The 133 years celebration of the Methodist Boys’ High School, which was heightened by their speech day and prize giving ceremony, was held at their school grounds, Kissy Mess Mess in Freetown.
The principal for the senior secondary school, Nathaniel A Pearce in his keynote address, said “for 133 years, the MBHS has been in the business of providing education in West Africa.”
He said as Ghana celebrated 50 years of independence, the MBHS celebrated with her because the MBHS contributed to it somehow, as the man who was to become the first Chief Justice of Ghana, Sir Kobina Aku-Korsah, was initiated into MBHS tradition on the 28th of June 1909 and given the admission No 1453.
The principal pointed out that all along the West Coast and farther a field to Fernandopo they could still claim kin.
He stated that back home the school had made its mark on all areas of human endeavour: the Christian ministry, in law, medicine, business, creative and performing arts, teaching, school and university administration and politics.
Mr Nathaniel Pearce went on that “the accolade Athens of West Africa has in the past given us warmth which follows a good dream. We always feel we have been there, we have had it all … We now realize that the relatively high standard of education was restricted to very few areas, that at least one particular geo-political area benefited more than others; that our education focused on white coloured expertise paying little attention to the middle level science and technological sector; and that there was great gender imbalance in the access to education”
The MBHS SSS principal averred that these structural defects made the spread of education within the country slower than in other countries in the sub-region.
He commended the education sector plan covering 2007-2015, describing it as the “latest trophy of our indefatigable minister” which he said “has at its substratum the now acceptable magic word- quality.”
The principal said this sector plan mapped out among other responsibilities and desires, the achievement of quality universal primary education; the provision of improved resource needs through higher education; the provision of improved literacy and skills training and meeting the needs of teachers.
He went on to give a status report of the school and highlighted that the school had over the years been consistent with improvements in its BECE performance and a slight improvement in the WASCE performance, noting that the best results for 2006 was nine credits and that the subject with the best overall number of passes was government and mathematics ranked the lowest.
Mr Pearce also talked about the visit of the Prince of Wales on Tuesday 28th November 2006 and informed that the school had kept the link Clarence House, the official residence of the Prince of Wales through the director of international programmes for the Prince’s foundation for the built environment