The Krobo Girls’ Presbyterian Senior High School at Odumase Krobo in the Eastern Region has attained a grade ‘A’ status. This classification for SHSs is based primarily on the academic performance of students with grade ‘A’ as the highest and grade ‘D’ the lowest.
The school’s attainment of a grade ‘A’ status is, among others, due to its academic performance which had always been above 90 per cent passes, and in some years, 100 per cent at the final examinations.
Apart from that, its infrastructure, especially classrooms and dormitories, had also witnessed significant improvement and the school currently boasts an assembly hall with a seating capacity of 3,000.
Announcing this at the school’s 87th Speech and Prize-giving Day at Odumase Krobo last Saturday, the headmistress, Ms Cecilia Obenewa Appiah, said it was not surprising that the school had attained the highest status in senior high education since its students had over the years performed creditably at the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
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She said in 2013, the school registered a 100-per cent pass in the WASSCE, and also excelled in areas such as reading, debate, quiz and sporting competitions at both regional and national levels.
Such credible performance of the students, Ms Obenewa Appiah stated, had made it possible for about 98 per cent of the students gaining admission to the universities and other tertiary educational institutions, coming out as medical doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, academics and other professionals.
The school also enjoys an exchange programme outside Ghana with the support of JICA under which, some of the students get the opportunity to travel to Japan to broaden their horizon.
In spite of its achievements, the school, which currently has a student population of 1,890 made up of 761 in the first year, 675 in the second year and 454 in the final year, is beset with a myriad of challenges.
Water storage facility
These include lack of a water storage facility, which often results in shortage of water, inadequate sanitary facilities, poor drainage systems and poor state of the school kitchen, while construction works on the dining hall which started in 1974 had not been completed.
Also, the school does not have a sports field and only 30 of the 160 teaching staff members are housed on the school compound, which hitherto had not been fenced, forcing the school to use its own resources for the construction of a school wall.
Dr (Mrs) Harriet Narkie Amui, the Principal of the Presbyterian College of Education, Aburi, who was the guest speaker, dwelt on discipline and asked students, teachers and parents to play their expected roles in educating and moulding the character of the students to attain academic heights to become good citizens.
Prizes were presented to students who distinguished themselves in the various subject areas with Miss Morton Elizabeth Naa Abiana, a final year student, adjudged the overall best, receiving prizes in Integrated Science, Elective Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Social Science.