The First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has commended the Ridge Church School (RCS) for its efforts at raising "outstanding citizens of our dear country" throughout its 60 years of existence.
She attributed the current standard of the school to the commitment of the management to instil discipline and impart values to its students.
At the Speech and Prize-Giving Day ceremony as part of activities to mark the 60th anniversary of the school in Accra last Saturday, Mrs Akufo-Addo applauded both the past and present leaders of the school for their various contributions towards the growth of RCS.
She particularly singled out the efforts of past heads- Mrs Ellen Stronge, Mrs Doreen Warman and Mrs Gladys Osae Addo- for contributing immensely to the success of the school.
“All of these heads, with their teaching and non- teaching staff and with the support of the church, have in diverse ways contributed immensely to make the school one of the best in the country,” she said.
Mrs Akufo-Addo said most of the outstanding men and women she had had the privilege of meeting were people who attended RCS.
The theme for the ceremony was “Six Decades of Christian Education: Thanks be to God!”
In her address, the headmistress of the school, Mrs Efua Dake, said she was grateful to all who had contributed in diverse ways to make the school what it was today.
She commended the efforts of some old students of the school for embarking on activities aimed at helping to improve on what they left behind.
“This year, we have seen some old students who consistently participated in activities directed at raising funds for the school. We have had the 1992, 1995, 2002 year groups, as well as many old Ridgeans [Alumni of the school] in their individual capacities, make valuable contributions to the school. They have demonstrated the biblical principle that to whom much is given, much is expected,” Mrs Dake said.
She, however, called on all to assist of the school to construct classrooms for subjects such as Visual Arts, Ghanaian Language and Music.
Among the other needs of the school, Mrs Drake said, were an alternate source of power, preferably solar panels and a generator, as well as the refurbishment of the science laboratory.
Mrs Dake said the school, which was started with single storey units under the leadership of Mrs Ellen Stronge, could now boast a number of buildings with multiple floors.
“From a single block, Ridge Church School now has 30 classrooms from kindergarten to JHS,” she said.
Touching on enrolment, she said the school started with 33 pupils but now had 990 learners, out of which 465 were boys and 525 were girls. She added that the school now had a total of 87 teaching and non-teaching staff.
A Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in the Central Region, Dr Linda Forde, who was the guest speaker, advocated the need for teachers to be paid well considering the fact that they spend their entire life in the upbringing of children.”
“As a country, our greatest resource is not gold. Neither is it cocoa nor oil. It is our children. I believe that in a very unique way, the future of our country lies largely in the hands of classrooms teachers. Teachers should be among the highest paid professionals in the world,” she said.