Preset Pacesetters Senior High School

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Preset Pacesetters Senior High School, formerly Present Pacesetters Institute, is a private co-educational boarding school in Madina, a suburb of Greater Accra in Ghana. It was founded in 1996. In 1999 it received National Accreditation Board authority to run the national 3-year Senior High School programme which leads to the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE). There are now 1,500 students enrolled.[1]

Core subjects taught are English, Maths, Integrated Studies and ICT. There are no age restrictions, but most students are aged 14 to 16 when they first join the school. Admission is solely on merit, based on the student's performance in the Basic Education Certificate Examination of the West African Examination Council.[2]

There are separate boarding houses for boys and girls. The school's prospectus states that the boarding houses are "managed by experienced and strict masters and mistresses".

Assembly takes place every morning from 7.00 am to 7.20 am. The school day ends at 3.20 pm. Students must be back in their boarding houses by 3.30 pm.

Uniform

The uniform for girls is a yellow blouse with khaki skirt. Boys must wear a yellow shirt with khaki shorts. All uniforms are provided directly by the school.

Discipline

The school states that it requires of its students "discipline, hard work and determination". Corporal punishment is lawful in Ghanaian schools.

Preset Pacesetters SHS sets out some examples of offences and punishments in its Rules and Regulations web page:

  • Improper dressing e.g. wearing of rings — Sweeping a classroom for one week plus caning.
  • Refusal to do or complete teacher's punishment — Caning at assembly in front of the whole School plus doing the given punishment.
  • Cheating during examination or class test — Cancelling of papers plus caning.
  • Exchange of words or verbal attack on members of staff — two weeks suspension plus caning, and bring parents to sign bond of good behaviour.
  • Noise making/hooting during school gatherings or in the classrooms — Sweeping a classroom for two weeks plus caning.
  • Refusal to put on the required school belt (unisex) — Scrubbing the school dustbin for two days plus caning.
  • Altering figures on School fee cards and receipts — Scrubbing the school dustbin for two weeks, plus caning in front of the whole School.

References

  1. History page, Preset Pacesetters SHS.
  2. Handbook, Preset Pacesetters SHS.

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