Achimota Basic School holds 59th Speech and Prize-giving Day

BY: Salma Abdullah & Agnes Asare
Some students of the Achimota Basic School in a cultural performance.
Some students of the Achimota Basic School in a cultural performance.

The Achimota Basic School has held its 59th Speech and Prize-giving Day with a call on students not to use drugs to aid them in their studies because it can damage their brain.

 A former Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Prof Agyemang Badu Akosa, who made the call noted that studying without drugs was the perfect path to academic excellence.

“If you think of abusing drugs such as tramadol then you are not doing yourselves, your parents and this school any good because it can adversely affect your future. You need to aim high, dream big and work hard to have a bright future,” he added.

Prof. Akosa, who was the guest speaker, and spoke on the theme: “Learning Without Drugs: The Perfect Path To Academic Excellence,” advised the students to make the best use of their time in the school which had some of the best teachers in the country to help them to excel academically.

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The Headmistress of the school, Mrs Edith N.D. Kyeremanteng, urged parents to partner the school in preparing the students adequately to excel in their examinations.

“Although our school is a public school, we are determined to pursue the vision of our founding fathers which is to produce a well-rounded individual whose mind, heart and hand has been developed to serve the human resource needs of our dear nation,” she said.

She pleaded with parents who had discouraged their children from joining groups such as the Scripture Union, Red Cross, Debate Club, among others, to rethink their decision because their activities helped to mould the lives of children.

The Member of Parliament for Okaikoi North, Mr Fuseini Issah, promised to ensure that the school’s dining hall was renovated.

The President of the 1987 year group of the school, Mr Cecil Mensah, said the theme for the speech day was chosen as a result of the rise in the use of drugs by students nationwide.

“I think Akoras can confirm that this school reflects the dynamic multi-cultural mix of the world. We all come from different backgrounds but the solid foundation of this school moulded us and shaped our thinking to coexist and develop,” he added.