ST, JOSEPH’S COLLEGE SASSE
P.T.A ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING, 16TH FEBRUARY 2008
9:00 a.m. Holy Mass
11:00a.m. Procession to Hall led by College Band
· Opening prayer
· Welcome Address by P.T.A. President
· Brief Address by Principal
· Introduction of Academic Staff
· Intervention by Catholic Education Secretary, Buea Diocese
· Minutes of the last PTA Annual General Meeting
· Minutes of last P.T. A. Executive Meeting
· Financial Report
· Matters Arising from Minutes and Reports
· Presentation of Diocesan PTA Awards
· Launching of the Sales “Mountain Echoes”: P.T.A. Edition
· Intervention by Senior Discipline Master
· President’s Closing Remarks
· Closing Prayer by Principal
· Lunch, Meetings between Class Masters/Mistresses and Parents etc.
· Departure of Parents – 5:30P.M.
AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY COMMANDANT AUGUSTINE NJOTSA, P.T.A CHAIRMAN OF S.J.C. SASSE ON THE OCCASION OF THE AGM HOLDING IN SASSE COLLEGE ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2008
The Catholic Education Secretary For The Diocese of Buea,
The Principal and Staff of S.J.C. Sasse,
All Protocol Respected,
Ladies and Gentlemen.
Here we are again gathered on the occasion of the Annual General Meeting /Open Day of the P.T.A in Sasse College. It is customary that we meet at this Annual Rendez-Vous to discuss the problems of our children, meet with College Authorities, Staff and all who are taking care of our children studying in this prestigious Institution. May I take this opportunity to welcome you all to Sasse this day, on the feast of St. Julie
I will go straight away to inform the house of the changes at the helm of the College. Rev. Fr. Jervis Kebei Kewi, our former Principal was replaced by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ngwese Epie, who moved in the very capacity from a young College, precisely, St. Pius X College Ekondo –Titi which Fr. Epie opened some years back as 1st Principal of that School.
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Epie, on behalf of the Parents of these students you are administering to, here in Sasse, I take this opportunity on behalf of Parents to welcome you to Sasse. As an old boy of the College, Sasse is not new to you. Coming in now, as Principal is certainly different, because it is you who is in the driving seat but coupled with past experience I believe you are very much in a position to deliver the goods. Father, you are welcome to Sasse.
Just to remind you, the objectives of this leadership remain the same, i.e.
Ø Improving on the welfare conditions of our children, there by creating a conducive atmosphere for learning.
Ø Improving on the quality of life and welfare of the personnel in order that they produce the goods – I mean the result, that we the parents expect from the staff on an all round basis.
Talking about good results, may I announce to the House, the performance of Sasse College at the last Cameroon General Certificate of Education Examination, June 2007.
G.C.E. RESULTS 2006
SAT PASSED % PASSED
O/L 86 86 100%
A/L 74 70 94.59%
G.C.E. RESULTS 2007
SAT. PASSED % PASSED
O/L 95 94 98.90%
A/L 65 64 98.00%
No doubt, these are good results and I believe the parents can only be happy and thankful to the College authorities and staff for the hard work put in to achieve what you have before you. Please, I would like to call on the house, to give the Staff and all who contributed to this good results, A STANDING OVATION. The P.T.A. Executive democratically agreed that a sum of Two Million ( 2.000.000)francs CFA be handed over for disbursement to the entire work force as incentives for a good job well done in the year 2007.
We, the parents are encouraging you the staff and all concerned to go all out and hit a 100% target at both levels, something we are still to achieve. At this stage, I will want to dwell a little bit on the Turbulence we had here last academic year. Despite a good job done, the atmosphere in Sasse last year was very unhealthy. May I remind staff that this situation has to change and let a healthy climate reign this Academic Year. The total and unflinching support and co-operation of all the members of staff is needed to get hierarchy succeed at all levels, you have a new Principal and I believe you the Staff have to give him all your support.
Coming back to our children, I will want to tell parents and remind them that the upbringing of children starts from home not Sasse. Sasse is there to complement what we parents start at home. Parents you have them for three months of the year. Sasse has them for nine. So, if we want to make Sasse, a home away from home, then parents emphasize on these children the need to be in a boarding Institution because the overriding goal is DISCIPLINE, inside which a lot has to be achieved if a child goes through an Institution like Sasse. Parents, please help the Staff to make your children better persons in society tomorrow by going through Sasse.
Fortunately, the theme of the Principals Conference this year which will be holding at the John XXIII Centre in Mvolye from 26th to the 27th February 2008 will be on “ The Parent and Discipline in the Catholic Schools. Father Emmanuel Epie we, the parents are anxiously waiting what you will bring back form this Conference.
