The Ghanaian educational structure has since independence experienced several reforms and restructurings. However, these changes do that occur in a vacuum; there are very key competent personalities behind the scenes, who need to be credited at least for all these.
It is true that some of the decisions they once took did not yield the necessary results the country sometimes needed or need, but I think as we gradually move along, we learn our lessons, and ensure that the right thing is done.
If we compare and contrast the kind of educational system that existed in the First, Second, Third and Early time in the Fourth Republic, I think the paradigm shift seems to be on the negative path.
A lot of Ghanaians are beginning to question the relevance and impactfulness of our current Educational curriculum and reforms.
In this article, we are going to trace the historical background and life chapters of all the Education Ministers of Ghana, from the First Republic to the Fourth Republic.
The first personality on the list is John Bogolo Erzuah
Born at Takinta in the Western Region of Ghana (then Gold Coast), John Bogolo Erzuah served as the First Minisiter of Education of the First Republic of Ghana, and as well served as the county's High Commissioner to India (from 1957 to 1959), High Commissioner to Egypt (from 1959 to 1960), Ambassador to France (from 1962 to 1964) and Ambassador to Ivory Coast (from 1964 to 1966).
He was proudly an old student of St. Augustine's College, Cape Coast, Ghana.
2. Alfred Jonas Dowuona-Hammond
Born on June 17, 1920 to Hansen Dowuona-Hammond and Beatrice Nettey at Pampanso in the Eastern Region of Ghana (previously Gold Coast), Alfred Dowuona-Hammond served as the Minisiter for Education (from 1960 to 1964), Minisiter of Information (from 1964 to 1966), Member of Parliament for Awutu Constituency (from 1954 to 1965) and Member of Parliament for the Effutu Constituency (from 1965 to 1966).
Alfred was proudly an old student of Kinbu Senior High Technical School, Accra; and Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast, Ghana.
3. Kwaku Boateng
Born in 1926 to Opanin Acheampong and Anima Acheampong in Akyem Abuakwa, Gold Coast, Kwaku Boateng served as the Minisiter for Interior (from 1961 to 1964) and Minisiter for Education (from 1964 to 1966) under the leadership of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
He was proudly an old student of Begoro Senior High School, Mfantsipim School and Odumase Krobo Presbyterian Secondary School.
Boateng died on May 1, 2006 in Cape Town, South Africa at the age of 80.
He was married to Eleanor Boateng, who was a Scottish.
4. Modjaben Dowouna
Born on January 11, 1908 to Solomon Noi Dowouna and Theodora Naa-Lomotso Dowuona in Osu, Gold Coast, Modjaben Dowuona served as the first Registrar of the University of Ghana, Legon (from 1950 to 1961) and Minisiter of Education (from 1966 to 1969).
Dowouna died in November 1991.
He was proudly an old student of CMS Grammar School in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
5. William Ofori-Atta
Born on October 10, 1910 to Nana Sir Ofori-Atta I (who was the Omanhene of Akyem Abuakwa from 1912 to 1943) and Agnes Akosua Dodua, in Gold Coast, William Ofori-Atta was the Founding Member of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), member of the 'Big Six' (Ghana's founding fathers), and later became the Minisiter for Foreign Affairs of Ghana (from 1971 to 1972).
He died on July 14, 1988 at the age of 77.
Ofori-Atta was proudly an old student of Achimota School and Mfantsipim School.
6. Reginald Reynolds Amponsah
Born on December 30, 1919 at Daaman near Asante Mampong, Ashanti Region, Gold Coast, Reginald Reynolds Amponsah served as a Member of Parliament for Manpong North Constituency (from 1969 to 1972), and as well served as the Minisiter for Lands, Mineral Resources, Forestry and Wildlife.
He was also the brain behind the initiation of the reforms in Ghana's basic educational system when he was appointed Minisiter of Education by Kofi Abrefa Busia.
Amponsah died on June 3, 2009 at the age of 89.
He was an old student of Achimota School, Accra, Ghana.
7. Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Nkegbe
He served as the Minisiter for Education, Culture and Sports under the National Redemption Council Military Government and the Supreme Military Council.
