The 1982 Year Group of Zion College has cut the sod to commence the construction of an ultra-modern school gate estimated at GH¢50,000 at a ceremony at Anloga in the Volta Region.
Established in 1937, the college, the first senior high school (SHS) in the region, has not seen infrastructure development over the years.
The Headmaster of the school, Mr David Kukuia, who addressed the ceremony, said the school had no assembly hall, a situation that compelled management to organise morning assemblies and most social activities under trees.
He said lack of facilities such as dormitories, teachers’ bungalows and a dining hall was a major drawback to both discipline and academic progress.
According to him, in spite of the numerous challenges faced by the school, it continued to progress academically, adding that “the school produced aggregate eight students during the 2014 and 2016 WASSCE examinations.”
He thanked the group for the support and stated that their kind gesture would go a long way to draw the attention of the larger section of the old students to also come to the aid of their alma mater.
The President of the 1982 Year Group, Mr Jonathan Azasoo, said the situation at the school had been a major concern to them and that they wanted to contribute towards the development process of the school.
He said the construction of the gate would not be the end of their support for the school and added that “the group will continue to provide the needed environment to motivate the students to discover their talents.”
He encouraged the students to take advantage of the opportunity being provided and learn hard to become useful and industrious citizens.
He assured the headmaster that the project would be completed in due time and called on other old students of the school to emulate their example.
Since its establishment, Zion College has produced prominent citizens in the country. Notable among them are a former governor of the Bank of Ghana, Mr Alex Ashiagbor; a former Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Kenneth Dzirasah; a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Ashley Lassen; Professors Amenume and Kwasiga, as well as the late Professor Kofi Awoonor.