About the new dormitory, work will continue. All I can tell you is that the proprietor is with us on a very positive note. Shortly after this meeting, all will be set in motion to see our project more into another stage. We have a huge task ahead of us but let faith in what we are doing be the watch word for this project of ours to succeed.
Once more, I thank parents for making the time to be here. On behalf of the P.T.A. Executive, I wish you all a very successful deliberation this day.
COMMANDANT AUGUSTINE NJOTSA
AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE PRINCIPAL ON THE OCCASION OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATION (P.T.A.), OF ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE SASSE SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2008.
The Catholic Education Secretary,
Guardians and Teachers.
On behalf of the staff and students, I heartily bid you welcome to Sasse on this great event of our annual general meeting. It gives great joy, for me to meet you for the first time.
Our first duty on this great occasion is to render fitting thanks to God our provident father, for giving us such a great opportunity. It is a near impossibility to count the blessings He has poured on us, our families and our college. Let us thank Him today for the last academic year and pray that He may graciously bless us, throughout the course of this new academic year. May His Spirit transform our college into a community of docile, hard -working, principled, devoted and God-fearing parents, teachers and students.
With no intention to exhume some sour memories, we acknowledge the fact that some persons who were here with us last year and others who were looking forward eagerly for this meeting cannot be with us, more so because they have been called to eternal bliss. Before inviting you to show appreciation for their contribution to our common course, by observing a moment of silence, kindly note in your diaries, that the 2nd of November –the feast of all the faithful departed has been set aside also, as a special day in the college to pray for the departed, members of this family –SOBANS and SOBANEES, relatives. Please do well to join us every year on this day, in whatever way you can, physically or in spirit. Could we please rise for a moment of silence………(pause)
“Fidelium Animae Per Misericordiam Dei, Requiescant in Pace, Amen.”
I would like to welcome in a very special way, all the Parents who have joined this family this year and the new teachers as well. Worthy of note is the fact that this year, Sasse College has registered an increase in the number of female teachers, thereby scoring a point in the move towards gender balance. We hope that these new members will add their bit to the steam of the older members whose efforts and scarifies we continue to praise.
Dear parents, guardians and teachers, I looked forward eagerly for this day, to officially express my profound gratitude for the sacrifices you are making for this college; your contributions towards the building of an ultra-modern dormitory for our students, your financial and other incentives to the staff, your kind words of encouragement and appreciation, which gives us the steam to forge on, inspite of all odds, are testimonies, eloquent enough, of your desire to see us maintain the reputation of this great institution. Be assured, that besides our prayers and good wishes for you our gratitude in turn will take the form of our tireless efforts at making the college remain ever great and respected in consonance with the ideals of Sasseism.
Within my short span as head of this great college of ours I might have offended some of you with certain innovations or policies enforced. Please, kindly hold me excuse and rest assured that my actions were prompted by my love and concern for your children and our college.
Managing the affairs of this institution has not been a bed of roses, this far. We have encountered a number of difficulties among which are the following:
The absence of Br. Wilfred Mengjo due to ill -health, created a great vacuum in this domain. Besides, the appeal for parents to give the medical history of their children, seemingly fell on deaf ears. Things would have been worse, but for the ceaseless efforts and sacrifices of our beloved SOBAN Doctors, Dr. Ekiko and Dr. Chuwanga. Nevertheless, a replacement for Br. Wilfred has been got and another SOBAN medical doctor Dr. Ndando, has joined the team. With this arsenal of medical experts, we are confident that our problems of health, will be history.
Another difficulty is with discipline. Some Parents encourage and support their children to defy the rules and regulations of the college, by holding up some of the disciplinary measures, enforced, to ridicule. In this wise, they exhibit a deep hatred for moral and religious formation to the extent that for them what they require of Sasse, is a certificate of studies or, at the most, quality instruction and training for employment and for going abroad.
Conscious of the indispensable role of discipline, we shall not waver; reason why this year we adopted the objective “Order Discipline and academic excellence. This is the theme which we hope will guide the life of every member of the college community.
As Parents and guardians, you will help us meet these objectives by taking the pain to help your children implement these guidelines.
To further enforce discipline, “ In loco Parentis Committes” will be set up. This is a move to get parents more involved in the formation of their children. Parents will be assigned to the various classes and dormitories to work with classmasters /mistresses and dormitory masters, to supervise the activities of the students in these domains. With the assistance of these Parents, we hope to create a better family atmosphere which will enhance the growth and development of the students in a balanced way.
