The Volta Regional Director of Education, Enyonam Afi Amafuga has implored teachers and management of second cycle schools to look out for early signs of occultism and homosexual acts among students.

According to her, this would help nib the act, which is showing its head in the Ghanaian society, in the bud at an early age. 

She was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of a newly constituted board for the Awudome Senior High School at Tsito in the Ho West District of the Volta Region.

“We keep quiet over them but they are going on. If such matters come to us, we have to handle them with care because we want to curb them. We wouldn’t want it to stay among our students”, she said. 

She urged the new board members to carefully study the Board’s constitution and guidelines to avoid interfering with the legitimate functions of the headmaster. 

Madam Amafuga, furthermore, lamented on the schools dwindling performance in the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and implored the board to identify the causes and find solutions to enhance students’ performance. 

She indicated that “may I charge the new board to look at this issue critically and take bold steps to ensure the general performance of Awudome SHS rises to a level we can all be very proud of in the immediate future.”

She, however, advised the students to “strive hard to succeed” and not waste time on irrelevant things which they will regret in the future. 

She commended the AWUSCO Parent Teacher Association on its commitment and contribution to the development of the school and implored their counterparts to emulate same.

The Headmaster of AWUSCO, Courage Meteku, lauded the role of the outgoing board in improving infrastructure and other ancillary facilities on the campus. 

He outlined the introduction of a virtual learning platform, construction of a 6 unit classroom block, furnishing of boys’ dormitory, internet connectivity, use of a computerized siren, introduction of biometric time and attendance clock, renovation of some existing structures among others as projects undertaken by the board. 

He, however, indicated there is still much to be done to augment academic activities to ameliorate students’ performance, and implored the board to consider formulating a 5-year strategic plan for the school.

“The school needs the following to scale to the next level. A two-story flat to house 16 staff members, two well furnish ICT laboratory, a pickup, a 64 seater bus, 2 12 unit water closet toilet facilities, a plant to rely on during power outages, about 500 student beds, and 500 classroom tables and chairs, completion of fence wall and P.T.A dining hall project”, he said. 

Tsyofo of Noni Tsito, Togbe Kwadzokpo who spoke on behalf of the Tsito Traditional Area, urged the school authorities to prioritize counseling of the students to guide and prevent them from engaging in immoral acts which will jeopardize their future.

A member of the newly constituted board, Geoffrey J. Bissi, assured of the board’s commitment to improving the state of infrastructure and academic performance of the school.

The Awudome Senior High School (AWUSCO) situated in Tsito in the Ho West District was founded in 1963 by the Tsito Native Teachers Association.

The school which was established in a story-building and workshop with 8 students now has 2,371 students with a staff strength of 185. 

It runs General Science, Agriculture Science, General Arts, Business, Home Economics, and Visual arts.