The Uniform Controversy at BHSS
Uniform Controversy At the Bassa High School System
BHSAUSA learned recently that the student leadership at the school, in consultation with the school administration, proposed that the uniform be slighted altered to present a more modern appearance. This has caused a great deal of dissatisfaction among some students and parents. The main cause of contention has been the cost associated with the change. We learned that the new uniform could cost around $70 per student. Furthermore, we understand that a particular vendor was recommended to supply the uniforms. Recognizing that all fingers are not equal, many students and their parents became outraged over the high extra expense of attending a public high school, especially when the Weah government announced that public schools should be free of charge. There were plans for a peaceful protest on the campus of the institution to express dissatisfaction with the decision, and if succeeded, could cause a disruption of classes.
The two students depicted above illustrate the variations in the uniforms. The one to the left is the current uniform and to the right is the new one with a beautifully designed necktie for the seniors. It is not clear whether the issue has been resolved as of now, but we are closely monitoring the situation on the ground.
BHSS Graduates 334 Students
The 95th Graduation at the BHSS produced one the best classes. This is in terms of quantity of students and their performances on the WASSCE exams. Out of 337 students that took the exams, only 3 were unsuccessful. This was also recognized and acknowledged in the keynote address skillfully prepared and delivered by President Emeritus of the BHSAUSA, Mr. E. Nuku Reeves.
As an appreciation, Mr. Reeves gave two generous donations: $2500 to the school authorities to undertake a project of their choosing, and $1000 to the graduating class for refreshments. The BHSAUSA has a good number of high quality and generous members. Mr. Reeves is one who stands out among them all.
Solar Panel Project
The much anticipated solar panel project at BHS is finally underway. The completion of this should help ease the electricity problems plaguing the institution. A constant and reliable supply of electricity to power up the science and computer labs, the copiers and printers, as well as every aspect of operating a modern school.
A Resource Center on The BHS Campus, Operated by USAID
The BHS campus has been privileged to host a new resource center funded by USAID. The center has a variety of learning materials along with several computers to enhance the learning capabilities of the students. It is located in a building once occupied by the Grand Bassa County Community College. The building was originally designed to be a cafeteria.
The first engagement meeting between selected members of BHSAUSA and Principal Rev. Father Augustus Quoi, PTA Chairman Deacon Mabu Torbor, and CEO Nathaniel Cisco was held via zoom meeting on Sunday, August 16, 2020. Representing the BHSAUSA side were President King, VP Baigebo, Vice Chairman of the Board Nyekan, President Emeritus Reeves, Project Chairman Barnard, Grevience Chairman Dr. Butscher, Membership and Scholarship Chairs Charles & Lucinda Nagbe, Dr. Deputie, and Technology Chairman Reeves.
For his part, Principal Quoi reported on the successful launching of the digital attendance program for teachers and students. This is used to track the attendance record. He also announced the inclusion of BHS officials for the first time in the County Sitting as observers. It is an annual meeting to discuss the distribution of the County Development fund. There is a push to have them as participants in future meetings of this sort. School officials proposed to the County the establishment of a school clinic program to be manned by a Registered Nurse. It has not materialized, but might be considered in the near future.
County Education Officer Nathaniel Cisco expressed appreciation for the association's contribution to the advancement of the school. He called for further coordination between BHSAUSA and county education officials. He spoke of the electronic educational data tracking system instituted to collect data from schools all over the county.
PTA Chair Mabu Torbor spoke of the need for constant water supply for the effective function of the outside toilet. The current supply by Water and Sewer Corporation is very unstable.
There is an estimate from Contractor Steve Wreyu to address the water problem and Principal is to provide a second estimate prior to a determination being made as to which route to pursue.
These presentations were followed by a brief questions and answers period. President King promised to invite them to participate about once a quarter in our general meetings.
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Students learn to improvise during a science class experiment. Their interest in the sciences is impressive. One can only imagine how much more they will be able to do when they have a fully functioning science lab.
Chemistry Class at BHS
Bassa High School students actively engage in theoretical and practical chemistry. Courtesy of Ms. Kristen Zozulin, Peace Corps Volunteer and leading Chemistry Instructor at the institution. Since her short tenure at the school, students have been exposed to hands-on learning experiences in the sciences. It is sad that she will be ending her tour of duty shortly. We appreciate her invaluable contribution to the school and country.