The Achimota School now Achimota College was founded in 1924 and officially opened in 1927. The school was formally opened in 1927 as a boarding school with the self-declared aim of “providing for the educational needs of the people of the Gold Coast”.
The nickname of the Achimota School is “Motown” and the college alumnus or alumnus is called “Akora”.
he founders of the school are Dr. James Emma Kwegyir, Sir Fredrick Gordon Guggisberg, and Rev. Alexander Garden Fraser.
The centre of the school complex, which besides a primary and a secondary school consists also of a school-own kindergarten, a hospital, a police station, and a golf course.
The motto of the school is Ut Omnes Unum Sint meaning “That all may be one”, a reference to the founders’ expressed the philosophy that starting in the context of school life, black and white, male and female, everyone should integrate and combine synergistically for the good of all.
The school has churned out many leaders in Ghana and the African continent including Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Edward Akufo-Addo, Jerry John Rawlings, and John Evans Atta Mills all of whom are former Heads of State of Ghana.
Former Prime Minister of Ghana, Kofi Abrefa Busia also taught at Achimota as a student/teacher and then staff.
Also included on the list of African heads of state are Zimbabwe’s longest-serving president Robert Mugabe and Sir Dawda Jawara, the first head of state of The Gambia.
GhanaCNN.com takes you through a list of Presidents of Ghana who were once students of Achimota School, and they are:
He was the first Prime Minister and President of Ghana, having led the Gold Coast to independence from Britain in 1957.
He was an influential advocate of Pan-Africanism, Nkrumah was a founding member of the Organization of African Unity and winner of the Lenin Peace Prize from the Soviet Union in 1962.
Nkrumah was Ghana’s President and he was in office for 5 years, 240 days between July 1, 1960, to February 24, 1966.
He attended Government Training College soon to become Achimota School and graduated in 1930.
He was a Ghanaian politician and legal scholar who served as President of Ghana from 2009 until his death in July 2012.
Atta Mills was previously the Vice-President from 1997 to 2001 under President Jerry Rawlings, and he contested unsuccessfully in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections as the candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He had his primary and middle school education at Huni Valley Methodist Primary School and Komenda Methodist Middle School respectively.
He then proceeded to the prestigious Achimota School for his secondary education, where he completed the Ordinary and Advanced-Level Certificates in 1961 and 1963 respectively, and the University of Ghana, Legon, where he completed a bachelor of a law degree, LLB, and a professional law certificate in 1967.
He became the Chief Justice from 1966–70, and later President 1970–72 of the Republic of Ghana.
He had his basic education at Presbyterian Primary and Middle Schools at Akropong.
He continued to Presbyterian Training College, Akropong, and Abetifi Theological Training College.
In 1929, he entered Achimota College, where he won a scholarship to St Peter’s College, Oxford, where he studied Mathematics, Politics, and Philosophy.
Jerry John Rawlings was a Ghanaian military officer and politician who led the country from 1981 to 2001.
He led a military junta until 1992, and then served two terms as the democratically elected President of Ghana.
He came to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d’état in 1979. Prior to that, he led an unsuccessful coup attempt against the ruling military government on 15 May 1979, just five weeks before scheduled democratic elections were due to take place.
After handing power over to a civilian government, he took back control of the country on 31 December 1981 as the chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).
In 1992, Rawlings resigned from the military, founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the first President of the Fourth Republic.
He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years and died in November 2020, at age 73, and was accorded a state funeral.
Mankessim SHS Headmaster Finally Speaks On The Photo Of Students Who Were Captured Smooking Wee In Classroom
The headmaster of Mankessim Senior High School in the Central Region of Ghana has finally spoken of the photos of students engaging in hard drugs that went viral causing a massive stir online.
In the photo, five (5) male students were caught heavily smoking wee, injecting hard substances into their body, sniffing hard drug among others.
This picture has since been on the trend as GhanaCNN.com takes on with the news as it unfolds.
Speaking to the headmaster of the school, Obibiniba Takyi was told that the unfortunate that has been circulating on social media has since been on investigations.
He made it clear that the said students are currently under the disciplinary committee and he is with the believe that appropriate punishment or disciplinary measure will be levelled against the students that disgraced the school.
TUTAG To Embark On A Partial Strike On Monday, June 14
The Technical University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (TUTAG) has declared that its members will go on partial strike starting from Monday, June 14.
By this announcement, TUTAG members have been tasked to not teach, invigilate, mark examination papers, and/or submit results and attend meetings of any of the Technical Universities.
However, in consideration of students, members have been advised to supervise project works, research and community service.
In a press release, the group listed six concerns they want to be addressed. These include a request for new conditions of service and frustrations in getting accreditation for academic programmes.
According to TUTAG, they have engaged the government, other agencies, and the National Labour Commission on their concerns. However, their discussions are yet to yield positive results.
Who Said Free SHS Policy Is A Bad Idea? – NDC’s Prof Joshua Alabi
Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies – Accra (UPSA) has stated that the Free Senior High School is never a bad idea.
This, according to Prof Joshua Alabi, is due to politicians’ dishonesty.
Because politicians and top political leaders in the state are sometimes backed even in their wrongdoings, the praise gets into their heads and retrains them from providing quality service to Ghanaians when expected, according to the former Minister of State for Greater Accra.
The NDC stalwart said the country has reached a level where things are retrogressing instead of moving forward because of pretence on the part of its citizens and leaders.
“Only the hardcore politicians will tell me the country is not coming down because of where he sits and if it NDC in power I will say the same thing we are not doing good service to the people,” he said.
Prof Alabi, commenting on the ongoing debate about the Free SHS policy, said the programme is a good idea but has implementation challenges.
“Who said Free SHS policy is a bad idea? Is not a bad idea but the implementation is where the debate is to ensure that in the process of implementing it will give the people quality service is the issue.”
He suggested that for the policy to work effectively, a stakeholder consultation should be held with all political parties present to assist in bringing out a blueprint of how to keep the free SHS policy running despite a change in political leadership.
“The problem you are seeing is not a one-man head, it is a big problem and we should bring down our pride and arrogance all of us, all political parties so that no one wins tomorrow and tries to change what somebody has done,” he said.
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