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History of Prempeh College

HISTORY OF PREMPEH COLLEGE

In the early 1940s, the British Colonial Government invited the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches, which had already established institutions such as Wesley Girls High School and the Presbyterian Boys Secondary school in Krobo Odumase based on their experience, to help set up a school in the middle belt of Ghana to serve the northern sector of the country. Although there were some delays due to the second world war, in 1948 Prempeh College was designed by renowned British modernist Architect Maxwell Fry and his wife Jane Drew.[9]


Jane Drew with her husband Maxwell Fry in 1984

Compared to other works by Jane Drew in Ashanti region, Prempeh College campus was designed to incorporate modernist refinements as described by Lain Jackson and Jessica Holland in their book titled "The Architecture of Edwin Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew: Twentieth Century Pioneer Modernism and the tropics. According to the Ashanti Pioneer Newspaper, the opening ceremony of Prempeh College was held on the 5th February 1949. Major C. O.Butler, the chief commissioner of Ashanti gave the following address at the ceremony-


There is a great and growing need for training men to take up posts of responsibility not just as clerks in offices but in Agricultural Education, Mining, Forestry, Architecture,Engineering and Building in the many other technical posts on the fulling of which by Africans the future development of Ashanti and the Gold Coast as a whole largely depends … We British from overseas are here to help you ultimately to administer the country yourselves … until you yourselves can provide the agriculturalists, engineers, the technicians and the tradesmen who can develop the natural resources


of your country.[10] In summary the college was expected to produce scientists and technocrats who could play vital roles in the economy of the Gold Coast.At the same opening ceremony, Prempeh II outlined his expectation for Prempeh College: ‘the hope that the students of the College would shine not only in the intellectual field but also in the moral firmament'.[10]


Asantehene Prempeh II, benefactor of the college

As of 2012, the headmaster was E. K. Yeboah, a member of CHASS

Achievements

Prempeh College was the first school to win the National Science and Maths Quiz in 1994 and 1996.[14] The College also won the 2015 and 2017 editions of the Ghana National Science and Maths Quiz that makes them one of the most successful schools in the National Science and Maths Quiz competitions.[15][16][17] Prempeh College has also won the Ghana National Debate championship competition a record two times in 1997 and in 2004.[8] Prempeh College is the first Secondary institution in Ghana and Africa to win the world Robofest 2016 or World Robotics competition, beating giants from China, Japan and other industrialised countries.[18] They won the Toyota Innovation Award that year and are the only school from Africa to win it.[19] Prempeh College Robotics Club has also won a number of other robotics awards over the years, some of their achievements include: 2016 Ashanti Regional Robotics Champions, Robofest Toyota Innovation Award Champions 2016, Robofest National Champions 2016, National Robotics 2015, National Robotics Champions 2014, Regional Robotics Champions 2013, winners of the Regional Robotics Competition 2012, Achievement in Best Programming at the Robotics Inspired Science Education Competition 2011, The 2016 National Robofest Qualifiers, Presec-Legon, Ghana Champions.[20][21][22] The school represented Ghana at the World robotics olympiad in New Delhi India[23]


National Debate champions 2004 L-R Papa Yaw Ohene Konadu, Mohammed Khaliq, First Lady Theresa Kufour, Kwasi Owusu Gyeabour, President John Kufour and William Demitia


The school also represented Ghana at the World Robotics Online Competition where the school amassed a total of 22 trophies.A total of 3 teams were presented by the school with the teams 1st,3rd and 5th spots in the competition. The school became the first ever to win the competition for a second consecutive time having won the prior competition in Michigan. However the 2020 edition was held online due to the impact of the covid-19 on.

Notable alumni.

Mohammed Abdul-Saaka, deputy minister in the second republic

Sam Adjei, physician

Samuel Yaw Adusei, former deputy Ashanti Regional Minister

Jot Agyeman, author, actor, playwright and media executive

Kwesi Ahwoi, former Minister for the Interior of Ghana.

Francis Amanfoh, diplomat

Abednego Feehi Okoe Amartey, Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies

Joseph Amoah, sprinter representing Ghana at the 2019 World Athletics Championships and national record holder in the men's 200 metres[24]

Richard Twum Aninakwah, Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana (2004–2008)

Edmund Owusu Ansah, footballer

Yaw Appau, active Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana (2015–)

Kwame Baah, Ghanaian soldier and politician; formerly Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Minister for Economic Planning during the Acheampong regime.

Hon Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu, Ghanaian Politician, Former Minister of Education

Fritz Baffour, television producer and media consultant is the managing director of Tropical Visionstorm Limited

Baffour Adjei Bawuah, diplomat

Kofi Boahene, physician

Nana Osei Bonsu II, the traditional ruler of Ashanti Mampong

Yussif Chibsah, footballer

Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, Former Governor Bank of Ghana, Finance Minister, Founder UniBank Ghana[25]

Maxwell Kofi Jumah Former Mayor of Kumasi[26]

Sadat Karim, footballer

John Kufuor,[27] former president of the Republic of Ghana

Osagyefo Kuntunkununku II- Okyenhene

Joakim Lartey, percussionist

Kwadwo Mpiani, Former Chief of Staff and Minister for Presidential Affairs

Martin Osei Nyarko, footballer

Dominic Oduro, footballer

Prof. Kwadwo Asenso Okyere, former Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana, Legon, former head of Food and Agriculture, UNO

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, MP for Manhyia South and Minister for Education, Ghana

Kwadwo Afoakwa Sarpong, former Ghanaian diplomat

Tonyi Senayah, Chief Executive Officer of Horseman Shoes

Kwaku Sintim-Misa Ghanaian actor, director, satirist, talk show host, and author.

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