With copies of the recently launched book, Understanding English Literature, Wesley Girls ‘ High School in Cape Coast was presented at a brief ceremony at the school.
Presenting the books priced at GHc6,000, the author, Ms Mercy Catherine Adjabeng, who is the school’s former English Language and Literature teacher, said she was happy to support the school in pursuing its academic excellence.
“I was part of the school because I have been teaching here for several years and it is a great pleasure to support the school by using these books to sustain its academic excellence.”
Mrs Adjabeng described the book as a timely move, adding that she was optimistic that the book would improve students ‘ academic performance in English and Literature classes because “it takes down the basic concepts and techniques of literature that make students believe the topic is difficult.”
“Literature teachers can also use the book as a facilitator’s handbook to provide additional information for their teaching. This is because the book ultimately aims to provide a complete guide for general reading, study, and an easy approach to understanding and enjoying literature.
A total of 193,882 candidates representing 61.67 per cent did not obtain the pass mark for the English Language in the 2018 WASSCE to allow them to be admitted to the University. Of this total, 68,002 have opted for F9 or failed in the English Language at 21.6 per cent. This is undermining its country’s economic capital and sustainable development.
The school’s senior housewife, Mrs.Joyce Opare, who collected the gift on behalf of the headmistress, Mrs.Kay Oppong-Ankomah, told the author that she would be proud of the school. “I would like to express our gratitude on behalf of the Headmistress and the school. Please be assured that we will be able to ensure that these books are used successfully to reflect in academic performance in general and in particular on and beyond the 2020 West African Schools Certificate Examinations (WASSCE)
Mrs Adjabeng also thanked her main sponsors; Stanbic Bank Ghana, I-ZAR Group, Mr Kwame Asante, Effe Farms and Trading Enterprise. She also commended the Wesley Girls ‘ PTA vice president, Dr.Eric Oduro-Osae, and some school parents who sponsored the gift. She was also grateful for their warm reception to the headmistress, staff and students.
The author also urged various school parents and past students to support other schools in purchasing copies for their libraries and book shops. “I will encourage parents and former students to purchase copies for schools to improve their English literature results”