temporary appointment to teach at the Nafana Secondary School at Sampa which was established through the initiative of the people.
He explained that the opportunity helped him to learn more about the processes involved in establishing and running a community day secondary school.
“When I promised to establish a secondary school for Seikwa within 12 months of my election to the Wenchi District Assembly, therefore, I clearly knew what I was talking about,” he stated in his book titled, “My experiments with community development – The case study of Nkoranman Secondary School.”
The school was started in a maize warehouse of the Nkoranman Rural Bank at the Seikwa Weekly Market under an interim management committee, headed by Mr Andrew Tawiah with Messrs J.A Nketiah, C.A Duah, Fred Annan and Reverend J.E. Dwommir as members on September 10, 1989.
“About seven of the structures you see here were built through the sweat and toil of the people, the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs)”, a proud Mr Asiedu Nketiah said during the inauguration of a four-unit teachers’ quarters named after him during a ceremony at Seikwa last Friday.
With several classroom blocks, administration block, library, ICT centre, bungalows for teachers, a very spacious assembly hall, dining hall, water facility and an electricity generating plant, NKOSEC has the necessary infrastructure needed for a modern second cycle educational institution to succeed.
With the inauguration of the GH¢400,000 four-unit Johnson Asiedu Nketiah Jubilee Bungalow constructed from a fund set up during the 25th anniversary celebration of the school two years ago, among other funds sought by the founder, 36 out of the 70 teachers of the school are living comfortably on the compound to teach, and supervise the students .
“NKOSEC is noted as one of the best second cycle educational institutions in the country and the best in the Tain District. In terms of academic achievements, the previous WASSCE results show that majority of the products are good quality students,” The Tain District Director of Education Naa Francis Chelekuu Sigdey II, said.
He added that the school could even admit about 1,000 more students to support the government’s free SHS programme come next September.
In his address, Mr Asiedu Nketiah stated that no community could depend solely on the government for its total development needs, and, therefore, called on Ghanaians to mobilise themselves and provide some of their social needs.
“We should all leave a legacy that we can be remembered for by the society instead of struggling to bequeath our families with personal properties”, he stated.
Mr Asiedu Nketiah challenged the school to establish a poultry and crop farm project to support the feeding of the students.
He promised to provide a mower for the maintenance of the school’s environment once the landscaping exercise had been completed.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Tain, Madam Charity Akua Foriwaa Dwommor, commended Mr Asiedu Nketiah for his efforts and pledged to add on to the infrastructure in the school to improve on the student intake.
For his part, the headmaster of the school, Mr Joseph Abudu, stated that the school with a student population of 2,300, was currently running the Home Economics, General Science, Visual Arts, General Agriculture, General Arts and Business programmes.
He appealed to the government to provide the school with a new bus since the monthly maintenance of the old one was draining the coffers of the school.
The Chairman of the Board of Governors of the school, Dr Jarvis Reginald Agyeman-Badu, commended Mr Asiedu Nketiah for the efforts he had put in over the years to make the school one of the best not only in the region but the country.
He admonished the students to take advantage of the excellent facilities and teachers in the school to prepare themselves adequately to face future challenges.
“You have no reason to fail with all these excellent facilities and human resource at your disposal,” he stated.