BRIEF ACCOUNT OF DEPARTMENT
The social sciences department is an important department of the school. The social sciences concern themselves with the study of different aspects of human behavior. Great thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle recognized no clear line of demarcation between subjects, for them all subjects of study were merely different aspects of one great subject-philosophy.
Increasing knowledge, however, made the study of man and his environment too vast for a single subject, an in course of time it split up into an increasing number of separate sciences. The physical and natural sciences were the first to become independent disciplines, though until quite recent times philosophy still embraced all the social sciences. One by one, however, the social sciences broke away from philosophy. The main social sciences are Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
The social sciences equip students with basic skills and knowledge that enable them to be useful members of the country. The social sciences provide for intellectual training, a preparation for citizenship and a vocational training. The Social Sciences Department is a big department in the school. Apart from the core subjects, more students read the social sciences than other elective subjects. The main reason is to train many social scientists who can contribute to the development of the country.
ACHIEVEMENTS OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS
The Social Sciences Department has achieved a lot ever the past five years. Our students performed creditably in their final examination. In recognition of this achievement, the Department was awarded prizes during the last two Speech and Prize-Giving Day. Our students set admission to public universities. We want to express our gratitude to the school for recognizing the performance of teachers in the Department. We promise that we shall not rest on our oars and promise to work harder to justify the confidence repose in us.
The following table shows the performance of our students over the past five years:
|Subject||No of F(2005)||No. of F(2006)||No. of F(2007)||No. of F(2008)||No. of F(2009)|
Subjects offered in the department:
Core – English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Integrated Science.
Elective – Economics, Geography, History, Christian Religious Studies, Elective Mathematics, French, Twi and Literature-in-English.
Number of students offering each subject in the various year groups.
|SUBJECT||SHS 1||SHS 2||SHS 3||SHS 4|
|CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES||24||25||14|
PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES
As a human institution, the department is face with some challenges. These are:
- It is the only department in the school without office of the Head of Department.
- The students’ knowledge in current affairs in low. They do not listen to news and they do not have access to newspapers.
- It has not been easy to obtain money to run the department. The Department does not receive any grant from the school to manage its affairs.
- Teachers are confronted with large class sizes. Some classes have more than 50 students.
- It seems students do not have time to go to the library to do some research on their own.
We in the Department have dreams. We dream of a year in which 90% of our students get A1 in all their elective subjects. W also dream of a year in which all our final students will get admission into public universities.
However, these dreams cannot be realize without hard work and devoted service. Teaching profession demands great sacrifice of all teachers. Let us all work harmoniously towards the fulfillment of our dreams.
There are many problems confronting the Ghanaian society. Social scientists try to find solutions to the problems of the society. The problems are clamoring for solutions. It is up to the department and the school to produce the right type of girls who will stand shoulder to shoulder with their compatriots in finding solutions to these problems.
Let us all remember that the greatness, indeed the strength of any school depends on discipline, loyalty, service, and sacrifice. We must explore every avenue and means of evolving new techniques, new methods of work, and channel them into the service of this great school.