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Students gathered on the school's compound to observe their speech and prize giving day

Bukunor Junction M/A Basic School Holds First Speech and Prize Giving Day

The Speech and Prize Giving Ceremony of the Bukunor Junction M/A Basic School held in the Yilo Krobo Municipality of the Eastern region took place on Tuesday; recognizing, celebrating and rewarding the achievements of students and teachers as well as to celebrate its academic and extra curricula achievements for the past year in Bukunor.

The ceremony, which was on the theme: “Comprehensive and Accessible Education, A Tool for Development In the 21st Century” saw the presentation of prizes to some teachers and students who excelled in various subjects within the previous year.

Headmistress of the school, Mrs. Gloria Tetteh attributed the continuous academic excellence of the school to the hard work and dedication of teachers.

Headmistress of the school, Mrs. Gloria Tetteh attributed the continuous academic excellence of the school to the hard work and dedication of teachers

“This school’s continuous show of academic excellence for the past three years is through the hard work and dedications of our hardworking teachers,” Madam Gloria proclaimed. “The school recorded 100 per cent passes in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). On the field of sports, the school is always among the best three in the sub-zone,” she added.

Madam Gloria however touched on some challenges currently bedeviling the school including infrastructure and the lack of furniture.

“My tenure inherited infrastructural challenges such as school blocks with many physical defects especially the Junior High Block which needs massive renovation to aid teaching and learning for both teachers and pupils. Other challenges include the lack of furniture and ICT lab although we are in a technological world,” she decried.

The headmistress expressed glee at what she describes as a ‘lot of success achieved by the school.’ “The school has achieved a lot of success and notable among them is that currently staff of the school have introduced an innovation called ‘enrollment programme’ which aims to enroll every child of school going age into the school and this has increased since the beginning of the academic year. The teachers have also renovated the KG block and provided furniture for the KG2 and lower primary pupils who sat on the floor for classes,” she said.

There was also beautiful display of rich culture by the students

The School Prefect of the Bukunor Junction M/A Basic, Master Abayateye Desmond in his speech said despite the achievements recorded by the school, “the school’s infrastructure is not in good shape to enhance effective learning and teaching.”

He therefore appealed to the school’s PTA, concerned citizens, philanthropists and NGO to help the school find lasting solutions to these challenges.

On his part, Municipal Education Director of Yilo Krobo, Mr Augustine Adusei added said though education in Ghana was now free, parents nevertheless had roles to play to ensure that their wards benefitted from those policies.

He therefore urged the parents to be responsible to the educational needs of their children such as providing uniforms, learning materials and feeding to encourage the children to learn more.

There was also beautiful display of rich culture by the students, poetry recitals, appeal for funds and presentation of awards to deserving students.

Dignitaries present included the Municipal Education Director for Yilo Krobo, Mr. Adusei Augustine, Circuit Supervisors, GNAT Reps and heads of sister schools, teachers, members of the PTA, SME Reps and parents.

History of Bukunor  Junction M/A Basic School

The Bukunor Junction M/A Basic in the Yilo Krobo Municipality was started in the year 1988 under a tree by a community member, the late Mr. Moses Kweku Tetteh.

He started as the only teacher of the school during which his efforts attracted the attention of a Non-Governmental Organization, NGO, World Vision International. The organization subsequently put up the current structures which includes a KG, Primary, JHS and a Kitchen and has since served as an educational point for several children from the community and surrounding communities.

Source: Joyce Bedeley/ritefmonline.org/jbedeley9357@gmail.com

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