Past and continuing students of Koforidua Senior High Technical School (SECTECH) joined continuing students to climax the school's 50th-anniversary celebration.
Many have described it as the best anniversary ever to have been organised by a second cycle school partly due to the standard and innovative approach adopted.
A Ghana Air Force helicopter hoisted the flag of SECTECH and thrilled residents of Koforidua and the entire Eastern Region to a display on a sunny Wednesday afternoon.
The purpose of the helicopter display, according to the president of the old boys association, Scofray Nana Yaw Yeboah, was to create awareness and depart from the traditional way of celebrating a school's anniversary.
One was certainly expecting a pageantry ceremony from Thursday when past students in Koforidua gathered at Mile 5, the entry point of Koforidua to welcome colleagues who had travelled in a convoy from Shiashie in Accra amidst honking of horns. They roamed the principal streets of Koforidua with a candle-light procession.
They could not hide their love and admiration. They decorated their vehicles with SECTECH paraphernalia.
It was followed with the official opening of the renovated plush school entrance and fire cracking that lasted for about ten minutes.
Before that, Pro Vice-chancellor of KNUST Rev Prof. Charles Ansah, himself a past student, was the guest speaker for the anniversary under the theme, “50 years of SECTECH in Ghana’s development; the gains, challenges and the way forward.”
It took place at the Capital View hotel.
A durbar on Saturday climaxed the anniversary.
Guest speaker Dr Samuel Yaw Annor, CEO of National Health Insurance Authority address the gathering under the theme “re-defining educate for service to meet current and future economic demands in Ghana.”
He noted with regret that, Ghana is not among the top technological nations in Africa after 50 years of secondary technical education.
He called on Ghanaians to change their appetite for everything foreign and consume locally manufactured goods.
The ceremony was graced by Dr Mark Asibbey Yeboah, MP for New Juaben South; Ing. Jonathan Amoako Baah, CEO GRIDCO; Ing. Samuel Appiah Boakye, CEO of ECG, and Rev Prof. Charles Ansah, Pro-Vice Chancellor of KNUST.
Others include Prof. Samuel Odai, immediate past Pro VC of KNUST and Rev Christian Koramoah, Financial Controller of GES.
Also present were Squadron Leader Offei of the Ghana Air Force; Colonel Raph Ntumy, Major Richard Mintah of the Ghana Army; Dr Michael Lear, chairman of KATH Doctors Association; Dr Samuel Tandoh, head of Christian Health Association as well as Stephen Essien, Director for Tigo Business.