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Permanent Secretariat Report of the ARSRC

PERMANENT SECRETARIAT REPORT PRESENTED TO THE 20TH ANNUAL RESIDENTIAL CONGRESS OF THE ASHANTI REGIONAL SRC HELD AT TEPA SHS.

ASHANTI REGIONAL STUDENTS REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL
(ARSRC)

AUGUST 2017

PERMANENT SECRETARIAT REPORT-ADMINISTRATIVE.

• INTRODUCTION
Mr. Chairman, the Regional Patron, the Officer in-Charge, APEC, Hon. Delegates, Non-delegates and Observers of the 20th Annual Residential Congress, All protocol observed.
Greetings from the office of the Ashanti Regional Students’ Representative Council, some few months ago, just around this same time of last year, the leadership of ARSRC changed hands at the 19th Annual residual Congress held at SDA SHS Bekwai. On the 12th August 2016, the ODARTEY led administration took charge to man the affairs of the council. The journey, I must say, has been a successful yet trying one.
Like every leadership group and organisation, the story of successes and challenges remains indelible in giving accounts, but we stand here in all joy and gladness to say that we have run the race, fought the battles, conquered the fears and tore all shackles to uphold and uplift the name of this council. In truth and in one accord, we stood by the vision and goals of the ARSRC, with stakeholders and member schools to come this far. Knowing much the 20years success of the council’s success of the council rested on our shoulder, we relented not.
Mr Chairman, we stand before the entire students and council who mandated us to render accounts of this stewardship role for the past year we assumed office as the constitution of this council requires.
• 19TH ANNUAL RESIDENTIAL CONGRESS AND TRANSITION
The 19th Annual Residential Congress was very successful. It was hosted at SDA, BEKWAI SHS from 7th- 12th August, 2016 under the theme The Role of Students in Ensuring Peaceful and Credible National Elections.” The opening ceremony was graced by the following people; Regional Director of Education, Mrs. Mary Owusu Achiaw, Col. Amadu Mahama, the Regional Patron of SRC who doubled as the Chairperson for the ceremony, Mr. Samuel Asare Akuamoah, Deputy Director of the National Commission for Civic Education-NCCE who was the guest speaker, Headmaster of the host school, SDA SHS Bekwai, Headmistress of Fomena Amass, Headmaster of Opoku Ware School, Dr. Alexis Frimpong-Nimoh. Headmaster Obuasi SHTS, Mr Andrews Kofi Sarkodie, Headmaster of Mansoman SHS, Mr Benjamin Kwaku Baah.
After a successful congress, evidenced by strategic consensus building and elections, the following persons were elected to run the affairs of the council for the 2015/2016 administrative year.
NAME PORTFOLIO SCHOOL
LAMPTEY SAMUEL ODARTEY OSEI KYERETWIE SHS REGIONAL PRESIDENT
APPIAH-KUBI RAPHAEL OPOKU WARE SCHOOL REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
AGYEMANG AMOATEMAA ABENA ASANTEMAN SHS REGIONAL SECRETARY
OHEMENG AMA BOAMPOMAA KUMASI GIRLS’ SHS REGIONAL TRUSTEE 1
ABABIO ESMERALDA SARKODIE ST MONICA SHS REGIONAL TRUSTEE 2
ABBAH AWUDI ALEX TWENEBOA KODUA SHS REGIONAL TRUSTEE 3
DERY BARBARA THOMPSON NAMONG SHS REGIONAL TRUSTEE 4
OSEI FREMAH FELICIA TOASE SHS ZONE 1 SECRETARY
AMOAH OBED ADVENTIST SHS,KUMASI ZONE 1 ORG. SEC.
KYEI BOAKYE YMP OPOKU WARE SCHOOL ZONE 2 SECRETARY
ODURO KWARTENG AKWASI ANGLICAN SHS,KUMASI ZONE 2 ORG. SEC.
AWUAH BAFFOUR BLESSING TWENEBOAH KODUA SHS ZONE 3 SECRETARY
QUASHIE DESMOND EJISU SHTS ZONE 3 ORG. SEC.
OWUSU MAXWELL OSEI KYERETWIE SHS ZONE 4 SECRETARY
