Old students unhappy about performance of alma mater

Jirapa (UWR)� The Saint Francis of Assisi Old Girls Association (FOGA) has expressed worry about the decline in the academic performance of their alma mater.

It blames this on the resource constraints the school is struggling with.

The Association has therefore appealed to its members and the authorities to work together to restore it to its past glory.

Mrs. Fati Bodua Seidu, the National President of FOGA, raised the concern at the school’s speech and prize-giving day held at Jirapa in the Upper West Region.

The old students provided the funding for the event.

The speech and prize-giving day from our understanding has not been organized in almost 10 or so and we chose to sponsor this event because as old girls of this school we are worried about the falling standard of education in the school.

She said they were hopeful that things were going to change – academic performance improved.

It is our hope that the rejuvenation of the speech and prize-giving day would help contribute to improving academic standard of the school, encourage management of the school to map out meaningful strategies to improve performance.

She said the published results and visits to our competitor schools would tell you that St Francis needs to improve on its performance and that we need better school facilities.

The administration block, dormitories, classrooms et cetera are all crying for help, she added.

She encouraged each year group to take up a legacy project to assist get the school to the level they all wanted to see it.

St Francis of Assisi Girls’ Senior High School has produced notable personalities like Haji Alima Mahama, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development and Dr. Margaret Amoakohene, a Member of Council of State.

The Reverend Sister Martha Kello, the Assistant Headmistress, Administration, said the school was established to give girls in deprived areas the opportunity to receive secondary education and to nurture them to become conscious of their social and spiritual rights and responsibilities as women of dignity.

She blamed the poor academic performance on the placing of students with weak grades in the school and the policy disallowing the withdrawal of poor performing students.

It had led to a situation where students lacked the appetite to compete in class as they were assured of their continuous stay in the school.

This has adverse effect on their performance these days especially in mathematics, she said, adding that, out of 392 candidates presented for West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), 203 failed.

Source: Ghana News Agency