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Three Ministers in the present government—Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyeman, Mrs Hanna Tetteh and Mrs Nana Oye Lithur— and Ghana’s Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Goergina Thoedora Wood, were past students of Wesley Girls’ Senior High School, the Headmistress of the School, Mrs Betty Abena Dkokoto has stated.
Mrs Dzokoto said apart from these three prominent personalities, Wesley Girls’ Senior High School had produced many other females in responsible positions in the public and private sectors of national life.
She noted that for three consecutive years, the school had produced the overall best three students in the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Ghana and West Africa.
She said the school had maintained a tradition of excellence for 178 years since its establishment and could be said to have made the largest contribution to manpower development in Ghana.
Mrs Dzokoto was speaking at the launch of the Wesley Girls’ High School (WGHS) 1974 Year-Group Foundation in Accra, yesterday.
In her remarks, the president of the Year-Group and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stratcom Africa, Mrs Esther Cobbah, said the quality of education at WGHS was a unique one that had helped promote the holistic development of girls who passed through the school.
Mrs Cobbah said the 1974 Year-Group Foundation was being established to help children, especially girls, from all parts of the country and from all social backgrounds, benefit from this kind of quality education.
She said the 1974 Year-Group would embark on a fundraising campaign to mobilize at least GHC 100,000 by February 2015, adding that funds accruing into the Foundation would be used to support the education of under-privileged students, teacher welfare and the provision, and maintenance of infrastructure and other facilities for the school.
In a keynote address, Prof. Adwo Jectey Afua Hesse, a pediatric surgeon and past student of WGHS, said one most effective tool in empowering girls was to provide them with equal opportunities in education.
Prof Hesse urged all stakeholders to contribute generously to the Foundation and expressed the hope that each child who benefitted from the support of the Foundation would extend the same support to the next generation.
Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)