Apart from the official visiting/outing days, which is once every month, no parent will be allowed to see his/her child without the expressed permission of the principal or his closest collaborators, in his absence.
While landing the efforts of our beloved parents, to uplift our standards, at the level of the college, we resolved to organize a harvest thanksgiving and bazaar to raise funds for the realization of some of our dire needs. In consonance with the dictum that the only way we can get anything done is to get everyone involved, we ask for your assistance, to set up a committee that will help organize the bazaar.
Dear Parents, guardians, looking at Sasse College from my personal observation, I am tempted to conclude that we are stagnating. There are many institutions today which are competing with Sasse and which may be better than Sasse. What we may have in Sasse today, if we are sincere, could be just the name. Much needs to be done and this will require our concerted efforts.
The present situation of the college leaves no doubt that the task entrusted to the present administration is enormous. Nevertheless, it is our resolve to bring Sasse College to a different platform, so that she will continue to occupy the position of excellence, she has enjoyed this far.
Since we have much on our plate I strongly recommend that issues to be discussed in this forum, should be issues of general interest. All personal matters should be referred to the school administration.
May I invite you at this juncture to open up and share your thoughts and experiences with us, as to how we can work together for the good upbringing of your children, our students. May God bless us and guide our deliberations to a fruitful end.
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ngwese Epie
MINUTES OF THE P.T.A. EXCO MEETING HELD ON
SATURDAY , NOVEMBER 3RD 2007.
The meeting started at 11:20a.m. with an opening prayer led by the principal, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Epie. He thanked God for bringing all to the meeting safely, and further asked Him to guide all during the deliberations.
Word of Welcome by P.T.A. Chairman.
The P.T.A. Chairman, Cmdt. Augustine Njotsa thanked the members for the sacrifices made in order to attend the meeting. He reminded the members to make positive contributions as usual, so that pertinent issues be delt with accordingly and without delay. The Chairman used that opportunity to welcome the new principal, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Epie, who was transferred from St. Pius X Ekondo Titi, where he served as the Pioneer Principal for four years. The chairman acknowledged with satisfaction, the coming back of Mr. Tabe Bernard as Senior Discipline Master. He also introduced Messrs Tansida Ferdinand and Betangah Aloysius as male Representative and secretary respectively.
Previous P.T.A. EXCO Minutes
The minutes of the previous Exco meeting were read out and the following corrections made:
Ø -In 2006, the percentage pass at the Ordinary Level was 100% and not 97.73%. At the Advanced Level of Same year, 74 was the number that sat, and not the number that passed.
Ø In 1965, the road into the college was cemented by Rev. Fr. Cunningham, not tarred.
Ø The chairman had contacted a choir in Douala, not Kumba.
At the end of the corrections, the minutes were moved for adoption by the Vice President, Engr. Egbe Patrick and the Female Representative, Mrs. Comfort Arrey.
Matters Arising From Minutes
1. P.T.A S.G.B.C.Bank Book
It was agreed that a letter be written to Dr. Sinju Motaze, requesting him to hand over the P.T.A. SGBC Bank Book to the Vice president, Engr. Egbe Patrick.
2. Diocesan PTA:
The chairman instructed the treasurer to pay the Diocesan levy to the Bishop’s House as usual. It was agreed that a letter be written to the Diocesan P.T.A. Chairman, reminding him of the appeal for financial assistance towards the P.T.A. dormitory project, that was put before him some months ago.
3. Water Project:
The Vice Principal, Engr. Valentine Itor, briefed the members of the difficulty posed by the villagers of Woteke village in Small Soppo. The source of the water is in Woteke, whose villagers say they will only let Sasse have water if they too have theirs. Unfortunately, the water source is below the hill while the settlement is up the hill. Thus water cannot flow to the village by gravity as it will in Sasse. The Vice Principal further explained that the Government has given money for Woteke Water Project and that the school will have water as soon as the project is over.
A member asked how the students are getting water while waiting for the completion of the project. The Principal replied that some water flows in the pipes but not enough for the showers.
The Male Representative said the SOBA President, Dr. Col. Balimba was working hard towards the Woteke Water Project, which is now a prerequisite to the Sasse Water Project. He also promised discussing the problem with other concerned and interested persons, with the aim of accelerating the projects.
The Vice Principal confirmed that cement was got at a reduced price, thanks to the contacts made by the Vice Chairman.
The State of Sasse College.
