Manna International School which is located at Bremag UGC within the Suame Municipal Assembly of the Ashanti Region,has held a historic elections to choose new school prefects for the 2021/2022 academic year.
The conduct of the elections was described as a historic and first of its kind to be done by any educational institutions in the country, because the processes leading to the elections were inclined in character parallel to how Ghana organizes her national elections.Five students namely, Vincent Owusu, Samuel Ayim Gyasi,George Ampadu ,Tetteh Phinehas Senior and Kwadwo Ahenkorah Boampong vied for the position of the Boys’ Prefect. Lloydina Abena Keseewaa ,Nana Ama Birago Botwe , Mullings Afia Asabea and Abena Serwaa Praise contested for the Girls’ Prefect. Adu Kofi Ampofo, Darlington Barfi Lartey, Winsford Nkoah Ofori and Tetteh Phinehas Junior contested for the Domestic Prefect in the boys’ category,as Awurama Agyekum, Nelly Baffour Gyasi, Agyemang Lovia Birago and Boateng Serwaa Emmanuella locked horns for the Domestic Prefect, girls’ division.
The candidates for the Dinning Prefect were Ohemaa Dwomo Sarfo Kanataka ,Benedicta Afua Sarpong ,Gabriel Agyemang and Bismark Sefa Antwi.At the close of the polls, Ohemaa Sarfo Kanataka obtained 458 votes out of the 663 valid votes cast to win as the Dinning Prefect. Benedicta Afua Sarpong ,had 105 votes to place
second.Bimark Antwi and Gabriel Agyemang respectfully got 74 and 26 votes to place third and fourth. In the girls’ division of the Domestic Prefect,Awurama Agyekum garnered 270 votes as against 144 ,213 and 50 votes obtained by Nelly Baffour Gyasi, Boateng Serwaa Emmanuella and Agyemang Lovia Birago.
The valid votes cast in this category was 677. Master Adu Kofi Ampofo emerged the winner in the race for Boys’ Domestic Prefect .He polled 283 votes out of the 675 valid votes ,while his closest contender Winsford Nkoah Ofori had 175 votes,Tetteh Phinehas Junior,got 112 and Darlington Lartey obtained 105 votes.Miss Lloydina Abena Kessewaa was voted as the new Girls’Prefect with 260 votes out of the valid 671 votes cast .
Abena Serwaa Praise came second with 175 votes, Nana Birago Botwe got 137 votes to place third while Mullings Afia Asabea was able to get 95 votes to come fourth.Master George Ampadu swept 258 votes out of the total valid votes of 674 cast to beat his four other contestants.Samuel Ayim Gyasi placed second with 145 votes followed by Tetteh Phinehas Senior with 105 votes and Kwadwo Ahenkorah Boampong had 76 votes to occupy the fifth position. Meanwhile Anne Flora Owusu,Oheneba Kwadwo Ampofo and Osei Bonsu Jeffery were appointed to serve on the School’s Chaplain Board.
Speaking to The New Trust , after casting his votes, the Director of the school,Pastor Michael Mensah explained that the elections should not be considered as a mere exercise to select prefects for the school but a unique platform to inculcate multi- democratic values in the children. He pointed out that as the future leaders, the focus on their development must not be centered around only the achievement of academic excellent but they must equally be groomed holistically to enable them to fit into all social facets.”
Despite the fact that management of the school always desires to attain higher academic laurels, we equally give much attention to the development of other pedagogical skills outside the classroom” he noted.
In the opinion of Pastor Mensah ,if all educational institutions across the country from the formative stages of children could enlighten them on the voting processes as his school has just done ,the issues of recording huge spoilt ballot papers during national elections would be a thing of the past to save the county from losses.
He lauded the school’s Election Committee (EC) members for the meticulous work done to make the exercise very successful. Pastor Mensah expressed optimism that the school was set to make another enviable records as the JHS 3 students were adequately preparing for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination ( BECE) for the next two months to come.”
Considering the efforts the indefatigable teachers have pumped into teaching the final year students ,I’m hopeful we are set for another impeccable records as far the BECE results were concerned” he remarked.
The Headmaster of the school ,Mr. Joseph Owusu Agyemang was elated at the manner the elections were conducted in a competitive and a congenial atmosphere. He observed that though, it was the first time most of the children engaged in an election which has a replication of national elections the spoilt ballot papers were very minimal. Mr.Agyemang believed that when children are given the right information it enhances their performances in all areas.
He was hopeful that there would be much improvement in future elections of the prefects.
He urged the winners to extend olive hands to their defeated counterparts in order for them all to work in unison to portray the good image of the school to the outside world. Delivering the acceptance speech on behalf of her colleagues,after they were sworn into office, the new Girls’ Prefect ,Miss Lloydina Abena Kessewaa expressed her profound gratitude to the management of the school , members of the Election Committee(EC) and the entire students body for choosing them.
She pledged that, they would work assiduously to justify the confidence reposed in them.” We are very happy that among the entire students, we have been voted for in an election described as free and fair. We promised to work tirelessly to support the management of the school to propagate its good image in all aspects” she vowed.Story by Charles Ampong
Some scenes from the elections of school prefects