NAVASCO holds 2016 homecoming
| Updated Feb 18, 2017 at 2:00am
The Navrongo Senior High School popularly known as ‘NAVASCO’ has held it homecoming for the year 2016 with a call on students to uphold to the academic discipline that the school is noted for.
Addressing the gathering, the National President of the old student Association, Alhaji Mohammed Haroon, said the academic success of the school was not achieved on a silver platter but rather hard-work and discipline, which he noted, had taken a nose dive, considering the level of truancy and student unrest recorded in recent times.
Alhaji Haroon urged the students to swiftly adopt to the can do spirit by pursuing their academic career with the tenets of discipline.
He also challenged past students of the school to support a worthy cause by contributing their quota to addressing the infrastructural challenges of the school.
This year’s homecoming of Navascans was on the theme “Moving NAVASCO to academic excellence" the role of stakeholders.
"NAVASCO" will forever be grateful to Ghana's first President Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as he wrote in the school’s visitors book on the day of its opening," This school has a great future and I shall watch it progress with great interest’’.
This inspirational words from Dr. Nkrumah has left an indelible virtue as the school continue to grow from strength to strength.
Established on October 26, 1960 with the motto "Lux Borealis" meaning the light of the north, NAVASCO serves not only the indigenes of Navrongo but also students from the northern and upper regions.
The school which began as a mixed school with only 67 students, can now boast of a student population of 2, 170, comprising 1,466 males and 704 females.
The school since its inception has made modest gains and had consistently proven to be one of the best schools noted for its academic excellence.
However, 2016 homecoming of Nabia as they profess to be called was to acknowledge the sterling academic performance of the school and also a platform for past and present students to fraternise and take stock of their alma mater.
In his welcome address, the National President of Nabia, Alhaji Mohammed Haroon, said the essence of the homecoming was to revisit and revitalise the can do spirit that the school is noted for.
He said the prospects of the school should be of paramount concern to all past and present students of Nabia, therefore all hands must be on deck in propelling its overall development especially at a time when it prepares adequately to climax its 60th anniversary come 2020.
Alhaji Haroon urged his colleagues to unite and support the school in fixing its infrastructure deficit.
The Headmistress of the school, Francisca Yizura impressed on the students to remain discipline and not relent in achieving their academic desires.
She said considering the challenges of the school coupled with the increased student population, the school has not compromise on its academic standards and dominance in other extra-curricular activities including sports, debates and national competitions.
She announced that the school was currently preparing students for this year’s National science and math quiz.
Mrs. Yizura said that though there was an improved performance in last year’s WASSCE exam, there were still some deficiencies in the area of science and mathematics and appealed to all Nabia to assist the school institute a student award scheme each term to help create competition among students.
Fifty-six years down the lane, NAVASCO had produced prominent individuals who have served various capacities in government and academia with many others blazing the trail in the high echelons of the public services in the country.
Notable among “Nabia” include the first Minister for Power, Kwabena Donkor, Professor David Miller, founder Miller Open University, William Amona, CEO of GRIDCO and Clement Bugase, CEO Community Water and Sanitation Agency.
Others include renowned private legal practitioner, lawyer John Ndebugri, former Majority Leader of Parliament, Cletus Avoka, as well as the immediate past Director General of the GHS, Dr. Elias Sore.
According to them, discipline hard-work and self-motivation were the hallmark behind the school’s academic success.
Prof Miller later launched the Nabia Endowment Fund meant to solicit financial support to address the infrastructural challenges confronting the school.
This year’s event saw the presence of some pioneers of the school as well as representatives of sister schools in the region.