Despite this crucial role played by the school in contributing to the development of the country’s human resources, the educational facility by way of currently facing many problems, making it difficult to provide a better learning environment for students.
Speaking at the launch of the 50th anniversary celebration at Bawku, on the theme: “The Search for peaceful co-existence to promote quality education”, the school’s headmaster, Mr Bismarck Simon Kpuli, appealed to the government and old students to address infrastructure deficiencies and other challenges inhibiting the smooth running of the school.
Mr Kpuli said at 50, the school lacked staff bungalows, dormitories, library, ICT and Science and assembly hall, among others, due to increase in enrolment.
He lauded the Parent-Teacher Association for the numerous assistance to the school, including funding the construction of a wall to secure the boundaries of the school, which has prevented the encroachment of school lands and helped to improve discipline in the school, as well financing on yearly basis an academic improvement programme to the tune of about GH¢45,000 each year.
He said despite the challenges, the school's academic performance had been excellent. For three years running, it has scored 100 per cent passes in the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The Paramount Chief of Bawku, Nana Asigri Azoka Abugrago II, praised the school authorities for working hard under trying conditions to maintain an enviable academic record, particularly during the trying periods of the Bawku conflict. He also called for the restoration of the name of the school to its previous name, Azoka Senior High School, to preserve memory of the then Bawku Naba who assisted in securing a land for the school.
The second Headmaster of the School, Mr Robert A. Ajene, who chaired the function, advised the current students to be discipline and concentrate on their studies in order to achieve their objective of being in school.
The Municipal Chief Executive for Bawku, Mr Musah Abdulai, a former student, said the need for more infrastructure would receive government’s attention, namely a modern administration block, dormitories, dining hall assembly hall and sanitation facilities. He disclosed that currently, two blocks of flats for the teaching staff were under construction and expressed the hope that it would greatly improve staff accommodation.
Story by Benjamin Xornam Glover