The Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has lauded the leadership of Dormaa Senior High School for turning around the school’s academic performance from a low to higher heights.
He explained that the school’s pass rate moving from 21.5 per cent in 2016 to 89 per cent in 2020 was worth commending and urged other schools to emulate the best practices leading to the turnaround of the Dormaa School.
“The Dormaa SHS turnaround is a true testimony of the impact of the Free Senior High School policy which has increased enrolment and quality of education as well”. The Education Minister said.
Dr Adutwum made the commendation when he delivered a speech at the Speech and Prize Giving Day and the 75th anniversary of Dormaa SHS in the Bono region on Saturday.
The well-attended durbar brought together old students, traditional authority, various stakeholders in the education space and members of Faith-based Organizations among others.
2016 – 21.5 of their students qualified to go to the university, 2017- 50 per cent qualified, 2018-55 per cent qualified, 2019- 78.2 per cent qualified and 2020 – 89 per cent qualified.
Again he urged them to continue working as a team and redouble their effort for the school to be the best SHS in the country and caution them not to be complacent with the feat chalked.
He indicated the President’s commitment to providing the needed resources for the provision of quality education in the country.
Dr Adutwum pledged to continue supporting schools in the country with the right policies and initiatives that stood the chance of transforming the nation’s economy through education.
The Education Minister urged all stakeholders in the school to continue working very hard to continue with improvement in the academic and other records of the school.
He challenged the leadership of the school to help increase the enrolment of students pursuing science in the school since science played a critical role in the transformation of the nation’s economy.
“Your future is in your own hands so be determined, work hard, remain focused and don’t relax. Take advantage of what is going on in the school to shape your future”. Dr Adutwum urged the students.
The Headmaster of the School, Mr Nicholas Asamoah, used the occasion to thank both teaching and non-teaching staff, and other stakeholders of the school for their hard-working leading to the current academic record among others.
He also praised the government for the support over the years making the school the first port of call by all parents in the region to ensure that their children could benefit from the kind of training being offered by the school.
Mr Asamoah appealed to the government to consider completing an old dining hall and kitchen building started by former President John Mill which remain unroofed so the entire school could go to the dining hall at the same time instead of the current rotational eating schedules for students due to lack of space.
Again he appealed to the government to help expand infrastructure in the school to help accommodate the rising population and also appealed for a school bus to enhance easy transportation of both students and staff for field trips and others.