The Chairman of the Board of Governors of the St Augustine’s College, Dr Ernest Anthony Osei, has called for an immediate review of the mode of admission under the Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) before it becomes a disincentive for further support by old boys.
He said it was unacceptable that after investing huge sums of money and making a lot of sacrifices towards the development of their alma mater, old boys were unable to secure admission for their children who are able to obtain the required grades.
He, therefore, called on all stakeholders to consider the contributions of old boys and reciprocate by allowing for some percentage of the intake to children of past students who qualified to be admitted.
Dr Osei expressed this concern when he led the National Executive Council (NEC) of the St Augustine’s Past Students Union (APSU) and the Central Regional leadership of the APSU to the Catholic Archdiocesan secretariat in Cape Coast to pay a courtesy call on the newly appointed Metropolitan Archbishop and the College Patron, Archbishop Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle.
The visit was to formally welcome him following his appointment to the Cape Coast Archdiocese while the delegation took the opportunity to discuss other matters of interest including preparations towards the college’s upcoming 89th Speech and Prize-giving Day, the 90th college anniversary celebrations and the strategic direction of the college into the future.
Dr Osei, who is also the national president of the APSU, further outlined some interventions that the past students union had instituted to ensure the effective running of the college, as well as the provision of quality teaching and learning for the benefit of students of the college.
On behalf of the delegation, Dr Osei also expressed appreciation to the immediate past Archbishop Mathias Kobina Nketsiah for his immense support to APSU during his tenure as the college patron and for supporting the publication and launching of the College Reference Book.
Palmer Buckle’s response
Responding, Most Rev. Palmer-Buckle said he had followed with keen interest the strides of the college and its stakeholders and lauded the efforts of APSU towards the development and growth of the college over the years.
The Metropolitan Archbishop also pledged his total commitment to the college administration and the APSU towards supporting the development of the college and hoped that workable solutions would soon be found to address present challenges in the college.
Most Rev. Palmer-Buckle was hopeful that being the first Catholic second cycle school,the St Augustine’s College, together with the APSU, would step up its efforts at working together to spearhead a stronger delivery of quality and holistic education in the college.
He was optimistic that the support would also trickle down to all other Catholic high schools across the country.
The Headmaster of the college, Mr Joseph Connel, earlier painted a picture of the current state of affairs in the college including some of the challenges the college had to grapple with following the introduction of the Free Senior High School programme by the government and highlighted the steps his office was taking to address the challenges.
BY: Chris Nunoo
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