The Pioneer headmaster of the University of Cape Coast Junior High School (UCCJHS), Mr. Yartey Kubi has cautioned teachers not to write any pupil off on the basis of unsatisfactory academic performance.
Mr. Kubi noted that not all children possessed high intelligent quotient and as such they must be treated with respect. He explained that most of the children develop as they progress in the academic ladder stressing that “The onus lies on the teacher to identify the challenges of such a child and offer the needed attention.”
Speaking at the inauguration of UCCJHS Silver Jubilee Celebration and Speech and Prize Giving Day at the premises of the school, Mr. Kubi recounted how the school began in 1987 at the University Staff Canteen with only two rooms for the first batch of students. He explained that although the school lacked basic facilities such as classrooms, desks, offices and lavatory for the students however, the teachers were determined and motivated enough to live up to expectation. He finally congratulated the school for the enviable achievements it continued to record.
A pioneer teacher, Ms. Adwoa Ewur who is currently the Headteacher of the UCC Kindergarten and Dr. Levi Yafetto a pioneer student shared similar experiences at the function. They highlighted the level of discipline and determination of both teachers and pupils to realise the stature of a top-notch school in Ghana.
The current Headmaster of the School, Mr. Anthony Kommeh disclosed that the UCCJHS had won 11 Presidential awards adding that “Heads of some Basic Schools in the Central Region and beyond come to learn from our success story.” He assured the University Community that UCCJHS would continue to remain focused of becoming a model school of excellence in Ghana.
He indicated that the School would be celebrating its Silver Jubilee alongside the Golden Jubilee of UCC. He explained that the theme for the celebration would be “UCCJHS @ 25: Challenges, Achievements and Aspirations. The activities for the celebration as outlined by the headmaster included; Home Coming, Debate and Quiz Competition, Games, Lectures and Speech and Prize Giving Day.