By Jude Abanseka
Parents of students of St. Albert's Comprehensive College, SACC, Bafut have resolved to reward hardworking staff and students from 2012/2013 Academic Year. The incentive has been increased to FCFA 1, 000,000 and 500,000 for teachers and students respectively.
The decision was arrived at the end of the college 7th Parents Teachers Association, PTA Annual General Meeting, AGM. SAAC has scored 100 percent in its first two General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level exams and shall be sitting for its first Advanced Level exams this academic year. SAAC plans to record 100 percent while maintaining the same score at the Ordinary Level.
The PTA also resolved that the principal shall determine the modalities for giving out incentives to deserving staff members. Meanwhile, parents shall continue to encourage teachers in their arduous task to guarantee excellence.
Parents also resolved to be patient and respect those who assist them in educating their children. Considering that education cannot be successful without self-discipline, it was resolved that parents shall cooperate with the administration to ensure students' proper conduct and any student caught scaling the fence or selling stolen books shall be dismissed instantly.
In the same vein parents shall check what their children bring to school and what they bring to them on visiting days and during PTAs. Food and other items the school has not approved shall not be accepted.
In line with the PTA's plan for all students to have a stress- free education, a charity fund shall be instituted. Each student will contribute FCFA 500 which the principal shall exclusively and judiciously manage following carefully worked out modalities.
The PTA meeting opened with Holy Mass which the school chaplain, Rev. Fr. Anthony Lawir, celebrated. In his homily, he exhorted parents, teachers and students to carry out their assigned tasks diligently. He added God wants that they be committed and busy to fulfil their God-given assignments.
Fr. Lawir said parents are expected to support the school to ensure the proper education of their children. He said they should never ever imagine they love their children more than the authorities. He enjoined them to rather join the authorities to help their children become more responsible.
He then enjoined students to love their college and be truthful, determined, humble, open, loyal, patient, studious, prayerful, duty conscious, hardworking and obedient to their parents and teachers. He told them they shall reap only what they sow.
The PTA meeting followed the Eucharistic celebration. In his report, the PTA president, Jude Waindim, gave a report of what the executive had achieved during their two-year mandate. He said SACC PTA raised teacher and student incentive to FCFA 1.4 million, cleared all debts inherited on projects; constructed more paths within the school and graded the 2 km stretch of road to the campus. The PTA also co-sponsored the first two editions of the school magazine and the publication of two- yearly school activity chronogram which is distributed to students.
Mr Waindim then appealed to parents to respect school rules and regulations, especially by paying fees in time, not bringing cooked food to school, not giving their children electronic gadgets to bring to school and not giving them excessive pocket money. He then decried the case of gross indiscipline that goes way back to the home.
In his report the principal, Br. Francis Lukong, also condemned indiscipline citing the case of three students who narrowly escaped mob justice when caught at the Commercial Avenue selling books they had stolen from their mates. He, however, noted that generally the students are not bad.
He also decried the attitude of some parents who help to destroy students' self-discipline, self-control and self-sacrifice by sneaking things into the campus the school does not approve.
He lamented some parents and students do not consider extracurricular activities necessary for students' integral formation He was disappointed some parents did nothing about their children's indecent dressing after he wrote to them. He therefore informed parents that the school has decided to keep such students out of class. Parents authorised the principal and the authority to seize and burn indecent dress items.
He told parents the college now has two accommodation centre numbers for O and A Levels General and for A/L Commercial.
The assembly unanimously agreed that the out-going executive had done a wonderful job and their mandate was extended for the next 2 years.