Step by Step School holds 9th graduation
Step by Step School, a pre-school and basic education institution located in Dansoman-Accra, has held its 9th graduation ceremony for its kindergarten and Junior High School (JHS) graduates.
The ceremony, which saw 20 pre-school graduates with 19 JHS graduates, also included poetry recitals, singing, dancing, cultural displays, and drama, and was well attended by teachers, management, parents and pupils.
Mavis Akua Kwainoe, the institute's proprietor, explained that the school, which has been in existence since 1997, has been churning out some of the most academically accomplished students in the country.
"With the best of training, Step by Step's graduates have gone on to attend first class Senior High Schools in the country and beyond. In the 2015 academic year, after the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results were released, we came first among all the private schools in the Greater Accra Region and third in the country," she said.
With such a performance in 2015, and backed by another stellar performance by the 2016 batch, parents, according to Ms. Kwainoe, have been rushing to place their wards in the school.
She advised the graduates to take their future studies seriously, pass with distinction and become the real future leaders this country deserves.
"These graduates should be serious with their academic works and also take their faith seriously. I encourage them to stay strong, be good ambassador for the school wherever they go and become future leaders," she added.
James Sagoe, Headteacher of the school, also was optimistic that the current graduates JHS graduates will definitely get the first class schools they chose to further their education.
"We know they will get their first choice schools because we prepared them adequately for the BECE and so we are very confident they will pass. Before the final exams, we tried them six times, four internally and two externally and they lived up to expectations," he added.
With a total of 300 students and 32 teaching and non teaching staff, Step by Step school boasts of very low intake and this has led to stiff competition among parents to get their children into the school.
"We motivate our teachers very well and so they give their best when teaching the kids. We pay them well; and train them constantly so that they meet their targets when it comes to the syllabus from the education service and other external examiners," he added.
But due to the high rate of interest, the school has plans of expanding beyond its base in Dansoman.
Ms. Kwainoe noted that the school has already acquired a 2.5acre land at Bortianor, a growing suburb of Accra and works are ongoing to commence academic work in September, when the new academic year begins.
"The plan is to build something and better at Bortianor, but will serve as the annex because Dansonan is home. We intend to go all the way to the university and with God's help we will achieve our target," she added.