A research fellow at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIR), Dr Evelyn Yayra Bonney, has advised students to manage their time properly while in school, since that will offer them a positive step to excel in life.
She noted that time was a non-renewable resource which needed to be managed efficiently to excel in life, pointing out that failure to do so would have dire consequences for their future aspirations.
Dr Bonney observed that most students wasted too much of their time on unnecessary issues that did not add value to their lives and, therefore, grew up without achieving their goals.
She gave the advice in an address she delivered as the guest of honour at the 63rd Speech and Prize-giving Day of the Ola Girls Senior High School (SHS) on the theme: “Striving for excellence, empowered by holistic education.”
Dr Bonney noted that Ghanaians had bad time management culture for which reason they tended to waste a lot of time disguised as ‘Ghana time’, stressing that; “Your time is your life so if you waste it, you have wasted your life.”
She said excellence was not reserved for a selected few in society but attainable by anyone anywhere who strived for it, and urged the students to plan towards the attainment of their goals.
The Speech and Prize-giving Day, sponsored by the 1991/93 year group, was to honour hardworking and deserving staff and students who excelled in their various fields of endeavour.
Success of the school
According to the Headmistress of the school, Mrs Benedicta Afesi, the school’s academic records kept on improving from year to year, indicating that; “Again we scored 100 per cent in the 2015/16 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).”
The Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Letsa, said the government had redefined basic education to include SHS, vocational, agricultural and technical schools and made it available for free on a universal basis to all Ghanaians starting from September this year.
He called on citizens to embrace “this vital strategy of empowering our children so that the country can be a truly great one”.
In a speech read on his behalf, the Regional Director of Education, Mr Alex Buadi, observed that Ola Girls had become a toast of girls in secondary education due to its outstanding performance. He commended the school for its annual speech and prize-giving day which he said had contributed to its academic success.