The state of Sasse College was presented by the Principal. He welcomed all to the 68year-old College in which he was serving as the 19th Principal in general and 3rd SOBA Principal in particular. The Principal went ahead to present some of the difficulties encountered by the old College. 936 students he said, was one of the highest enrolments the college has ever had with the same infrastructure. He appreciated the P.T.A. in their effort to put up a new dormitory. Besides the dormitory, there were many other areas needing attention, reason why income generating activities such as the Bazar were thought of. The Principal also expressed surprise that parents concealed the medical history of their children instead of letting the school authorities know about it so as to better handle such cases. Consequently, students themselves present doubtful medical reports in order to go on exit for their own interest.
Some reactions were made following the Principal’s report.
Ø Member commended the initiative of the bazaar. A member asked if the enrolment could not be dropped. The Vice Principal responded that it was the view of the Proprietor, the Bishop of Buea, to give the opportunity to as many as possible to be educated in Sasse.
Ø Members were surprise to hear that parents conceal medical history of their children, which can not in anyway be a reason for their children to be sent out of the college. It was agreed that parents need to be educated on this issue.
Ø A member proposed that a better qualified nurse be employed to work in the Sick Bay especially as the existing ones are of the Nursing Aid Grade.
Ø The Principal informed the house that the SOBANS were also helping in the medical domain especially as a class of SOBANS have taken up the responsibility of helping the college through the sick Bay. Worthy of note is the fact that this only adds to the efforts of two volunteer medical doctors in the persons of Dr. Ekiko and Dr. Chuwanga, both former students of the college, who visit regularly and give free medical consultation to the students.
Ø A member proposed a real Health Centre with both permanent and parttime medical personnel. Another member seconded the proposal and added that a possibility be sought through the SOBANS in Yaounde, on how a permanent medical staff in the Civil Service could be got to work in the said health center.
Ø A member proposed the use of “Information Sheet” by students on exit, as a means to check pretentious students who present fake excuses. Other members saw it to be a good idea not until when the Vice Principal explained some of the disadvantages such as students forging the parents’ signatures, thus adding another crime to the suppose lies initially told.
Ø Another member proposed the use of an exit booklet per student. In addition, each student comes with 200frs for phone bill so that the parents are contacted each time the student leaves or arrives school. It was agreed that the administration continues with the exits as it has been doing until a better method is got.
Ø The Principal talked of “Locus Parentis”, a programme that will require couples/parents to volunteer and attend dormitory/class meetings. The parents will talk to the students about their experiences, clubs, etc, with the hope of inspiring them.
An academic report was presented by the Dean of Studies, Mr. Esuke Joseph. He started by presenting the year’s objective as “Order, Discipline and Academic Excellence”. He also spoke of the presence of Heads of Departments and Class Masters/Mistresses. These teachers hold regular meetings with the teachers of their departments and the students of their classes, during which problems are exposed and solutions proposed.
The Mid Term Test results for the First Term were read out. It was noticed that the percentage pass decreased as one moved from the lower to the higher classes. However, the overall performance was better than that of the previous year. The Dean round off his report by reading out the results of the June 2007 G.C.E as follows:
ORDINARY LEVEL = 98.90%
ADVANCED LEVEL = 98.00%
The Treasurer, Mr. Tekwe Christopher, read out the total P.T.A. income for the year 2007/2008, which stood at 11,005,000frs. He said the above mentioned income excludes a reverend brother of St. Martins de Porres who is also a registered student of the institution. The Principal further explained that it was the Bishop who pleaded that the said Reverend Brother be asked to pay just part of registration and all of tuition but no boarding fee. The principal used that opportunity to inform the house that the enrolment of 936 dropped by one on that same morning, following the withdrawal of a student earlier reported for abnormal behaviour. It was recommended that parents should prepare the minds of their children for boarding life before sending them to boarding schools.
The treasurer also presented the P.T.A. income and expenditure account for 2007/2008 academic year.
A member asked about school fees recovery. The treasurer said some parents were not responding to the extend that some had not paid even a franc.
The Chairman gave a short talk on the dormitory project during which he said he met the Bishop on the 11th of July 2007, and was asked to write a letter explaining why the project was conceived. He proposed going to the Bishop together with the Principal and Vice Principal. A project meeting was asked but the Principal said he needed to discuss it with the Education secretary.
It was agreed that a letter of appreciation be written to the SOBANS of 1962 class Brothers of the Coast”, for donating 500,000frs as support for the PTA dormitory project.
The Chairman read out a letter from an engineer, a parent and a SOBAN, requesting a building contract. It was agreed that the said engineer will be informed whenever he is needed.
For the meantime, the designer continues after the foundation. Part of the foundation has not yet been built though some material was still available.
