PRESEC-Legon confers an award on Speaker of Parliament

The Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School (PRESEC), Legon, has conferred the Highest Grand Companion of the Touch Award on the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye.

The award, comprising a medallion gold chain and a special ‘Odade3’ sword, is in recognition of the Speaker’s immeasurable and generous contributions and dedication to the progress of his alma mater.

Mr David Odjidja (4th left) presenting a sword to Professor Mike Oquaye. Looking on are Mr Emmanuel Akyemvi (3rd left), Assistant Headmaster, Administration; Mr Paul Kofi (left), Senior Housemaster, and Rev. Erasmus Laryea (2nd right), Chaplain, all of PRESEC, and Mr Leonard Akuffo-Kwapong (2nd left), the Global Organiser of PRESEC Old Boys. Picture: Emmanuel Quaye

The award was conferred on Prof. Oquaye by a delegation from PRESEC, led by the Headmaster, Mr David Odjidja, at the Speaker’s Office in Parliament House yesterday.

During the school’s 80th anniversary celebration on November 30, 2019, similar awards were conferred on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Board Chairman of the school, Rev. Dr E. M. Markwei, and Mr Francis Biney, an old student of the 1990 Year Group.


A citation accompanying the award, which was read by the Assistant Headmaster in charge of Administration of PRESEC, Mr Emmanuel Akyeamvi, said: “The minute corn planted in the soil of the Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School in 1958 has grown into a giant oak tree.

You have distinguished yourself as an Odade3 by rising to become the Speaker of Parliament of the Republic of Ghana. And in your growing, you have never forgotten the mother that nursed you. You epitomise that indefatigable past student who is ever willing to respond to the call of his alma mater.

“Your sustained commitment to promote the image of PRESEC, Legon, and inspiring students to be life-long learners is manifested in your generous contributions towards the refurbishing of an ICT laboratory, building of an E-library, improvement in the lighting system in the school, the furnishing of the PRESEC Alumni Mentorship Centre, the setting up of the Odade3 Endowment Fund and the sponsoring of awards for staff and students,” it added.


In response, Prof. Oquaye urged the school to focus on achieving quality results and not just 100 per cent passes, saying that obtaining 100 per cent was no longer an achievement since many schools were also getting similar results.

“The quality of the results should be more important, and if half of the school is getting 8As, that is what we can boast about,” he said and urged the headmaster to introduce policies which would help monitor the success rate of teachers.

Prof. Oquaye also suggested that the school should place students’ WASSCE results on the notice board to help the students easily identify the subjects in which they were performing better as part of measures to put teachers on their toes.

He expressed happiness over PRESEC’s ability to maintain the high academic standards it had set for itself over the decades, an achievement which he said had made the alumni develop a keen interest in the affairs of the school.

“During our days, the school was virtually a collection of all head prefects of all Presbyterian and Salem junior high schools in the country. The materials for the school were strong and we need to maintain that standard.

“You have many people subscribing to the school, which means you have the opportunity to choose the best and do not be moved by other considerations in order to get the best to obtain the best results,” the Speaker advised.

Ensuring discipline

Mr Odjidja said the school authorities would not compromise the discipline PRESEC was noted for and gave an assurance that “the Godly factor is still high on our agenda”.

“This is to ensure that students do not just go out with good grades; they should also be students who can fit well in society,” he said.

According to the headmaster, 17 of the candidates of the school who wrote the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) last year scored eight As, with many others obtaining six and seven As.

“This year, we want to make history, and that is an assurance we are giving to you, Mr Speaker,” he said, adding that the school was also poised to emerge the best in this year’s National Science and Maths Quiz.

How To Surprise🎁 Your Girlfriend👩‍👧On Her Birthday🎂

In fact, some of the best gifts are ones that come from the heart rather than being expensive or elaborate. Try one of these ideas for making your girlfriend feel special on her birthday:

Do something she has wanted to do for a long time.

Surprise your girlfriend on her birthday by doing something she has wanted to do for a long time.

Here are some ideas:

  • Go for a morning jog with her at the park.
  • Volunteer at the animal shelter together, cleaning cages and feeding dogs or cats. If you have kids, you could also bring them along when they're old enough to help out as well! This will be a great bonding experience for everyone involved!
  • Take her on an adventure in nature like hiking up a mountain or exploring caves nearby (if there are any). It's important that you plan ahead so she doesn't get hurt while trying these activities though! Also, make sure they aren't too strenuous since women tend to not have as much energy as men do even if they look good doing it too 😉

Go somewhere she has always wanted to go.

