The new Headmaster of the Swedru School of Business (SWESBUS), Mr Justice Kojo Frimpong, has indicated his commitment to ensure high level of discipline among the staff and students to achieve academic excellence in the school.
He said management would instill discipline in the school by taking punitive disciplinary actions against those found to have misconducted themselves, pointing out that punctuality on the part of both staff and students would be championed to enhance academic performance.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic in an exclusive interview at Agona Swedru after he assumed office in September this year, Mr Frimpong, who is the first old student to occupy the position, said he was highly elated to be given such an opportunity to serve his alma mater, saying his new portfolio was a great honour done him.
He was transferred to the school to take over from Mr Samuel Afrifa Appiagyei, who went on compulsory retirement in September this year.
Mr Frimpong, who assumed office as the 10th substantive headmaster of the school, had already headed the Gyaase Senior High School, the Moree SHS and the Mando Senior High Technical School (MANSEC).
He completed SWESBUS in 1984 for his Ordinary Level certificate, proceeded to the Swedru Senior High School (SWESCO) for his Advance Level certificate in 1986, then to the University of Cape Coast for his Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences.
He currently holds a master’s degree in School Supervision from the University of Education, Winneba(UEW).
Unity for development
He also spoke about the need to maintain unity among management and staff, saying that was a major step to attain growth for the benefit of the school.
He said that ‘in order for SWESBUS to achieve its desired progress, the new management will operate an all hands on deck administration to bring everybody on board to contribute their quota towards the school’s progress.
Touching on infrastructure, Mr Frimpong pointed out that four major Ghana Education Trust Fund (GetFund) projects under construction in the school have all been stalled for some years, explaining that two dormitories for both boys and girls and a dining and assembly hall projects have been abandoned and that posed serious infrastructure challenges to the school.
He said the absence of adequate dormitories had compelled most of the students to stay in rented hostels around the school with its attendant consequences on their academic performance.
He, therefore, appealed to the government to take steps to ensure that the projects are completed and also called for the PTA’s support in that respect.
SWESBUS, which started at Dunkwa-On-Offin by the late Joseph Essel, a native of Enyan Denkyira was later moved to Saltpond and later to Gomoa Aboso near Agona Swedru in 1959 as the Speedwriting Secretarial School.
Its mandate was to train students in clerical and office practice, particularly typing in order to fill secretarial opportunities created by commercial firms. However, in 1967, the school was taken over by the government and the name changed to the Swedru School of Business.
In 1975, the school was moved to its present site at Nkubem on the Otaapriw road at Agona Swedru and runs courses such as General Arts, Business, Agricultural Science, General Science Visual Arts and Home Economics.