AMANIAMPONG MIRACLE ASANTEMAN SHS ZONE 4 ORG. SEC.
ADU-POKU CALEB PREMPEH COLLEGE REGIONAL L.G PRESIDENT
ADU-AGYEI A. MORRIS ARMED FORCES SHTS REGIONAL L.G. VICE PRESIDENT
AWUAH BERCHIE DOREEN ANGLICAN SHS, KUMASI REGIONAL L.G. SECRETARY
ANIM SARPONG GIFTY EFFIDUASE SHS REG. L.G. ASST. SECRETARY
AMOAH OWUSU OBED KUMASI HIGH SCHOOL REG. L.G. ORG. SEC.
ANASTHESIA OKAI KUMASI WESLEY GIRLS’ SHS REG. L.G. ASST. ORG. SEC.
YIADOM BOAKYE ERNEST KONONGO ODUMASI SHS REG. EDITOR –IN-CHIEF
DELORIS JADE ABABIA YAA ASANTEWAA GIRLS’ SHS REG. EDIBOARD SECRETARY
OPPONG BOAKYE FREDERICK KUMASI HIGH SCHOOL REG. EDIBOARD SCRIPT ANALYST
ALHASSAN MAGARET TWENEBOAH KODUA REG. EDIBOARD RESEARCHER
OWUSU-SARPONG Y. AYIWAA ST. MONICA SHS REG. EDIBOARD ORG SEC.
The Annual Awards and Dinner Night which was livid a beautiful event. Several schools and persons were appreciated and awarded for their enormous contribution to the growth and sustenance of the council. There was an exciting and phenomenal Regional LG night. The smiles on the faces of honourables participants ebbed away the long stressful days and nights that preceded it. Some of the congress resolutions are bulleted below;
• STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
This Committee was tasked to plan and strategize for the 20th anniversary celebrations of the council and recommend ways of maximizing the benefits in the celebrations. The Committee recommended intensive publicity during the celebrations to trumpet the successes of the Council and also recommended that the Council embarks on activities such activities as Public lectures, Outdoor programmes, floats, Leadership Seminars, Literary group programmes, Local activities among others. The committee recommended that the council should maximize the opportunities that the 20 years anniversary celebration presents and establish an educational endowment fund.
• EDUCATIONAL COMMITTEE
The Educational Committee with a 380 membership Student leaders resolved that a clear non-partisan, all inclusive policy direction for education in the nation is the only way to go. Students resolved that a partisan ad-hoc approach to education is inimical to their future and therefore stakeholders together with the National Development Planning Authority, The Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education should collaborate in developing an educational policy for the nation that will be pursued by all parties or governments in power. Student leaders again resolved that Government should expedite action in the prompt release of feeding grants/subvention to senior high schools to ward off its attendant problems like delay in re-opening schools, threats of closure of schools by heads of institutions, inadequate meals served to boarders etc. Government’s commitment to free and quality education will be amplified better with the prompt release of feeding grants/subvention to schools.
• SOCIAL COMMITTEE
Student leaders within the Social Committee in the Ashanti Region considered how to revive the spirit of patriotism and nationalism in the future leaders of this country.
Students resolved that; the youth should be guided by the good old adage ‘what you can do for your country, not what your country can do for you’ in helping to build a better nation. The youth should take pride in our cultural diversity, our model democracy, our rich history and potential to re-ignite the passion of nationalism and patriotism in their hearts. The youth should focus on the positives of this country and help to correct the ills by being agents of change