Members gave various proposals as to how the project could be facilitated. These included;
Ø Students support with labour in filing the foundation. That had been started already.
Ø More appeal letters could be given out even to previous donors.
Ø An appeal to the Bishop and to any available company for the building of a wing.
Following the brilliant performance at both the Ordinary and Advance Levels, it was agreed that the staff be given an incentive of two million francs.
1. College Magazine:
A member proposed adverts in the College Magazine.
The idea was welcomed by all but no specific price was allocated for a page. That depended on the company. Members encouraged one another to look for companies that will like to advertise their products in the magazine.
2. College Prospectus: A member asked why students were asked to pay 5100frs for farm/sanitation equipment. The Vice Principal explained that it is collected only for new students. He further explained the reason for the equipment to be kept by the school.
3. Bazar: The Principal explained the organization of the barzar. Members appreciated the idea and called for more publicity to be made on both the launching and the D. day.
4. I.T. Project: The Vice Principal, who doubled as Head of Department for Information technology, explained some of the difficulties faced in his department. He lauded the efforts of SOBANS in the U.S., for their concern and contribution towards the success of the project.
5. Bereaved Student: The Vice Principal announced with regret, that a form one student lost both parents in a ghastly motor accident in Penja. The said student was already one of the beneficiaries of Dr. Ngalele’s Scholarship.
The Vice Chairman made the closing remark and thanked all for making the effort to be present. He wished the contacts with the Bishop and other companies be fruitful, so that the first wing of the dormitory be completed.
The meeting rose at 2:15p.m. with a closing prayer led by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Epie. Lunch followed immediately after the prayer.
Mr. Betangah Aloysius
MINUTES OF THE P.T.A AGM. HELD ON SATURDAY
FEBRUARY 24, 2007 IN SASSE
The day started off with a Holy Mass at 9.20 a.m. The main celebrant was Bishop Emmanuel Bushu, who emphasized that we should all live like Jesus Christ. He exhorted all students to follow College Rules strictly, in order to achieve this objective. The mass ended at 10.45 a.m. and the MC for the occasion, Mr. Stanley Ndifor, proceeded to read out the programme of the day. Next was a visit to the new dormitory site (Project sponsored by the PTA) by the Bishop and all the parents. The tour ended at 11.50 a.m.
After the inspection, the School Band ushered everyone to the hall for execution of the second part of the programme. Deliberations started at 11.25 a.m. with an opening prayer and a word of welcome from the Bishop. He thanked all for being present and said that in their days in Sasse, they never heard of anything called a PTA! He explained that it is good that parents meet teachers because of its importance in the formation of the students. He finally welcomed all for being present at the meeting.
The next item on the agenda was a welcome address by the PTA President, Commandant Augustine Njotsa. He immediately proceeded to inform the house of the change at the helm of the college. Fr. Jum Joseph Awoh, the former Principal, had left for further studies to the United Kingdom and had handed over to Fr. Jervis Kebei, who moved down the road from Bishop Rogan College, Soppo in the same capacity. He equally informed the parents of the passing away of another executive member, Mr. Akovi Nyajro, Male Representative on the Exco, who was a Senior Staff with the CDC in Bota. After a minute of silence, the Chairman went ahead to state the objectives of his leadership viz:
- Improving on the welfare conditions of the students, thereby creating a conducive atmosphere for learning.
- Improving on the quality of life and welfare of the personnel in order that they produce good results.
Talking about results, he presented a contrastive analysis of the 2005/2006 GCE results:
GCE RESULTS 2005
SAT PASSED %PASSED
O/L 88 86 97.73%
A/L 58 57 98.28%
GCE RESULTS 2006
SAT PASSED %PASSED
O/L 86 86 100%
A/L 74 70 94.59%
The parents gave the Staff a standing ovation and the Chairman explained that because of these good results, the PTA EXCO had democratically offered 2.000.000frs as incentives to the entire staff. He then highlighted three important areas that needed urgent attention: the Sick Bay, the Water Crisis and the New Dormitory. He assured all present that positive things were about to take place in these areas.
The next point on the agenda was an address by the Principal. He thanked all the parents for the sacrifices they had endured. He explained away some unfortunate happenings that had led to misinterpretations from parents. This was interrupted by intermittent applause from parents indicating their approval of the principal’s explanations. He briefly dwelt on the annual objective: Order, Discipline and Academic Excellence. He proceeded to read out a detailed results analysis of the 2006 GCE. He promised that he and the entire staff shall work harder to improve further on those good results.
