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Intensify girl-child education - Headmistress

BY: Ezekiel E. Sottie
Betty Aduhene-Chinbuah, the Headmistress of Adukrom Senior High School, addressing the gathering
Betty Aduhene-Chinbuah, the Headmistress of Adukrom Senior High School, addressing the gathering

The Headmistress of the Adukrom Senior High Technical School, Mrs Bernice Noel Mensah-Akutteh, has called on all stakeholders to help increase enrolment of the girl-child in school to ensure inclusive development in society.

She noted that in spite of the successes made so far in promoting girl-child education, some communities in the country continued to discriminate against girl-child enrolment and refused to see it as a key factor for girls’ empowerment, prosperity, development and welfare.

“An additional year of primary school a girl attends potentially increases her future wages between 10 and 20 per cent. Previously, it was believed that girls were only required to take on the role of mothers and do only housework, but it should not be so now,” Mrs Mensah-Akutteh said.

She was speaking at the climax of the 95th anniversary of the Krobo Girls’ Senior High School (SHS) on Saturday, March 26, 2022.

The event was on the theme: “Celebrating 95 Years of Girl-Child Education for Self-Sustenance; The Krobo Girls’ Story.”

Some dignitaries who graced the occasion included the Member of Parliament (MP) for Lower Manya Krobo, Ebenezer Okletey Terlabi; the Municipal Chief Executive for Lower Manya Krobo, Simon Kwaku Tetteh; the Board Chairman of the school, Samuel Ofori Agyei; the President of the Krobo Girls’ Old Students Association (KOGA), Catherine Tagoe; the Chairperson of the Dangme-Tongu Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev. Abraham Okai, and the General Manager of the Presbyterian Schools in Eastern Region, Rosamund Amoako Apenteng.

Impact of the school

Mrs Mensah-Akutteh, who is an old student of the school, said Krobo Girls’ SHS had produced a number of prominent and well-meaning professionals who were contributing to national development.

“Our story is a rich one as far as educating the girl-child is concerned. Indeed, celebrating 95 years of girl-child education for self-sustenance is a reality and indeed Krobo Girls’ has a story to tell from the theme for the celebration,” she contended.

Challenges

The Headmistress of the school, Mrs Betty Aduhene-Chinbuah, also praised KOGA, the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and the board of directors of the school for assisting the school in many ways, including development projects.

Touching on the challenges, she said the only bus serving the school had broken down, compelling the school to rely on other schools for transportation.

In addition, Mrs Aduhene-Chinbuah said the school also needed a field for sporting activities to help improve the performance of students during inter-schools sporting competitions.

Donation

The Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), Rev. Dr Godwin Odonkor, who represented the moderator of the PCG, presented GH¢20,000 to the school, while the Konor of the Manya Krobo Traditional Area, Nene Sakite II, also donated 100 bags of cement towards development projects.