2016/2017 ACTIVITIES UNDER REVIEW
• MEETINGS
On 20th August, the entire newly executive body were oriented in their offices at the Regional SRC office. This was purposed to expose them to the demands and requirements of their portfolios, academically, socially and morally and to adequately equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively perform their duties as expected. Some past executives and officers were present to share their experiences with them. The meeting was premised on achieving great results after their tenure of office with regards to their initiatives and the conventions of the council.
Subsequently, the executives met at when necessary to review past programmes, plans need ones and make projections for the future. Such meetings happened some few days to any of our programmes because the office didn’t want to interrupt much in their academic works. These meetings double as training grounds for them and provided an opportunity for stakeholders to shape them for future offices and opportunities.
• FIRST GENERAL MEETING
The first general meeting was held at Osei Kyeretwie Senior High School on 6th November, 2016. The meeting recorded a total of 76 member schools, 32 APEC members, the regional patron, n Headmistress; Osei Kyeretwie SHS, local patrons, Media Houses, National Students Alliance, and KNUST NUGS etc. Also present were other dignitaries and student leaders of some tertiary institutions. The calendar of activities was presented to the house, followed by the annual budget which was read, deliberated upon and accepted. In addition to the conventional First General meeting activities, the council launched a peace campaign to support the national peaceful campaign. The Regional patron and the Regional ARSRC president made a presentation and admonish all students to stay peaceful and law abiding before, during and after elections. The awards committee was formed thereafter as required by the constitution. It was formed by electing 2 representatives from each zone and one from the General House, making nine (9). A representative from APEC was added and this year, the representative is Honourable Akwasi Boakye. The members of the committee are;

NAME SCHOOL POSITION
Addai Mensah Samuel Opoku Ware School Chairman
Agyei Boateng Bettina Kumasi Girls SHS Secretary
Banning Baffour Clinton Prempeh College Member
Nana Ama Amponsah Serwaa Nyarko Girls’ SHS Member
Tengan Charles Lwanga TI AMASS, Kumasi Member
Afrane Kwame Owusu Tweneboah Kodua SHS Member
Asante Gyasi Elias Asanteman SHS Member
Obiri Yeboah Samuel Anglican SHS, Kumasi Member
Gyasi Emmanuel Adventist SHS, Kumasi Member
The Council this year had two Administrative Assistants; Honorable Osborn Opoku Safo Kantanka, an APEC member and Honourable Portia Nyarko, A National Service Personnel as well as an APEC member. These two were very helpful in assisting the Coordinator, Honourable Raphael Sarkodie in the first year of his term as regional coordinator.
• EDUCATIONAL TRIP
The Educational Trip for the year 2016 began on 27th December and ended on 30th December. In all, we had Two hundred and fifty (250) students that went for the trip, 15 patrons (15), six administrators (6), ten APEC (10) members, twenty-one (21) executives and eight (8) Awards Committee members. The numbers recorded were unprecedented and highly impressive.
Below are the sites visited?
• Kakum National Park
• Elmina Castle
• Aburi Botanical Garden
• Okomfo Anokye Shrine
• Boti Falls( Umbrella rock and the three-head-palm tree)
• Akosombo Dam
• Sajuna Beach
• Tetteh Quarshie’s Original Cocoa
• Adomi Bridge
The entire participants met on the evening of 26th December, 2017 to be oriented and briefed about the trip. Before we took off, all students were allocated to their buses and registered duly. The immediate past Regional Coordinator and the Officer-in-charge of ARSRC were among facilitators of the orientation.
• ACME QUIZ PRELIMINARIES
This year’s edition of the ACME quiz preliminary competition was highly competitive and well attended. This quiz is an English, Social studies and current affairs-based quiz. The preliminaries of this quiz was held at the zonal level on Friday, 25th November, 2016 and hosted in four schools; Zone 1- Kwasi Oppong, Zone 2-Kumasi Academy & Zone 3-T.I. AMASS Kumasi, and Zone 4-Adventist SHS, Kumasi. The quiz masters were Honourables, Osei Owusu Amankwah (Zone 1), Papa Yaw Koomson (zone 2), Lawyer Osborn Fredua (Zone 3), and Ohene-Amoako David (Zone 4). The quiz master were assisted by some APEC members and Patrons who served as time keepers and score masters. The following schools qualified to the finals:

ZONE ONE ZONE TWO
• Kumasi Girls, Opoku Ware
• St Micheal Comm. SHS St. Monica SHS
• Adu Gyamfi SHS T.I AMASS, Fomena
• Mpasatia SHTS Armed Forces SHTS

ZONE THREE ZONE FOUR
• St Jerome SHS Jachie Pramso Shs
• Konongo Odumase SHS Asanteman SHS
• Tweneboah Kodua SHS Osei Kyeretwie SHS
• Kumasi High School Konadu Yiadom SHS

20TH ANNIVERSARY/STUDENTS’ WEEK CELEBRATION
• INTRODUCTION
The Ashanti Regional Students Representative Council celebrated its 20th Annual Students Week From the 28th of January through to the 6th of March 2017 under the theme; ‘20 years of student’s activism and advocacy, a retrospective and prospective look’
The celebrations were to take stock of student’s activism in the region over the past two decades, appraise the council on its performances so far and to strategize for the future.
Series of programmes were outlined as part of the celebrations to bring students together on common platform to achieve this target. The following programmes were outlined for the celebration and were successfully carried out.
• LITERARY GROUP COMPETITION PRELIMINARIES
The Literary Group Competition preliminaries session was held on SATURDAY, 28TH JANUARY, 2017 at 3 different centres; Prempeh College, Anglican Senior High School, Kumasi and Effiduase Senior High School. Schools competed in drama, choreography, music, comedy, poetry and the maiden edition of Cultural/Traditional Dance categories. There were 19 schools at Effiduase SHS, 21schools at Anglican SHS, Kumasi and 23 schools at Prempeh College as the schools bid for qualification in various competitions. In the end, an average of four schools qualified in each category to compete in the grand finale. The Prempeh centre was however inconclusive as the competition was closed due to time constraints and some of the remaining performances deferred to a later date.
• OPENING CEREMONY HELD ON THE 31ST JANUARY, 2017 AT KUMASI TECHNCAL INSTITUTE
The opening ceremony to officially open the series of celebration for the 20th annual student’s week celebration was held on TUESDAY, 31ST January, 2017 at K.T.I.
The programme commenced to 10:30am and saw huge patronage of both students and dignitaries. The former Minister of Health, Dr. Richard Winfred Anane graced the ceremony as the special guest of honour with John Kumah Legal Practitioner, representative of the Principal of UEW-k and rector of Kumasi Technical University as the Guest speaker for the special WAEC seminar organized for the students after the main Opening ceremony.
The programme was widely covered by the press with four television and five radio stations in attendance.
The guest delivered thought provoking presentations on the subject of student’s activism.
The council honoured some special people including Dr. Anane and John Kumah alongside two other former executives with plaques for their meritorious service.
The Regional WAEC Controller gave a presentation about the Dos and Don’ts of the WASSCE paper after which students interacted with the guests as they sought answers to some mind bothering questions.
Students were fed at the end of the programme.
• ACME QUIZ GRANDE FINALE HELD ON 1ST FEBRUARY, 2017 AT OPOKU WARE SCHOOL
The finals of the ACME quiz competition took place at Opoku Ware School with 16 schools competing in 4 rounds of Social studies, English Language, Current Affairs and Multimedia.
