Discussions in parliament took a refreshing turn when statements made yesterday had most parliamentarians arguing over which senior high school is the best in the country.
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Hon Adena Osei-Asare, New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Atiwa East in the Eastern Region, made an initial statement speaking on the 180th anniversary of the Wesley Girls High School. An anniversary which happens to fall to today.
Hon Abena Osei-Asare's comment triggered a comment from Hon Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, MP for Cape Coast South, to the effect that Wesley Girls High School is perceived as the best school in the region, and that the Cape Coast Region in general is home to the best schools in the country.
Hon Ricketts-Hagan's comment soon had many MPs - most of which were male - contesting the assertion.
NPP MP for Old Tafo, Anthony Akoto Osei, also put in his two cents. According to him, Greater Accra is the region that held the best schools in the country, with Achimota - which happens to be his alma mater - being one of them.
Female MP's who attended Wesley Girls High School like Zenator Rawlings, NDC MP for Klottey-Korley and Babara Asher Ayisi, NPP MP for Cape Coast North, couldn't help but come to Hon Kweku Ricketts-Hagan's defense saying that Wesley Girls High School, affectionately referred to as "Wey Gey Hey" by former students of the school ('Old Girls'), had produced many women of integrity who have contributed immensely to the country's development.
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Hammer in on her point, Hon Abena Osei-Asare mentioned the names of former students of Wesley Girls who went on to do great things, particularly the late Dr Mrs Mary Grant, first female doctor in Ghana; Prof Florence Dolphyne, first female Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana; Dr Mrs Sylvia Boye, first female registrar of the West African Examination Council (WAEC); Dr Mrs Rosina Aboagyewaa Acheampong, first female Ghanaian headmistress of the school and first Deputy Director General of the Ghana Education Service as well as Squadron Leader Melody Danquah, first female pilot of the Ghana Air Force.
NPP MP for Ablekuma North, Hon Akua Afriyie, said that these anniversaries were opportunities for MPs to encourage students of less privileged educational institutions to strive harder to become useful citizens.
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