The Bolgatanga Senior High School (BIGBOSS), has commemorated its 49th Anniversary, and celebrated its 8th Speech and Prize Giving Day in Bolgatanga.
The commemoration, coincided with the school’s alumni (Tangabisi) Homecoming and the Launch of its Golden Jubilee Anniversary, which comes off next year.
The ceremony, which attracted Ministers of State, Members of Parliament, Chief Executives, Traditional rulers, Directors of Education, past students of the school and members of the public, had as its theme: “Sustaining Free Quality Second Cycle Education for all Ghanaian Children; The Role of Stakeholders”.
BIGBOSS was established on October, 15th 1970 to provide opportunities for people of the Upper East Region to have access to quality education.
Alumni of the school are known as ‘Tangabisi’ and are found in every sphere of influence in the country.
The school, since its establishment, had made tremendous strides in academic, sports, cultural and extra-curricular activities.
Some of the products of the school won the first to win Best Farmer of the year secondary schools category in 1988, Best Fish Farmer in Talensi in 2018, Best Drama Club in 2017, Best School Crops Farmer in 2016, Winners of National Science and Maths Quiz Competition in 2016 among others.
Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamadu Bawumiah, in an address read on his behalf noted that such accomplishments were achieved by dent of hard work, which had contributed to make the school the true ‘Pride of the East.’
Dr Bawumiah expressed concern about the emerging canker of rioting by students at the least provocation, which often resulted into violence and the destruction of school properties, and urged schools management to help curb the menace by addressing the concerns of students as early as possible.
Madam Paulina Patience Abayage, the Upper East Regional Minister commended management of BIGBOSS for keeping the vision and mission of the school alive for almost five decades, adding that, the success stories of pioneers of the school were achieved by dent of hard work and discipline.
Madam Abayage noted that as part of government’s commitment to Free Senior High School education, more than GH¢18.6million had been allocated to undertake infrastructural projects across various Senior High Schools in the Upper East Region.
Mr Ababu Afelibek, Headmaster of the School, expressed gratitude to stakeholders for their immense contributions in keeping the school developed throughout these years.
He recalled when one of the boys’ dormitory got burnt in 2014, the DCE for Talensi at the time together with the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) supported the school by providing the students accommodation and other necessary logistics.
Mr Afelibek used the occasion to appeal to government, past students and other benevolent organizations to come to the aid of the school by renovating staff bungalows, construct more dormitories, fence the school’s wall, provide a bus to ease the transportation needs of staff and students, complete some abandoned projects among many other requests.
Awards were presented to best teachers, students, non-teaching staff, and volunteers who had distinguished themselves in their areas of responsibilities.