The completion was held in two groups of eight at the same venue with four schools qualifying in each group for the grand finale which also came off the same day at the same venue.
T.I.Amass, Fomena produced an awesome display of high intellectual capacity to overcome a very tough Opoku Ware trio and an unyielding Konongo ODUMASE SHS side to emerge champions of the ACME Quiz competition 2017.
Host school OWASS delved it to find answers to the highly determined Fomena Amass side but found them such a hard nut to crack. Defending champions Konongo Odumase SHS were also buoyed on by their last year feat to replicate their success but a highly capable and intelligent Fomena Amass side kept surprising all he participants as they overcame all 16 finalists to emerge ACME Quiz champions of the Ashanti Region.
OWASS placed 2nd with the defending champions Konongo Odumase placing 3rd. Offinso based St. Michaels SHS managed to place 4th in the contest while Jamasi based Adu Gyamfi SHS picked the 5th position. Asanteman SHS, St. Monica SHS and Kumasi HIGH school placed 6th, 7th and 8th respectively.
• SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY WALK\STREET PROCESSION HELD ON 4TH FEBRUARY THROUGH THE PRINCIPALSTREETS OF KUMASI
Over one thousand students and cadet groups drawn from some member schools in Ashanti Region walked through the principal street in the Kumasi Metropolis in the celebration of the 20years of the SRC.
The 14.4 kilometer walk started with aerobics and ended with drama, comedy and dance competition by schools in zone 1 who were unable to perform during the preliminary competition. Some of the participating schools included Toase Senior High School, Prempeh College, Jachie Pramso SHS, Opoku Ware School, Armed Forces SHTS, Kumasi Technical Institute, Kumasi Senior High Technical School, Osei Tutu SHS, Asanteman SHS, Osei KYERETWIE SHS, Serwaa Nyarko SHS, T.I.Amass-Ksi, and Ejisu Secondary technical among others. The students were fed with kenkey and fish after the walk. The walk was supported by ultimate FM.
• LITERARY GROUP GRAND FINALE HELD ON 11TH OF FEBRARY AT KUMASI ACADEMY
It was fireworks at Kumasi Academy on the 11th of February when over 35 schools battled it out in six categories of drama, choreography, poetry, traditional dance, comedy and live music. It was indeed a battle of talent and gift as various literary groups affirmed their superiority over the others while others proved they were no pushovers. The competition saw creativity at its best as the audience were treated to amazing display of top class performances that could rival others anywhere else.
The judges were chosen from a pool of resourceful personalities who are on top of their game. Popular Ghanaian actor James Aboagye and President of Legacy and Legacy Productions sat through the performances and finally settled on the following as eventually winners of the TALEFEST 2017.
MIGHTY JAPASS were the biggest winners on the day after winning the two prestigious categories of drama and choreography. St. Monica won the poetry while Asanteman won the comedy category. Konongo Odumase SHS won the music category with their captivating highlife performance. The following results came through after close of TALEFEST 2017.

