The 1992 year group of the Northern School of Business (NOBISCO) has honoured Mr Paul Jakpa Kelly, a past teacher of the school who was considered at the time to be a strict disciplinarian.
The honour was to show appreciation for Mr Kelly’s immense contributions to their lives when they were students in spite of his insistence on students adhering to school regulations. He was presented with a citation and an undisclosed amount of money.
In the 90s, Mr Kelly was perceived by many of his students to be a very “wicked” teacher because of his strict enforcement of disciplinary rules.
Addressing students on the occasion, the President of the group, who also doubles as the principal of Bagabaga Training College (BATCO), Mr Sulemana Iddrisu, advised students to respect their teachers and take their studies seriously if they want to succeed in life.
He also urged them not to see their teachers as enemies and obstacles to their progress but should make them their friends and partners in success.
The citation, he said, is to encourage teachers to work hard to help students become responsible adults in future. The group also donated 210 exercise books and an amount of one thousand Ghana cedis to the four victims of the Dakpema dormitory fire disaster.
Chief Saabana, Abass Salifu, who is the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Dakpema and a past student of the school, on his part, stated that the initiative was a collaborative effort of the group to honour Mr Kelly as a good and decent man.
Mr Jakpa, upon receiving the award, expressed his profound gratitude to the group for honouring him.
By Veronica Koranteng