OWASS is my alma mater and today marks a very important milestone in the history of one of Ghana’s stalwart in quality education.
60 years ago today,on 28th February 1952, about 60 young boys gathered at the forecourt of St. Peter’s Cathedral,Kumasi, between 9am and midday. There they waited to be bussed to their new school, a Catholic institution at Fankyenebra.
They were as diverse from each other as they were united in their excitement at being pioneers for this new school.
Their headmaster, Father P. R Burgess, an Oxford graduate, a retired army major and a native of Ireland, turned up at exactly 12.30pm, driving the school truck himself. He was tall, probably in his mid-forties, with a protruding forehead and deeply set, piercing blue eyes.
Because each student had more than one box, Father had to do two trips. Finally, by 4.30pm, all the boys were settled in. Their new home was St. Paul House, and the former art and music room served as their dining hall, assembly hall and classroom. Father lived in the flat at St. Paul House, which also served as his office.
From the humble beginnings in the desolate clearing in that virgin bush, those pioneers-headmaster, staff and students, battled hard to lay the building blocks of that institution we are all proud of today.
So I invite you all to spare a moment today to those men of valour, raise a glass to their name and honour their memory with gratitude.
Happy birthday, OWASS!!
Rodney Nkrumah Boateng
The president of the nation is billed to deliver the State of the nation address. A colleague who is undertaking his national service as a Government teacher in a Senior High School in the Central region decides to give his students a real picture of the things he has been teaching them. He arranges for them to watch the state of the nation address live on a large screen. After the whole ceremony, he gives them an assignment.
What is your general observation of the state of the nation address?
Below are some of the responses the teacher received from his students.
Student A :
This is my first time of watching such a program. I would say it was generally okay. I however had a little difficulty catching all the words of the president due to the excessive noise in the house. Next, time there is such an important event, I wish there would be a little decorum so that those of us watching on TV can enjoy the program as well.
After the whole program, I think my class which is tagged as the most notorious class in our school is more disciplined than some or most of our MPs. The fact that the speaker was screaming ‘ORDER’ on top of her voice and no one would listen portrays a gross level of disrespect for authority inside the law-making house.
I am more than motivated to become a member of parliament. I can’t wait to get there and be singing ‘woyome woyome’ on top of my voice. I first thought Parliament was all about law and legal arguments. That discouraged me earlier. Now that I know I can exhibit my singing and ‘jama-leading’ talent without anyone stopping me, PARLIAMENT OF GHANA, here I come.
I learnt a lot from the event. I learnt all the a state of the nation address is about. I also learnt that our ‘honourable’ MPs are not always honourable.
It was generally a nice program packed with many funny moments. I had wanted to make a detailed analysis of the president’s speech but I must confess that I was distracted several times by the noise-making in the house. At least, I learnt a few things about the workings of parliament. A little discipline on the part of our MPs will help us next time.
These are the individual observations of students of Government of a national event held in the Parliament house of a country touted by many pundits as the first-born of democracy in Africa. If these observations of Senior High school students are true reflections of what went on, then a lot needs to be done in terms of general conduct of our MPs and other public officials especially at events of this nature which are normally broadcasted to the whole world.