As a rule of thumb, we suggest that you take your girlfriend somewhere she has always wanted to go, but never had the time. This can be anything from a trip to the beach or concert to an amusement park or weekend getaway at a fancy hotel. The point is for you both to enjoy yourselves and have fun together!

If you want to do something really special for your lady love on her next birthday, book tickets for her favourite band taking over the town in two weeks—but don't tell her about it yet! This will keep her on her toes during their concert date and make her feel loved after all this effort from you!

Take her on an unconventional date.

A unique date can be the perfect way to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. When you take a girl out for the first time, you have to impress her and show her that you are not just any guy.

If she's never been to the place where you're taking her for dinner or drinks, then it'll definitely leave an impression on your woman.

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You don't have to go overboard with this one; just try something new and exciting! Even if what you choose is not extravagant or expensive, she will appreciate that special effort was made in order for her enjoyment - even more so when she realizes that all other guys wouldn't bother doing such things for their girlfriends' birthdays (or at all).

Get her a thoughtful gift.

When you're looking for the perfect birthday gift for your girlfriend, it's important to keep in mind that she will actually use and appreciate what you get her. A thoughtful gift is one that is special to you, but also something she will appreciate. You can take this a step further by making the gift yourself—this shows that you put a lot of thought into it!

A few ideas:

  • Paint her favourite picture of herself on canvas (or another medium) using watercolours or acrylics
  • Make a scrapbook filled with photos of your favourite memories together and write captions as captions were written back when people still wrote on paper instead of computers (which means they're handwritten)

Spend more time with her than you usually do.

As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. This is especially true when it comes to your girlfriend of four years who has been feeling neglected lately and has been complaining that she wants more time with you.

You could take her out for a fancy dinner or buy her a gift, but those are all things that have been done in the past by other people and they might not be as special to her as they once were. Instead, why not spend more time together?

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important for couples to make time for each other even when life gets busy; this can help keep the spark alive in any relationship!

Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.

  • Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.
  • Go for a walk in the park, go for a hike, or get a babysitter and go to a movie.
  • Take your girlfriend to an art gallery or museum and look at all the paintings together.
  • Go to an amusement park that she's never been to before (but don't forget her birthday present).
  • Go see a comedian perform live with your girlfriend so that he can make jokes about how old you both are!

Bring her flowers or a small gift when she least expects it.

Flowers are a classic gift that any woman would love to receive on her birthday. The most important thing to know is what kind of flowers she likes best, so do some research and make sure you know your girl's favourite flower before you go out and buy it.

If you're not sure, ask her friends or family members what they think she would like.

Another thing you can do with flowers is getting creative with the presentation. You could wrap them up in cellophane and place them in a small box filled with tissue paper or put them in a vase and bring that to her house.

This can be done by asking the florist for help if you aren't sure how to arrange them yourself!

Don't forget to include a card or note explaining why they're special: "Happy Birthday" or some form of gratitude might be enough depending on how well you know each other at this point (if not yet).

Give her a private dance party.

If you want to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday, then the best way is to invite her over for a private dance party.

You could play some of her favourite songs, or even make up a song that describes how much she means to you. You can even put on some fancy clothes and dance with her. The most important thing is to make it special because after all, this is the woman who has been by your side since the beginning.

If she doesn't like dancing and prefers to sit back and watch others do their thing, then just make sure that she feels comfortable watching from afar before joining the fun!

Bring back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.

One of the best ways to surprise her is by bringing back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.

The best way to bring back a happy memory is by showing her something that reminds you both of that memory, like photos or videos. You can also share stories about how funny it was, and how much fun you had together.

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For example, if she always laughs when you say “I love dinosaurs” in a really annoying voice, then saying “I love dinosaurs” in your most annoying voice would be a great way to surprise her on her birthday!

You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money

You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money.

Spending time with her and doing something she has always wanted to do is one of the best ways to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. You can also surprise her by buying her a thoughtful gift.

To make this gift special, you can add a personal touch that not everyone else will have thought of. For example, if your girlfriend likes chocolate then you could buy her some chocolates but add a personal message inside each box so that only they know what it says.


You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show how much you care about your girlfriend. If you want to do something special for her birthday, just think about what she likes and try to make it happen.

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