DANCE/CHOREOGRAPHY
1st JAPASS; 275 pts.
2nd Barekese SHS; 274pts.
3rd Asanteman SHS; 263 pts.
DRAMA
1st JAPASS; 267pts
2nd Kwasi Oppong SHS; 240pts
3rd Armed Forces SHTS 239pts
TRADITIONAL DANCE
1st SIMMS commercial 257pts
2nd St. Monica SHS 252pts
3rd Kumasi Academy 244pts
COMEDY
1st Asanteman SHS 223 pts.
2nd Oppong Memorial SHS 211pts
3rd Kumasi High 209 pts.
MUSIC
1st Konongo Odumase SHS 260 pts.
2nd Prempeh College 245 pts.
3rd Kumasi High School 238 pts.
POETRY
1st St. Monica SHS 249 pts.
2nd Fomena Amass 249 pts.
3rd Wesley High SHS 245 pts.

• THANKSGIVING AND AWARDS CEREMONY HELD ON THE 12TH OF FEBRUARY AT ARMED FORCES SHTS
It was all joy and adoration as students from various schools across the region gathered at Armed Forces SHTS on Sunday the 12th of February, 2017 to give thanks and praise to the Almighty on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the ARSRC.
The day also marked the presentation of Awards to deserving schools who distinguished themselves in various competitions organized by the ARSRC.
Led by the KTI and Armed Forces bands, students danced to various gospel tunes and sang praises to the Giver of Life for sustaining the council till now.
The awards presentation saw JAPASS, Barekese, T.I. Amass-Fomena, Kwasi Oppong SHS, Wesley High, Bekwai, Konongo Odumase SHS, SIMMS SHS commercial, Asanteman SHS and many others honoured for winning various competitions organized by the ARSRC.
• 20TH ANNIVERSARY GALA HELD ON THE 6TH MARCH, 2017 AT BABA YARA STADIUM
Kumasi high school overpowered inter soccer champions KASS to win the edition of the top 8 eight of the Ashanti Regional Students Representative Council Anniversary Gala.
Kumasi High School beat KASS on penalties after a pulsating game to emerge champions of the top 8.
Enrooted to this title winning feat by KUHIS, the Gyenyasi based school beat Adu Gyamfi SHS on penalties as well before accounting for OKESS 1:0 in the semi –finals,
The victory comes as the school mourns their departed headmaster M.O. Yeboah who died.
The elated students trooped to the pitch after the final whistle to join the jubilation.
The top 8 competition was organized by the Ashanti Regional Students’ Representative Council to commemorate their 20th anniversary celebration and brought together the best 8 soccer schools in the region in the last decade.
The ARSRC congratulates Kumasi high school for this historic feat.

KNOCK-OUT PHASE
1. Adu Gyamfi 0 – 0 KUHIS
KUHIS qualified on penalties
2. ISLAMIC 0 – 2 OKESS
3. OWASS 0 – 0 PREMPEH
PREMPEH qualified on penalties
4. AMASS 0 – 0 KASS
KASS qualified on penalties

SEMI FINAL
1. KUHIS 1 – 0 OKESS
KUHIS qualified for finals
2. PREMPEH 1 – 1 KASS
KASS qualified on penalties for FINALS

3RD/4TH PLACE MATCH
PREMPEH 0 – 1 OKESS
FINALS
KASS 0 – 0 KUHIS
KUHIS WINS THE DAY (4-2 Pen)

 

 

• ORIENTATION VISITS
This year witnessed an intensification of the cluster/zonal/District orientation programme which was highly successful. The first orientation was organized in the first term to 20 schools and 76 in the third term. The officers, Executives, and some APEC members were put into three teams to spearhead the exercise .All teams commenced on the second week of May through to the last week of June 2017. The orientation exercise was designed to equip members of the Local SRCs with effective leadership skills and introduce them to the tenets, principles and practices of the Students Representative Council it covered the following areas;
• Introduction to the SRC concept
• effective leadership skills and students leadership
• overview of tertiary education in Ghana
• role of LSRCs in the schools administration
• An Eagle approach to succeeding in a competitive environment.
The exercise was designed also to benefit the following people who constituted the Local SRCs of the various member schools;
All Local SRC Executives;
All Class Representatives 2 Representatives of all Religious and denominational Group
2 Representatives of all Clubs, Cadets or any other recognized Group on Campus
All L.G Executives

