Feb 1, 2021, 3:18 PM
Class of 1980 alumni at St. Joseph High School on Tuesday handed over the baton to Class of 1981 at a symbolic ceremony held at the school ground in Banjul.
The event was also designed to raise public awareness about the association and its programmes and activities.
The event was graced by the current and immediate past principals, Messrs. Lamin Ceesay and Karamo S. Bojang respectively.
At the forum, the principal of the school, Mr. Lamin Ceesay disclosed that Nusrat is a household name in the country’s educational system and even in the sub-region.
“This is for the simple reason that at Nusrat both past and current students distinguished themselves to the very high level of discipline, academic excellence.”
Starting out in 1971, Nusrat Senior Secondary School has over the years carved a niche for itself in academic excellence, thanks to its team of dedicated tutors.
“We believe that the contribution of the press to the success of our forthcoming Golden Jubilee celebration which will last for a week is highly solicited.”
For his part, Mr. Karamo S. Bojang, who served as principal for over 30 years, said every school has two systems, which includes the academic and infrastructural systems.
The academic system at Nusrat, he said, is fine but the infrastructure is very bad compared to other schools.
He jokingly indicated that he always feels ashamed of his school in terms of infrastructural development. However, he added that in terms of academic excellence, he is always proud of himself when the results come out in any examinations.
“The central government does not put money in the maintenance and upkeep of the schools, so to find a way out of that bondage, we decided to maintain and renovate the school before October. And in that regard, we are asking for assistance from every concerned Gambian especially from the past students of the school wherever they are. The current principal threatened to close the school if the renovations are not done and I personally supported him on that idea because as it stands right now, the school is in serious need of renovation.”
With classrooms to be built in observance of the golden jubilee anniversary, Bojang maintained that they want to celebrate this Golden Jubilee in grand style.
“Students from the school today are manning key positions at the medical school, the police force, the army, the teaching profession, banking and even at the University of The Gambia.” he concluded.
Constituted in October 2020, the Nusrat Ex-Students Association (NESA) has cardinal objective of contributing to the growth and development of their former school. The non-profit making association plans to establish a scholarship fund to support the education of high-achieving students from underprivileged backgrounds.
The International Organisation for (IOM) in collaboration with partners such as the International Trade Centre (ITC), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Gambia Government has launched a joint Migration Trust Fund Programme.