The Asiakwaman Association in the United State of America(USA) on 25th September 2021 presented 30 Staff chairs to the St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Senior High Technical School (STEPSS) in Asiakwa.
Speaking to Tweneboah Koduah, the Eastern Regional correspondent of The New Trust (TNT) , they said the said was in fulfillment of a promised the Association gave to the school early this year when the Financial Secretary, Mrs. Joyce Anima Agyemang; accompanied by Mr. Stephen Drah,the Treasurer of the Association visited the school.
Mrs. Joyce Anima Agyemang and Mr. Stephen Drah were in the school to learn at first hand, the needs of the school, so as to offer the Association’s assistance to the only second-cycle school in Asiakwa. It was during their visit that the Headmaster of the school, Mr. Samuel Asante Annarfi laid before them the need for chairs for a new Staff Common Room.
These representatives of the Association pledged to carry this pressing need to their colleagues in the USA.
“So today, when Mr. Stephen Drah, the Treasurer of the Association presented these 30 Staff chairs, it was in fulfillment of that pledge. Presenting the chairs, Mr. Drah bemoaned the plight that the school was in. He assured the Headmaster that he was carrying the needs of the school back to his colleagues in the USA. He said he was of the firm belief that more assistance would be forth coming to the school in the near future.
He said he was carrying the estimates of the Assembly/Dining Hall with him to his colleagues. He was of the firm belief that a positive response would be forth coming from the Association. He asked the school to use the chairs for their intended purpose.
The Headmaster, Mr. Asante Anaafil promised on behalf of the school to take good care of the chairs. He hoped that further assistance would be forth coming from the Association to secure the Assembly/Dining Hall. He was accompanied by Mr. Frank Appiah, the Assistant Headmaster (Administration), Mr. Eric Sodzi aka “Awake”(Senior Housemaster) and Ms. Millicent Kafui Belley (Senior House mistress) to receive the gift.
Lawyer Samuel Baning-Peprah, the first teacher recruited for the school and Chairman of the local representatives of the Association; giving advice to students present at the presentation he recalled that his first six months in the school was “pro bono” (free service). He said a quality student is not made out of only good facilities but is also inhibited in an individual. They should resolve to make it wherever they find themselves.
Ɔpanin Kwadwo Frempong Koranteng, a former Assistant Headmaster of the school, also advised the students to give off their best in their need. That one day they would look back and say, “We were sharpened from our experience at STEPSS”.
Giving the vote of thanks, Ms. Belley was very happy for the presentation. According to her, she had never seen such nice and durable chairs in any Staff Common Room in any school in the Eastern Region. She hoped Mr. Drah would carry the school’s appreciation to his colleagues.By Tweneboah Koduah : Eastern region