Below are the schools oriented both in the first and second term
KNUST SHS OSEI KYERTWIE SHS ST.HUBERT SEM SHS GYAAMAN PENSAN SHS AL-AHZARRIYA ISLAMIC SHS SDA SHS, AGONA
DWAMENA AKENTEN SHS SERWAA NYARKO SHS ADVENTIST SHS, KUMASI
YAA ASANTEWAA GIRLS SHS OBUASI SHTS ST MARY’S SHS
KONONGO ODUMASE SHS ST. MONICA SHS ADUMAN SHS
AFUA KOBI AMPEM SHS SDA SHS, BEKWAI ASANTEMAN SHS
TWENEBOA KODUA SHS ANGLICAN SHS, KUMASI KTI
EJISUMAN SHS EJISU SHTS SAKAFIA SHS
ST. LOUIS SHS KUMASI HIGH SCHOOL OSEI TUTU SHS
ADU GYAMFI SHS METHODIST SHTS KUMASI GIRLS
PREMPEH COLLEGE NEW MISSION ACADEMY KWASI OPPONG SHS
ST JEROME SHS OSEI TUTU II COLLEGE ST MICHEALS SHS
OFOASE KOKOBEN SHS ST JOSEPH SHTS OPPONG MEMORIAL SHS
DENYASEMAN SHS WESLEY HIGH SCHOOL, BEKWAI JACOBU SHS
CHRIST THE KING SHS ADANWOMASE SHS ANTOA SHS
BONWIRE SHS AMANIAMPONG SHS KOFIASE ADVENTIST SHS
TOASE SHS NKAWIE SHTS WESLEY HIGH, KONONGO
JUASO SHS ISLAMIC SHS IDEAL COLLEGE
ANGEL EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX KSTS KUMASI ACADEMY.
PARKOSO SHS TAWHEED SHS ACHINAKROM SHS
NEW EDUBIASE SHS DOMPOASE SHS BODWESANGO SHS
T I AMASS, FOMENA AGOGO STATE OWERRIMAN SHS
COLLINS COMM. SHS DADEASE AGRIC SHS EFFIDUASI COMM. SHTS
T I AMASS GIRLS, ASOKORE EFFIDUASE SHTS KOMFO ANOKYE SHS
AGONA SHTS KONADU YIADOM SIMMS COMM. SHS
OUR LADY OF GRACE KOFI AGYEI SHS

• PATRONS MEETING
The 8th Local Patrons meeting was organized on the 24th June 2017 at Kumasi Technical Institute’s auditorium. The total number of patrons at the meeting were 80patron. The meeting under the distinguished chairmanship of the Regional Patron and Headmaster of Armed Forces SHTS; Col. Amadu -Mahama Abukari. Below was the agenda for the meeting was;
• THE STATE OF THE ARSRC
• 2017 CONGRESS
• ANY OTHER BUSINESS
These items were well deliberated by all the patrons for greater results to direct the affairs of the council in subsequent programmes. The meeting was graced by the outgoing officers –in-charge of the ARSRC (Mr Joe Koranteng) and the new officer – in -charge of the ARSRC (Mr. Stephen Ofori). They both gave their respective messages to the patrons. The regional Director also graced the meeting with her representative; Mr Joe.K Koranteng. Her representative read her message and admonished all the patrons to continue and improve the works they are doing;

• LAST GENERAL MEETING
The Last General Meeting this year was organized on the 1st July 2017 at Armed Forces SHTS. The meeting was chaired by the Regional President, Hon. Lamptey Samuel Odartey. It was attended by 91 member schools. Below was the agenda for the meeting;
• Orientation
• Congress 2017
• Awards committee
• Any other Credible Business
There was also zonal meeting where the trustees and their member schools interacted, some individual regional executives aspirants were introduced to their members for support and familiarization. The Regional Literary Group auditioning was organized concurrently with the last general meeting to select members for the Regional LG. Both patrons and APEC members were present to support the last general meeting

LOCAL ACTIVITIES
The second, third and fourth days of the SRC week was celebrated at the local SRC level where the various local SRC’s were tasked to embark on a local activity which aimed at making all students participate in the week-long celebration. Activities held across the various schools included clean up excersies , time with their head of institution, seminars, games, quiz etc. During the activities, the regional officers went round some selected schools for visitation and to check the ongoing local SRC activities. Below are some of the schools that we randomly picked and visited-Akumadan SHS, KNUST SHS, Aduman SHS, and Anglican SHS, Kumasi.

