Vice president Paa Kwasi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur has unveiled a bust in honour of his father, Mr.Jabish Richmond Amissah-Arthur, a former headmaster of the Oda Secondary School at Akyem-Oda in the Eastern Region.
Mr.Jabish Richmond Amissah-Arthur served as the second and longest serving headmaster of the school from September 1961 to December, 1977.
He is said to be the headmaster who ensured that the school chalked excellent performance in every field of endeavour during his reign.
Well-wishers, friends and close family relations were present to grace the occasion which climaxed the 54th speech and prize-giving day of the school.
Current headmaster of the school, Mr.Francis K.Appiah, enumerated a number of challenges confronting the school.
He mentioned the lack of boys-dormitory, swift healthcare delivery, untarred roads which have resulted in plumes of dust polluting classrooms from constant vehicular traffic and the lack of a fence wall.
The headmaster also lamented the poor state of the bridge over the River Birim which connects the school to other parts of the Oda township.
He however, acknowledged the immense support which government the Parents Teacher Association (PTA) and other stakeholders have provided the school.
‘’The school’s performance in the WASSCE from 2011 has been very good. In 2011, the school presented four hundred and ninety-seven candidates and out of that the school had a hundred percent pass. There is indeed improvement in passes at the WASSCE level and a lot of credit goes to the students themselves for the hard work they put in’’, he stated.
An appeal court Judge, Her Ladyship Justice Cecilia Sowah, and a younger sister to the vice president, who was the guest speaker, bemoaned indiscipline among the youth and the society in general.
‘’The get- rich attitude at all cost attitude are the consequences of the general indiscipline, disrespect for law and order, rioting and rowdiness in schools at the least provocation. Negative influence from all forms of media, drug abuse, alcoholism, pre-marital sex, prostitution, indecent dressing, cyber fraud, and occultism are the modern day challenges facing educators’’. She lamented.
Her Ladyship Justice Cecilia Sowah entreated students to embrace acts that are geared towards discipline.
‘’ Discipline is one of the bedrocks upon which excellence and successes in many fields of endeavor is engineered. It is sad that a section of the youth of today do not even want to hear the word discipline. You mention discipline in a room-full or in a place like this, full of young people and you are assured of nervousness. Teenagers don’t want to be reminded about rules of conduct or even the act of punishing. The last thing they want to be reminded of is how those in authority must at times punish them in order to gain control or enforce obedience’’, she stated.