Ghana has over 500 Senior High Schools across its 16 regions categorized into Category A, Category B, Category C and Category D schools.
These schools are categorized based on academics, facilities, academic, extracurricular activities and many others.
Every senior high school has the objective of training its students to excel in various facets of life. It must be noted that senior high schools shape the academic life of students and their spiritual life as well – like the case of seminary schools.
Schools, in general, are known to be one of the important agents of socialization, and students meet several people from diverse backgrounds and learn different behaviours, consciously or unconsciously.
A school provides a structured education to the child and promotes their mental and psychological growth. Apart from learning academics, a child also learns other essential life skills such as teamwork, good manners, unity, sharing, and responsibility.
Since school is indispensable in shaping our wards, it is very important to know the disciplinary level of the schools we would want our wards to attend.
Our wards spend most of their time in school, and there’s a high probability that there are so many things that will be learned in school than at home. This means that as a parent, you should be concerned with the school you choose for your ward.
Are these schools really bad?
These schools may not be bad in general, like it is publicly known. People attend these schools from diverse backgrounds, so there is no way you have over 4,000 students and expect them to live to society’s standards.
That’s why the Ghana Education Service has Rules and regulations it uses to regulate public and private schools in the country. It is just surprising that most of the schools we will mention are the best-known schools in the country.
Is there any way to change public perception?
There are several ways authorities of these senior high schools can use to change the public perception. For instance, Kumasi High School in the Ashanti Region employed measures to control the general behavior of its students, and the school was adjudged the most disciplined school in Ashanti Region by the Regional Education Unit.
Students who misbehaved in or outside the school were given harsh punishments like rustication or given several months of suspension. Kumasi High School is undoubtedly getting better.
This piece is not meant to tarnish the image or reputation of any Senior High School, but to educate the public on schools who for the past years have been tagged as stubborn based on what they have done in the past or public perception.
The following are the most stubborn senior high schools in Ghana;
St. Augustine’s College
St. Augustine’s College is one of Ghana’s most stubborn senior high schools. St. Augustine’s College is an all-male academic institution in Cape Coast, Ghana. The school started at Amissano, a village near Elmina, in 1930.
The Roman Catholic institution was established to serve as a training college and seminary. The school was named after St. Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430 AD). The college’s motto is Omnia Vincit Labor, meaning “Perseverance conquers All.”The school has a total of 11 houses.
On 6 August 1933, the Roman Catholic Church and the Bishop of Cape Coast Vicariate Monsignor W. T. Porter felt the need to have a separate Roman Catholic school. Cape Coast was found to be the most suitable location.
A commemorative foundation stone was laid in late 1935 at the present site. Fr. Maurice B. Kelly, the Dean of the Training College at Amissano, now St. Teresa’s Seminary Amisano, became the first Head Dean or Headmaster.
St. John’s School
St. John’s School is an all-boys second-cycle Roman Catholic school located at Sekondi in the Western Region of Ghana. It is one of the best senior high schools in Ghana and the best in the region.
The present curriculum falls within the Senior High School system in Ghana, with overall oversight by the Ghana Education Service. Old Boys of St. John’s School are affectionately called Old Saints, and the Old Saints Fraternity includes some of the most notable and prominent men.
Old boys include award-winning Ghanaian journalist, communications expert and social entrepreneur David Ampofo, Dr. Frank Abu, former minister of Mines and Energy, former Chief Executive of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Dr. Felix Anyah, M.K Onnomah, Ghanaian Politician and the late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama, Shasha Marley and a whole group of prominent and notable alumni.
The Accra Academy is one of the foremost secondary educational institutions in Ghana. It operates as a non-denominational day and boarding boys’ school, located at Bubuashie, near Kaneshie in the Greater Accra Region. It was the first private academy to be established on the Gold Coast.
The academy runs courses in business, general science, general arts, agricultural science and visual arts, leading to a West African Senior School Certificate.
The academy’s founders provided tuition to students who wanted a secondary-grade education but who did not have financial support to enable them to do so.