INNOVATIONS
Mr. Chairman, we adopted a number of innovative meaures to whip up interest in the Council, make the council more relevant and impactful to our members. Some of the meaures and programmes we adoted to achieve this target included;
• All-on-board and none-left-out policy which is geared towards getting every school to participate in all activities of the Council. With this approach, some schools that were prenial absentees at our programmes are now present partaking in our programmes. Mr. Chairman, we are proud to say that 98 member schools were present at our last general meeting
• Publicity drive: Mr. Chairman another significant mention is our publicity drive which saw us adopt strategies to make the presence of the council felt throuhg the power of the media. With this, we entered into partnership with EIB Group (Ultimate, Abusua fm and Gh One TV) who gave us significant publicity for all our programmes. Other media friends also gave us attention.
• Mr. Chairman, the Council’s news website ashsrc.com made significant waves with our publications and gave the council a lot of mileage as it became a one stop shop of all SHS news.
• Mr. Chairman, the Council played a significant role as a pressure group in seeking the interests of its members with our periodic press statements on varous issues millitating against students.
• Improved Communication: Mr. Chairman, the Council adopted strategies to improve its communication with member schools. Direct calls, bulk messaging system, various social media platforms, official letters etc.
• Mr. Chairman, programmes like Leavers Explo, Gala Competition and Health walk were some of the new programmes introduced. These programmes went a long way to give the Council a lot of mileage.
• Mr. Chairman, we also contributed meaningfully to national debates on senior high school issues. We had our say on politics in the classroom which triggered a documentary investigation from Multimedia, the free SHS policy, delays in the release of governement subvention to schools.

CHALLENGES
• A number of schools failed to participate in the celebrations while others were selective in which programmes to attend in the programmes outlined for the celebrations
• The huge patronage by students during the anniversary walk overwhelmed the few security personnel who were duty to ensure crowd control. Some patrons and other people had to support to control the crowd.
• The late arrival of member schools at venues for programmes delayed the commencement of some of the programmes and eventually the closing was affected.
• The literary group competition received massive patronage to depict the interest of students in entertainment programmes. The huge patronage affected the closing time at some of the venues causing the suspension of the proceedings at Prempeh College.

RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Heads of institutions and Local SRC Patrons should ensure the participation of their schools in the programs to ensure maximum benefit of the local SRC while schools that blatantly refuse to participate in regional activities with no excuse should be questioned.;l
2. The anticipated number of student that participated in the walk exceeded our projected figure. Strict enforcement of numbers should be ensured in all programmes so that budgetary allocation for the organization of the programmes will not be exceeded
3. Strangely, school based in Kumasi almost always are late for programmes compared to distant member schools. This does not auger well as the others take a cue from this and also arrive late for programmes. School authorities and patrons should facilitate the movement of their schools on time to avoid perennial lateness to programmes.
4. The Literary Group Competition received massive patronage from schools and the three zones which was created for the elimination round proved to be inadequate as the closing time was affected. We recommend the creation of four elimination centers to ensure that the competition will close early enough for schools to get back on time

SPECIAL THANKS
1. Regional Director and GES Regional Directorate
2. Regional Patron and all Local Patrons
3. IBSS/Prof Quarm
4. APEC
5. Ogazy Eccentrics
6. LG Directors- Benjamin Ohene Mensah. – Ogazy, Ebo Smith Junior –
7. All institutions that hosted us this year-Prempeh College, Kumasi Girls, Kings College, T.I AMASS-Kumasi, SDA SHS, Bekwai, Opoku Ware, KTI, Kumasi Wesley Girls, Kumasi Polytechnic and Armed Forces SHTS
8. All Heads of Institutions for the support given us

CONCLUSION
The 2015/2016 year has been a challenging one, but also interestingly a monumental one. The various activities of the Council were overwhelmingly patronized, thereby being indicative of the growing love and understanding of SRC. We have to lace up our boots for the meandering road ahead. We would strive to be better, bigger and greater. God bless us All. Duly submitted to congress for perusal and acceptance.

Yours-In-Service,
RAPHAEL SARKODIE
(REG. COORDINATOR)

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