The next point was the introduction of the Academic Staff of the college. After this introduction, Messrs Ewinjah Chrysantus and Paul Kosuh (two elderly workers of the college who had served for more than 40years) were handed 50.000frs each from the PTA. The envelopes were handed by Mgr. Bushu who enthusiastically thanked them for what they had been able to do for a whole generation in the life of this college.
After this, the Minutes of the last PTA Annual General Meeting were read out by the Secretary, Mr. Wong Joseph. This was equally combined with the Diocesan PTA Report. The Bursar, Mr. Tekwe Christopher read the Financial report of the college.
MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES AND REPORTS.
The following parents moved the minutes correct: Mrs. Koffi Maryline and Mr. Afungchwi. Mr. Aboagjie asked to know when the mandate of the present executive would come to an end. Cdt. Njotsa replied that it would be soon. A parent came back on this problem of water crisis. Fr. Jervis amply explained how some villagers were blocking the water catchment site and the steps that were being taken to attenuate the situation.
Another parent wished to know why students had to carry so many books back home or lose so many books while at school. Fr. Jervis explained that the book loss was a matter of carelessness and that parents should teach ownership to their children. The children simply dump their property everywhere on campus. This same parent equally sought to find out what measures have been taken to handle weak students. The principal explained that every student does the same thing at the same time; that teachers pay particular attention on weaklings and that for Orientation Counsellors the blame falls on the parents for influencing the choice of subject and creating chaos for their children’s academic future.
Another parent questioned why the amount given to Messrs Ewinjah and Paul Kosuh was so small. The Chairman explained that the PTA has a heavy project at hand so there wasn’t much left. The parents then agreed that they would make a special donation to augment the amount. The same parent asked to know why the number of students of Form 5 dwindled. The Vice Principal (Engr. Valentine Itor) explained that performance determines promotion into Form 5: 18papers or more.
A parent made three observations on morality, academics and transportation. He said while moving into campus he saw a Sasse student wearing an earring and reprimanded him. He noted that the GCE results were good but the staff should work hard in the quality of the results. He equally observed that the students leave very late when they close. The Principal vehemently refused that the earring fellow could possibly be a Sasse Student and went further to state that the school has little control over transportation matters.
Another parent decried the fact that Sasse Students spend huge sums of money organizing parties during the long vacation. The Vice Principal explained that some parents say they are the ones who give this money and that the school has little control of what goes on during the holidays. The Principal gave a beautiful anecdote on how he unknowingly sponsored one such party. The last intervention was a parent who made a suggestion that could be useful to the parents of slow learners. She advised that they contribute money to help in extra tuition for these young men. She equally raised the problem of ventilation in the dormitories. The Principal said something will be done about these problems.
The next item on the agenda was an improvised fund-raising to increase the financial envelop of Messrs Ewinjah and Paul Kosuh, since there was a general complaint that the envelope was too small. The amount raised was 87.750frs and the Chairman promised to share the money equally between the two laureates. Next was the launching of “Mountain Echoes” P.T.A. Edition. This was done by Dr. Enow Tanjong. The amount raised from the launch was 48.400frs.
After that, there was an intervention by the Senior Discipline Master. The SDM focused on the College Annual Objective: Order, Discipline and Academic Excellence. While dwelling on this objective, he raised some problems created by students and parents alike towards the realization of this goal. After this a tribute to late Akovi Nyajro was read by Engr. Valentine O. Itor ( VP) . Announcements followed suite and the Principal informed all that the mid-term tests results had been pasted on the notice board at the entrance to the Main Block. In his closing remarks, the Chairman, Cdt. Njotsa Augustine thanked all for bring present. The closing prayer was done by Fr. Jervis Kebei. The meeting ended at 2.20 p.m. followed by lunch and an informal encounter between the Class Masters/Mistresses and the parents. By 6 p.m. all the parents had left the college.
