I said I was giving you a minute and you must be mindful of that.
Capt. Effah-Dartey (retd): Mr. Speaker, the reason that Achimota has attained so much glory is because the founding fathers had a policy that they were going to open the doors of the college to the whole country, anybody from any part of Ghana could come to the school.
Mr. Speaker, indeed, as I was saying, I came from Jinijini in 1967 and I confess that the very first time that I stepped foot in Achimota School and I looked at the compound, Mr. Speaker, Achimota campus at that time, 1967, was bigger than the whole township of Jinijini. I say so with no regrets because even today, as I speak, Achimota School campus is bigger than so many towns and villages in Ghana
which are on the map.
Mr. Speaker, Achimota has attained this glory because the school has a policy that when you go there, it is not only for academic training, but extra-curricula activities. For instance, debating societies, drama, writers' club, Today's Movement for African Unity, GUNSA and so many of them. Mr. Speaker, some of us have reached where we are because of these extra-curricula activities which the school tries to place emphasis on.
Mr. Speaker, honestly I feel very proud that by the Grace of God, I was a student in Achimota School. And I think that all schools should emulate the example of Achimota, especially in the form of giving extra-curricula training to the students.
Mr. Speaker, again, the administration of Achimota School, the way and manner they manage the school, the Board and the teachers, supervision is first class.
Mr. Speaker, allow me to give this very interesting example. In 1999 when I started campaigning for Parliament, I visited Jinijini Secondary School and I was shocked to see only 60 students in the whole senior secondary school (SSS). From SSS 1to SSS 3, the total enrolment was 60. I could not believe my eyes, that a secondary school that was going to write the SSSCE , the entire enrolment was 60. I tried to do what I could to help.
Mr. Speaker, I was also amazed that just last year, while I went on a routine visit to the schools in the constituency, I went to Jinijini Secondary School and the enrolment had risen to 1,200. When I tried to find out the reasons behind the expansion, I was told management had changed. There was a new headmaster and I was amazed at the teaching, the
policy, the administration, the degree of supervision, Mr. Speaker, I marvelled.
The principle remained the same that in any school where the teachers are serious, in any school where discipline is the hallmark, in any school where management and supervision are first class, that school, wherever it is in this country can make it.