8. Colonel Emmanuel Obeng Nyante
He once served as the Minisiter for Education, Culture and Sports under the Military Rule.
9. Emmanuel Evans-Anfom
Born on October 7, 1919 to William Quarshie Anfom and Mary Evans at the Evans Family House, High Street, Accra, Gold Coast, Emmanuel Evans-Anfom served as Commissioner for Health and Commissioner for Education and Culture (from June 1979 to September same year), and as well served as the Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (from 1967 to 1973).
He is proudly an old student of Achimota School.
10. Francis Kwame Buah
He served as the Minisiter for Education from 1980 to 1981.
11. Christina Ama Ataa Akoto Aidoo
Born on March 23, 1942 in Saltpond in Gold Coast, Ama Ata Akoto served as the Minisiter of Education in 1982 under the Provisional National Defense Council. She served in that capacity for 18 months, and resigned.
She is proudly an old student of Wesley Girls' Senior High School in Cape Coast, Ghana.
12. V.C Dadson
Dadson served as the county's Minisiter of Education in 1983.
13. Joyce Rosalind Aryee
Born on March 27, 1947 in Gold Coast, Joyce Rosalind Aryee served as the Minisiter for Information (from 1982 to 1985), Minisiter for Education (from 1985 to 1987), Minisiter for Local Government (from 1987 to 1988) and Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Chamber of Mines (from 2001 to 2011).
She is proudly an old student of Achimota School.
14. Mohammed Ben Abdallah
Born on April 25, 1944 in Kumasi, Gold Coast, served as the Minisiter of Education under the Provisional National Defense Council.
He is the Director and Founder of the Legon Road Theatre, and as well became the Head of School of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana, Legon in 2003.
She is married to Akosua Amponsah
16. Adisa Muntalia
Muntalia served as Ghana's Education Minisiter from 1988 to 1989.
17. Mary Grant
Born on August 6, 1928 in Gold Coast, Mary Grant served as the Deputy Minisiter of Health (from 1988 to 1989), Member of National Defense Council for General Affairs (from 1989 to 2001) and Minisiter of Education and Culture (from 1991 to 1993).
Grant was first Wesley Girls' Senior High School alumna to become a Medical Doctor and the third woman in the country to qualify in Medicine after Susan Ofori-Atta in 1947, and Matilda J. Clerk in 1949.
She died on September 18, 2016 at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra, Ghana at the age of 88.
18. Harry Sawyerr
Born on April 25, 1926 to Kwao Sawyerr and Fredericka Naa Awula Lokko in Abokobi, Accra, Gold Coast, Harry Sawyerr served the Member of Parliament for the Osu-Klottey Constituency (from 1969 to 1981), Minisiter for Transport and Communications (from 1979 to 1981) and Minisiter for Education (from 1993 to 1997).
He was the first person to become the president of the Ghana Institute of Surveyors, and served in that capacity from 1971 to 1969.
Harry Sawyerr died on November 8, 2013 in Accra at the age of 87.
Sawyerr was proudly an old student of Accra Academy and Achimota School.
19. Esi Sutherland-Addy
She served as the Deputy Minister for High Education, Culture and Tourism (from 1986 to 1993), and as well served as the country's Education and Culture Minisiter (from 1994 to 1995)
She is proudly an old student of Achimota School.
20. Christine Amoako-Nuamah
Born on February 3, 1944 in Bekwai in the Ashanti Region of Ghana (then Gold Coast), Christine Amoako-Nuamah served as the Minisiter for Environment, Science and Technology (from 1993 to 1996), Minisiter for Education (from 1997 to 1998) and Minisiter for Lands and Forestry (from 1998 to 2001).
21. Ekwow Spio-Garbah
Born in 1953 in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana (then Gold Coast), Ekwow Spio-Garbrah served as the county's Ambassador to the United States of America (from 1994 to 1997), Minisiter of Communications (from 1997 to 1998), Minisiter for Education (from 1998 to 2001) and Minisiter for Trade and Industry (from 2014 to 2017).
He is proudly an old student of Ghana's prestigious Achimota School.
22. Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi
Born on January 21, 1945 in Techiman in the defunct Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana (previously Gold Coast), Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi served as Ghana's Minisiter of Education under the leadership of John Agyekum Kufuor, and as well served as the Member of Parliament for Techiman North Constituency (from 2009 to 2013).
23. Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu
Born in 1952 in Asante Akim Agogo in Gold Coast, Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu served as the Minisiter for Local Government and Rural Development (from 2001 to 2003), Education (from 2003 to 2005) and Minisiter for Finance and Economic Planning (from 2005 to 2008).
Baah-Wiredu died on September 24, 2008 in Pretoria, South Africa at the age of 56.
He was proudly an old student of Kumasi High School and Prempeh College.
24. Yaw Osafo-Maafo
Born in 1942 in Akyem Awisa in Gold Coast, Yaw Osafo-Maafo served as the Minisiter for Education in 2005, and has since 2017 served as the country's Senior Minisiter.
He is an old student of Achimota School and Akyem Awisa Presbyterian Secondary School
25. Papa Owusu-Ankomah
Born on April 27, 1958 in Sekondi in Ghana's Western Region, Papa Owusu-Ankomah served as the Deputy Majority Leader and Deputy Minisiter for Government Business (from January 2001 to July 30 same year), Minisiter for Youth and Sports (from August 2001 to September same year), Majority Leader and Minisiter for Parliamentary Affairs (from October 2001 to March 2003), 17th Attorney-General of Ghana (from 2003 to 2005), Minisiter for Interior (from 2005 to 2006), Minisiter for Education, Science and Sports (from 2006 to 2008), Minisiter of Trade and Industry (from 2008 to 2009) and the country's Ambassador to the United Kingdom under the leadership of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
He is proudly an old student of Mfantsipim School.
Owusu-Ankomah is married to Augustina Owusu-Ankomah, and blessed with three children (who are all legal practitioners).
26. Dominic Fobi
He served as the country's Education Minisiter from 2007 to 2009.
27. Alex Tettey-Enyo
Born on June 6, 1940 at Akusu, Accra, Gold Coast, Alex Tettey-Enyo served as the country's Education Minisiter (from 2009 to 2011) and has since 2005 served as the Member of Parliament for Ada Constituency.
He is proudly an old student of Presbyterian Secondary School, Odumase Krobo, Ghana.
28. Betty Mould-Iddrisu
Born on March 22, 1953 in Gold Coast, Betty Mould-Iddrisu served as the country's 20th Attorney-General and Minisiter for Justice (from 2009 to 2011) and Minisiter of Education (from 2011 to 2012).
She is an old student of Achimota School and Accra Academy.
29. Lee Ocran
Born around 1945 in Gold Coast, Lee Ocran served as the Member of Parliament for Jomoro Constituency (from 2005 to 2009), Ghana's High Commissioner to Pretoria, South Africa (from 2009 to 2012) and Minisiter for Education (from 2012 to 2013).
He died on February 21, 2019 in Accra, Ghana at the age of 74.
30. Professor Jane Naana Opoku- Agyemang
Born on November 22, 1951 in Gold Coast, Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang served as the Minisiter for Education from 2013 to 2017, and as well set a record as the first female running mate of one of the giant political parties in the country, the National Democratic Congress during the 2020 presidential election.
Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang also holds a record as the first Female Vice-Chancellor of Ghana's State University, University of Cape Coast specifically.
She is proudly an old student of Anglican Girls' Secondary School, Aburi Girls' Senior High School and Wesley Girls' Senior High School.
31. Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh
Born on May 23, 1968 in Ghana, Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh served as the Minisiter of Education (from 2017 to 2021), and currently serves as the Member of Parliament for the Manhyia South Constituency, and as well serves as the country's Energy Minisiter.
He is proudly an old student of Prempeh College.
32. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum
Born on April 9, 1964 in Ghana, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum served as the Deputy Minister for Education (from 2017 to 2021), and currently serves as the country's Education Minisiter.
Adutwum has since 2017 served as the Member of Parliament for Bosomtwe Constituency.
He is proudly an old student of Kumasi High School.
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