MR. Wong Joseph
( PTA OUT-GOING SECRETARY)
ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE SASSE- BUEA P.T.A. INCOME FOR THE YEAR 2007/2008
CLASS NUMBER OF STUDENTS AMOUNT PER CLASS TOTAL AMOUNT
TOTAL OLD NEW OLD NEW
1A 80 1 79 10,000 1,185,000 1,195,000
1B 82 - 82 - 1,230,000 1,230,000
2A 78 72 6 720,000 90,000 810,000
2B 76 70 6 700,000 90,000 790,000
3A 79 75 4 750,000 60,000 810,000
3B 78 73 5 730,000 75,000 805,000
4A 75 72 3 720,000 45,000 765,000
4B 80 74 6 740,000 90,000 830,000
5A 40 38 2 380,000 30,000 410,000
5B 44 43 1 430,000 15,000 445,000
L6A 69 - 69 - 1,035,000 1,035,000
L6S 64 1 63 10,000 945,000 955,000
U6A 49 47 2 470,000 30,000 500,000
U6S 41 38 3 380,000 45,000 425,000
TOTAL 935 604 331 6,040,000 4,965,000 11,005,000
SAINT JOSEPH’S COLLEGE SASSE
P.T.A. INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT
2007/2008 ACADEMIC YEAR
DESCRIPTION INCOME EXPENDITURE
Balance B/F 2006/2007 1,010,450
Balance Cash in Hand B/F 2006/2007 963,200
P.T.A. Collection 2007/2008 11,005,000
P.T.A. Entertainment 935,000
Aid Given by Diocesan P.T.A. 500,000
D.S.T.V. Subscription 444,000
Transport Requisition 135,000
Transport to Secretary to attend meetings 7,000
Purchase of three Wheel Barrows 54,000
Maintenance on the three Wheel Barrows 15,000
P.T.A. Diocesan Levy 233,750
Cracking of stones to fill new Dormitory 334,000
P.T.A. Entertainment 935,000
Incentive to Teachers 2,000,000
BALANCE c/d 10,255,900
A REPORT FROM THE SENIOR DISCIPLINE MASTER FOR THE
PTA AGM HOLDING IN SJC SASSE ON FEBRUARY 16,2008.
The Chairman, PTA Sasse,
The Principal, SJC, Sasse,
Our Dear Parents,
Members of Staff,
Ladies and Gentlemen.
Once more I am privileged to stand before this mammoth crowd composed of respectable ladies and gentlemen after a brief interlude to give an account of the students you entrusted to us. Parents who visit the institution regularly will know more about the school than those who seldom visit. To control a large student body of 936 offering boarding facilities is not an easy task, and the efforts of the parents are needed for effective control so as to achieve the desired goals. That is why there is a necessity for a P.T.A.
This academic year has been one of prolonged rainfall and consequently most dresses were abandoned on the drying lines behind the dormitories. These are discarded when they fall and robbed in the mud.
Few parents who visited the school then could give an account of what they saw infront of the academic block. Most of these dresses do not carry names and so could not be identified. This has prompted the administration, to take more drastic steps to ensure that all uniforms and other properties bear the names of the owners. This will enable us to identify the owners. This information was communicated to parents during the Christmas break but most parents gave a deaf ear.
The gate is the only entrance into the campus. The security men are employees of the college meant to execute school policies. They have constantly been harassed and threatened by parents including some law enforcement officers. These attitudes are unhealthy and ungentlemanly. Parents should treat them with caution.
Cases associated with theft are common in every institution and Sasse cannot be indifferent. Books and chewable top the chart. Cases if uniforms, bedsheets, exercise books etc, are as a result of carelessness and students don’t steal them. Some parents exaggerate the provision of basic necessities for their children by supplying them as if to build provision store. Consequently, thieves are attracted to visit their trunks or lockers. The classrooms and dormitories have been provided with strong padlocks and protectors. Classrooms remain closed after classes and dormitories are only opened after classes so as to check theft.
Breaking bounds is greatly reduced due to constant roll calls. Few parents see their children at home and do not care to ask for their exits. It will be good that you insist on seeing their exits and try to discourage them from visiting the home.
In the principal’s letter to parents it was made clear that the children could be visited only during outings which is the second Saturday of every month. Few parents still insist on having contacts and use illegal means to smuggle unwanted articles to them. It will be preferable to have your child in a day school if you want to be having regular contacts with them. Parents should be aware of the fact that some students squander their fees. So precaution should be taken in this line.
One of the ills parents are very much concerned is brutality. No parent will be happy to hear that his child is beaten no matter the circumstances. For your information, brutality has been brought to complete control. Thanks to the effort of the outgoing government. The whip is out of place and alternative punishments have been put in place. Your children will confirm this assertion. Parents who were bittered on the re-opening date were acting on rumour from their children. However there are isolated cases, which are blamed on the students who failed to report to the discipline office. Even if students are punished in the dormitories at night, we get the information and act promptly. Please have confidence in the discipline department in this regard. Corporal punishment has been the focus of all meetings of the Senior Discipline Masters in Fako Division and the Southwest Province.
Some parents entrust their children to senior students known as ‘Big’ whom they believe can take adequate care of them. Some have gone to extreme in keeping their properties including books. The administration does not recognize this and parents are held responsible for any act of indiscipline. All students are treated equally without segregation.
Thanks for your understanding.
