By: Evans Attah Akangla| ignewss| Abutia
The Abutia Norvisi D. A. Basic School in the Ho West district, one of the top and oldest elementary schools in the Volta Region, conducted its first-ever Speech and Prize Giving Day on Tuesday, September 12, despite the torrential rain that fell that day.
In order to increase literacy and access to formal education in the area, Abutia Norvisi DA Basic School was founded in November 1963 and was originally known as Kpolukorfe Primary School. It began in a private home with a total of 26 students and later relocated to the Evangelical Presbyterian (E. P.) Church Premises before settling in its current location.
Currently, there are 255 students enrolled in the school, comprising 151 boys and 114 girls in Kindergarten through Primary 6; there are also 10 professional teachers, five of whom are male and five of whom are female.
The school’s headmaster, Mr. Dogbe Selorm C., expressed his gratitude to the parents and guardians of students enrolled there, adding that their steadfast support and cooperation have played a crucial role in creating the school’s success stories.
He thanked his teachers for their tireless efforts in imparting knowledge and shaping the pupils into well-rounded individuals and praised them for their dedication to excellence and love of teaching.
He urged the teachers to go beyond the classroom to serve as mentors, guides and pillars of support for the students.
The headmaster praised the students’ extraordinary abilities, tenacity, and resolve in academics, culture, athletics, and community service, saying they had gone above and beyond expectations.
In addition to pleading with the student body to never stop studying, exploring, and striving for excellence, he asked parents to continue supporting the school.
He also encouraged them to embrace obstacles, diversity, and failure as opportunities to learn and grow.
According to Mr. Jerry Bosrotsi, the School Improvement Support Officer (SISO) of the Ghana Education Service in the Abutia Kisifli Zone, education is the bedrock of any community, thus it is commendable that the neighborhood made the effort to build a school to raise literacy levels among its residents.
The SISO praised the school’s strong Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results in the Ho West District, stating that they achieved national standing and improved the neighborhood’s reputation.
Hon. Ernest Victor Appau, the District Chief Executive of Ho West, pleaded with children to pay attention in all they do and to take their teachers and parents seriously in everything they do since nature and the government have given them all the opportunity to succeed in life.
Hon. Appau gave the community assurance that the assembly’s lobbying efforts had resulted in the renovation of the school, as well as the installation of toilets and other facilities, such as a brand-new health center with a nurses residence for the neighborhood.
Thirty (30) students—both former and current—were recognized at the school for their achievements in academics, athletics, and other deserving fields, such as Most Hardworking, Neatest Student, Most Discipline, and Punctuality.