The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has demonstrated its commitment to supporting education within its immediate environs by donating 50 bunk beds to the Presbyterian Boys Senior High School (PRESEC-Legon).
At a brief presentation ceremony on Tuesday, May 16, the Vice-Chancellor of UPSA, Prof Abednego F. O. Amartey, emphasized the good relationship between UPSA and PRESEC that has been fostered by their geographic proximity and peaceful coexistence over the years.
He stated that UPSA takes a keen interest in schools located within its catchment area and that the donation was a modest gesture aimed at strengthening the existing ties.
Prof Amartey noted that the bunk beds would help accommodate some 100 students, which is a significant step towards addressing some of the challenges that the school faces.
“PRESEC is an illustrious grade A school. Because of that, sometimes you are tempted to think they don’t have any need,” the VC said.
“But you just have to be close to the school to appreciate some of the challenges they face.The future of this country is in the hands of these young ones; therefore, tackling some of the challenges they face is a shared responsibility, not just for parents, teachers, and the government but also for those of us in academia.”
Prof. Amartey urged the school authorities to take good care of the furniture and expressed UPSA’s commitment to providing further assistance where possible.
He commended the staff, management, and governing council of PRESEC for their deliberate efforts at making the school a centre of academic excellence and charged them not to compromise on the quality for which they are renowned.
In receiving the items, the Headmaster of PRESEC, Mr David Odjidja, expressed his gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor and the management of UPSA for the thoughtful gesture.
He indicated that the bunk beds would be immensely useful in addressing the school’s accommodation needs, which have been exacerbated by the rapid increase in the student population from approximately 2,500 in 2018 to about 5,500 presently.
The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Dr Eric Nkansah, commended the management and staff of UPSA for their exemplary gesture and urged other stakeholders to support the government’s efforts in providing free, quality universal education for all.
The event was attended by various top officials from UPSA, including the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof John K. M. Mawutor, deans, directors, and staff of the University.