The Board of Governors, teaching and non-teaching staff, old students and the Chiefs and people of Asuom, on Friday, launched the 50th Anniversary celebration at a colourful ceremony in Asuom.
The Chairman of the Board of Governors, Prof. Kofi Darkwa, in a goodwill message read on behalf by Mr Twumasi Ankrah, congratulated the efforts by the old students and the school administration for putting the program together and wished them a successful golden jubilee launch.
In his welcome address, the headmaster of the school, Mr Francis Koomson-Barnes said the school has numerous challenges and called on old students far and near to give the school their maximum support as they enjoyed some year back.
He added that in 1968, Asuom secondary school was a community secondary school owned and managed by Presbyterian church and Asuom community, until 1970 when it was absorbed as a public secondary school by the Busia Administration.
Mr Koomson outlined programmes that would take place during the golden jubilee anniversary which kick start in May 2019 to 1st December 2019.
He said the Grand Durbar of Speech and Prize giving day would be held on Saturday, 30th November 2019 at Asuom and an inter-denominational church service would be held on Sunday, 1st December 2019 at the school dining hall.
Some of the activities include: Clear up exercise, special football matches, inter-houses debate and other interesting programmes.
The Municipal Chief Executive of Kade, Seth Antwi Boasiako in a message read on his behalf, said, “one major issue I would like to raise is the non-availability of internet service at Asuom SHS. I know it may sound flippant to many, but we should, however, remind ourselves that today’s world is driven by information and communication technology and our children should not be seen to be lagging behind if they are able to compete with the rest of the world.”
The chairperson of the function was Hon. Gifty Klenam, former MP for Asamankese and an old student of Asuom Secondary School.
She challenged the Agric students in the school to come out with Agricultural products that would be marketable enough to the outside market to earn hard currency for Ghanaian farmers and the nation as a whole.
She called on the chiefs and elders of Asuom to engage the Minister for Communication, Hon. Ursula Owusu Ekuful, who is the Nkosuohemaa of Asuom to assist in providing internet facility at the school.
The Eastern Regional Director of Education, Monica Twumasi-Ankrah, who is also an old student of Asuom Secondary School told the students that ASEC has role models of distinguished old students.
He urged the students to learn from these old students so they should learn hard while in school. She also called on old students to give back to their schools to support the efforts of the government in providing free secondary education in the country.
The Vice President of Asecosa, the old students’ association of ASEC, Mr Mark Brako Appiah reiterated to the final year students that “your successes will take this school very far. But you and your families are the major beneficiaries of your successes. You need to work hard to pass all your papers. With commitment, discipline and studious lifestyle you’ll make it. We are ready to welcome you into our fold and we hope that you will go through all your exams with flying colours”.
Mrs Helena Adu Gyamfi, an old student, led fundraising at the launch and yielded an amount of about ₵20,000 to support the smooth organization of the golden jubilee of ASEC.