An old student presents a plaque to P.J. Moss
Posted on: www.dailyguideghana.com
By William Yaw Owusu
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
A founding member of Nkawkaw Senior High School (KAWSEC) in the Eastern Region, Reverend Peter John Moss has been honoured by the Old Students Association of the school.
The colourful ceremony, held in Accra last Thursday, was in recognition of the tremendous contributions of British reverend minister to the development of the school in its formative years in 1969 after it was changed from Nkawkaw Methodist Training College.
According to the old students, P.J. Moss, as they affectionately call him, arrived in Ghana in 1969 at the age of 28 with a strong passion to develop education in Ghana to nurture future leaders.
Welcoming Rev Moss, who is currently a priest of the Anglican Church in the United Kingdom (UK), Daniel Owusu -Koranteng, Chairman of the association said, “It is an honour to have P.J. Moss back. He impacted our lives some four decades ago.”
He said “he gave us quality education and accepted us the way we were. P.J. Moss was everything to us.”
“He was a teacher, organist, counselor, school secretary and everything. They built us up when society had almost forgotten about us.”
Mr. Owusu-Koranteng, who is the General Secretary of Maritime Dockworkers Union (MDU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) said “we have unsung heroes who played critical roles in the education of many people who would have ended up on the streets. We have to celebrate people who develop our human capital.”
Dr. Robert Forson, current headmaster of the school, said the school’s population had grown considerably but it lacks the needed infrastructure.
“Our water system is very poor. Students struggle to get water. We have only three boreholes, one of which has been taken over by the surrounding community,” he said, adding “there are problems with our furniture due to their excessive use and we use the same dining hall for every school activity.
“We virtually do not have a vehicle since all of them have almost broken down,” he added.
He urged past students of the school to link up in order to sustain the alumni and continuously protect the interest of the school.
A citation on the plaque presented to P.J. Moss read: “He inculcated in us qualities of integrity, hard work and excellence which have distinguished us in our public and private endeavours.”
“The sacrifice of Rev. Moss has developed us into very useful citizens who are making positive contributions to nation-building in many areas.
“We dedicate our eventual success in many fields of endeavour to the strong foundation in education and the moral values which Rev. Moss sacrificed to build for us.”