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GHS Bokwaongo Celebrates Silver 

By Walter Wilson Nana

CameroonPostline.com — Government High School, GHS Bokwaongo, Buea, recently celebrated 25 years of its existence. During the celebrations on the school campus, the Principal, Hannah Etonde Mbua, said thousands of young people have shown positive efforts and have reaped great successes, thanks to the dynamism and assiduity of the staff of the school.

She expressed joy that some ex-students of the school are in almost all strata of life, thanks to some of the clubs in the school such as journalism, ICT and health, which have served as a nursery for many of them.

Etonde Mbua said the responsibility to maintain GHS Buea as a cradle of excellence lies in the hands of the stakeholders who are the parents, school authorities, current students and ex-students. Recognising the efforts of the teaching and administrative staff, the PTA and the school’s management board for the academic and infrastructural successes recorded, so far, by GHS Buea, Etonde Mbua highlighted some pressing difficulties of the school.

“The students and staff of this school need befitting playgrounds, especially a good football pitch. A new coat of paint is awaited for some sections of the school and there is dire need for teachers in the History, Physics, English, Food Science and French Departments,” she said.

An ex-student, Fidelis Pegue Manga of WWF Cameroon, said, after a difficult start, the students, teachers and parents of GHS Buea have shown abnegation and unflinching determination to surmount a litany of hurdles, onto the path of excellence. “Today, here, we stand at the foot of the verdant Signal Hill, proud of what we have accomplished and confident of our ability to meet the challenges ahead,” Manga said.

He exhorted GHS Buea ex-students to show a deep sense of solidarity for the continuous growth of their alma mater. Meanwhile, the Secretary General in the Ministry of Secondary Education, Prof. Ivo Leke Tambo talked of the efforts of Government and the school authorities to make it one of repute.

He talked of Government’s action to establish the institution as the second post-primary establishment to meet the needs of the rapidly growing town of Buea, the work done by the pioneer teachers, the school’s management board and the PTA to ensure that the school took off on the right foot, the hard work exhibited by the students, staff and parents during these years to put the institution on the map of Cameroon Secondary Education as one of the outstanding establishments.

According to Leke Tambo, the next twenty-five years of GHS Buea will be that which the ex-students would have become the leaders of Cameroon in the private and public sectors, that GHS Buea ex-students would have played a vital role in Cameroon’s emergence and that GHS Buea should continue to be at the pole position of Cameroon’s academic circle and morality.

Created and opened in 1987, GHS Buea took off with an initial enrolment of 211 students. Today it counts some 1806 students.

First published in The Post print edition no. 01349

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