Long live the parents,
Long live the staff,
Long live the College,
Long live the Catholic Church.
PA TABE BERNARD ENOW
(Senior Discipline Master)
A REPORT ON THE BUEA DIOCESAN P.T.A MEETING HELD
ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30,2007 IN MUYUKA.
The meeting started at 11:10a.m. with an opening prayer led by the Parish Priest for Muyuka, Rev. Fr. Edward Ngalame.
Two speeches followed the opening prayer. The first was delivered by the Chairman, Mr. Fotoh George. He expressed satisfaction in the way the Buea Diocesan P.T.A. has been working but cried out that he was too long in power despite his age, and wished to hand over to some one else.
Next was a speech by the Catholic Education Secretary, Rev. Fr. George Nkeze. He lauded the sacrifices made by parents under the auspices of the P.T.A., especially as Government subvention is too small and very irregular. He acknowledged that parents have been doing the work of the state in supporting the schools financially and otherwise. Fr. George expressed his wish for the association to be termed Parent Association (P.A.) and not P.T.A., since financial contributions are done by parents and not by parents and teachers.
Mr. Ndifor Joseph of the Buea Diocesan Health Department was the guest speaker of the day. He talked on the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province Health Assistance (BEPHA), a Mutual Health Organisation (MHO), that will enable the under privileged to be assisted by those who are financially viable.
He proposed a registration fee of 1000frs per student or pupil. This registration covered the student/pupil throughout his/her life as a student/pupil. In addition, Nursery School Pupils will pay 1000frs per year, Primary School Pupils will pay 1500frs per year, while Secondary and High School Students will pay 2,500frs per year. BEPHA will inturn give financial assistance to pupils/students with health problems based on the following category:
Ø 50,000frs for fractures, appendix operations and complicated malaria.
Ø 75% of total expenditure for other common health problems.
The above proposal was to be looked into by parents and then make suggestions where necessary as well as decide when to start implementing the scheme.
Reports were read out by representatives of Parishes, Primary Schools and Colleges. Common in all the reports were appreciations for the rewards acquired in different respects under the Catholic Mission as well as problems encountered and proposed solutions. Appeals for financial assistance was made by a good number of Schools and Colleges.
Prizes were awarded to meritorious students following their brilliant performance at the June 2007 G.C.E. Examination. Six Students from S.J.C. Sasse had 10,000frs each following their ‘ O’ level results. They were:
1. Metuge Koge Etube Thierry 4. Orock Ndip Ebanda
2. Mofa Derick Elangwe 5. Egbeyong Enoh Tanjong
3. Gouater Issola Albert 6. Dzoyem Tchinda Alfred
Four Students from S.J.C. Sasse had 15,000frs each, following their brilliant performance at the ‘ A’
Level. They were:
1. Husayn Tambe Arrah 3. Ngeme-Ndie Jarvis
2. Mengnjo Michel Karngong 4. Lawrence Eboka
Subsidies of 300,000frs and 500,000frs were given to Primary Schools and Colleges respectively. Seven Primary Schools received 300,000frs each while two Secondary Schools received 500,000frs each.
Following a letter of appeal for financial assistance for the continuation of the S.J.C. Sasse P.T.A. Dormitory Project, Sasse College was one of the two Secondary Schools that received the subsidy of 500,000frs
A new government was formed following a democratic election, with Mr. Mbe Amin as President. Mr. Mbe Amin who is a retired teacher residing in Muyuka, was secretary General of the association for several years. A post he held until his election as president.
However, the new government was not installed. The Catholic Education Secretary explained that it was the Bishop’s Prerogative as head of the Diocese to do so.
The meeting ended at 6p.m. and was closely followed by refreshment.
Forteck Aloysius Betangah
1. The deadline for fee payment of the last installment of fees has already expired. Parents who have not completed the fees of their sons will have to take them home with them after this meeting. Only students with official exits and school fees information sheets are permitted to leave the campus. Leaving the campus without an exit is considered breaking bounds and the student will be sanctioned according to the school rules and regulations.
2. The college will organize a fund raising bazaar. Parents are invited to be part of this endeavour and to support theirs sons’ efforts generously.
3. The closing day for the second term is Monday March 24th 2008 at 10:00AM.
4. Extension classes for Forms Five and Upper Sixth will begin on Tuesday March 25th 2008 and end on Monday Saturday April 5th 2008. Each student is expected to have paid 15,000 FRS for these classes.
5. Form Three and Upper Sixth students shall be writing the Provincial Religious Certificate Examination in May 2008. Registration fee remains 2000 FRS per candidate. This amount should be paid on or before the reopening date of the third term.