one swallow does not make a summer, it is but essential that we commend the
Gambia Senior Secondary School (GSSS or better still Gambia High) for producing
the best results in the 2016/17 West African Senior Secondary School
Certificate Examination (WASSCE), with Dominic Arthur coming out with a result
with flying colours, having scored A in all nine subjects.
There are also other impressive results posted by students of the school, which include 7As with 2Bs, and 5As with 4Bs.
These impressive results was not a bolt from the blue; it was as a result of a combination of factors, which can be attributed to the responsible manner and teaching or schooling methodology of the school’s administration and teaching staff.
The excellent performance of the students as well can also be linked to the efforts they invested in going to school, attending classes, listening to lectures and reading their books, for it is said the secret to success is preparation and hard work, as well as learning from failure where it has occurred.
We would therefore like to commend the Gambia Senior Secondary School administration and teachers for giving the students what it takes to come out with such impressive results, especially that this is the first time the school has produced students with such excellent results.
Indeed the school has emulated the performance of others, and it is therefore expected that other schools in the country would be challenged to do even more than Gambia High.
We must at this juncture state that learning and understanding subject matter rests not entire on receiving lectures from teachers or lecturers but also on the efforts and hard work invested in studying at home what is taught in school and reading books of various disciplines, with the support of parents and guardians.
The renowned and all-time best footballer of the world, Pele, once said: “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
The fact of the matter remains that the school administration and teaching staff of Gambia High, as well as the students of the school, did their homework, and with the blessing of the almighty God, they were able to produce such excellent results, which is to the pride of the school, the students and families as well as the nation of The Gambia in the midst of other English West African countries that conduct similar exams.
Therefore keep it up Gambia High, Dominic Arthur and the other students, even of other schools in the country, who have done so well in making us proud! Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today, says Malcolm X.
“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success”