Dr. Kofi Konuah periodically traveled to some of the major towns in each region of the country to organize entrance
examinations for students to offer the brilliant but needy among them the education opportunity in the Accra Academy.
The academy does not offer special admission to brilliant but needy students. As per a 2005 directive from the Ghana Education Service, it admits its students through a school selection placement system.
St. Paul’s College
St. Paul’s Senior High School or St. Paul’s Boys College, formerly St. Paul’s Secondary, is a Ghanaian boys’ senior high school located at Hatsukope-Denu in the Ketu South Municipal District of the Volta Region.
Established in 1958, it is a Catholic school part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Keta–Akatsi and has a minor seminary attached to it.
The school has the nickname SPACO derived from its name; however, the alumni (the old students’ union) call themselves Conquerors after the school motto, (‘Do good and conquer evil Vince In Bono Malum’).
In 2000 the school was made a mixed school to promote girl-child education in the Volta Region. After the first batch was completed, the school was turned again to a boys’ school and has remained a boys’ school.
Kumasi Technical Institute
Kumasi Technical Institute is a co-educational second-cycle technical school in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The school was established in 1976 with support from the government of Ghana.
In 2009, for instance, at least twelve students sustained varying degrees of injuries after final year students of Kumasi Technical Institute (KTI) staged a violent demonstration on the institute’s campus on Sunday evening.
The students were protesting what they described as an attack on a final year student of the school by a teacher for wearing a ‘non-prescribed’ uniform.
Opoku Ware School
Opoku Ware School, often referred to as OWASS, is a senior high school for boys in the Ashanti region of Ghana. It was established in 1952 as one of the five Catholic schools in Ghana. The school was named after Asante King Opoku Ware I.
The students are known collectively as Akatakyie, an Asante word meaning “conquering heroes.”
It is located in Fankyenebra, near Santasi, along the Kumasi-Obuasi road.
The patron saint of the school is Saint Thomas Aquinas. The school’s motto is “Deus Lux Scientiae,” meaning “God is the Light of Knowledge.”
Kumasi High School
Kumasi High School often referred to as KUHIS, is a boys’ senior high school in the Ashanti region of Ghana. It was established in 1962 by S. K. Amoah.
The students are known collectively as Mmerantee. It is located in Gyinyase near Ahinsan Estate. The motto of the school is Truth conquers.
Pope John Senior High School
Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary (formerly St John’s Seminary and College, nicknamed POJOSS) is an all-boys boarding school located at Effiduase, Koforidua, in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
It was established in 1958 by Bishop Joseph Oliver Bowers SVD as a Catholic seminary for boys who wished to become priests.
Students are offered general arts, general science, business and visual arts to pursue.
After their stay in the school, they sit an external examination called the West African Senior School Certificate Examination to be placed in any of the tertiary institutions in the country.
The school students are usually referred to as Pojomma, while the alumni are addressed as Pojoba, to which they respond Daasebre. Since its establishment in 1958, the school has achieved many successes and has produced great men for Ghana and worldwide. There are 2100 boys in the school.
Obuasi Secondary Technical School
Obuasi Senior High Technical School is a co-educational second-cycle public high school institution in Obuasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The school recently reached the quarter-finals of the National Science and Maths Quiz Competition.
They have won the Ashanti regional Milo soccer competition in 2005 and 2015.
In the Zonal Inter Colleges Athletics competition, they have won several times. Students of the school were claimed to have created ‘a touchless bin’ in the fight against COVID-19. Also was the first school to win the maiden Sci-Tech Innovation Challenge, 2021.
Adisadel College, popularly known as “ADISCO,” is an Anglican boys’ boarding school in Cape Coast, Ghana.
Adisadel College is one of the oldest senior high schools in Africa and was ranked 10th out of the top 100 best high schools in Africa by Africa Almanac in 2003, based on the quality of education, student engagement, strength, and alumni activities, school profile, internet and news visibility.
In this article, we have listed all the top 10 most stubborn senior high schools in Ghana
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