The 1982-year group of the Saint Augustine’s Past Student’s Union (APSU) has signed a contract to refurbish the school’s staff block.
The initiative signed in Accra last Friday forms part of the year group’s activities to mark their 40th anniversary since they left the school.
The Vice-President of the ‘82-year group, J.B. Koranteng-Yorke, said the initiative was the year group’s contribution towards the government’s effort in trying to lift education in the country.
“We cannot sit back and expect the government to do everything and so this is our widow’s mite to contribute to what the government is already doing,” he said.
He added that in previous years, most year groups had done a lot of projects for the students, which was helping build a conducive atmosphere for learning but the apartment of the staff also needed to be taken care of.
It was in that vein, Mr Koranteng-Yorke said, that his year group decided to refurbish the headmaster and staff bungalows.
The Headmaster of the school, Henry Arthur-Gyan, in his response, said he was delighted about the initiative of the year group.
“I don’t know what to say because I am delighted and for a very long time, we have been looking out for this project,” he said.
He explained that most of the time, projects that came to the school benefitted only students a situation, which made some staff complain as they also needed some help.
“And as head of administration, I always get staff members complaining that it is both teaching, non-teaching and students that make a school. Why do the old students, concentrate on students alone? Then thankfully 82-year group came in,” he said.
Mr Arthur-Gyan added that it was important for all school alumni to contribute to the development of their schools as the government’s contribution was not enough.
He said that while they contributed to the well-being of the students, they should also look out for the staff of the schools and improve their accommodation to motivate them to maintain and improve the discipline in the school.
“So in short, I want to say that we are very grateful to APSU 82-year group for such a wonderful project and we are praying that more will come on board,” he added.
The National President of APSU and Board Chairman of the school, Dr Anthony Osei, said the board was grateful to the year group for taking up the projects.
“This is a pat on your back and also it is to teach other year groups that this is what ‘82 has achieved. And we will like to encourage all the other year groups to take a cue from this,” he said.