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Senior High Schools in Ghana: Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary

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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 courses such as general arts, general science, business and visual arts to pursue and after their stay in the school, sit an external examination called the West African Senior School Certificate Examination to be placed in any of the tertiary institutions in the country.

Logo of Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary

Logo of Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary

The students of the school 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 the world over. There are 2100 boys in the school.

On 8 November 1953, Bishop Joseph Oliver Bowers SVD, Catholic Bishop of the then Diocese of Accra, now Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Accra came to the New Juabeng Traditional Area in Eastern Region, Ghana on his first pastoral visit.

SRC Executives of Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary

SRC Executives of Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary

He held discussions with Nana Frempong Mposo II, chief of the area, which led to the Roman Catholic Church mission acquiring land at Effiduase in Koforidua. Father Anthony Bauer and Fr. Henk Janseen were then asked to survey the land and their report was favourable.

Early in 1955, Bishop J. O. Bowers decided to build a junior seminary for the Diocese of Accra on that land. In January 1955, Fr. Jude SVD, Dr. Balduricus, and Dr. Lucian Orians came to construct the first buildings, one classroom block, and a combined Fathers’ residence and administrative block.

In early 1957, Dr. Damian Brockmann SVD constructed the first Science Block. Today in its place stands a students’ dormitory called Elsbend House, named after the first headmaster.

In October 1957, Bishop Bowers appointed Rev. Fr. Alphonse Elsbend as the first Headmaster and Seminary Rector, assisted by Rev. John O’Sullivan and Rev. Joseph Skorupka and Bismark Sosu. The school’s chapel was constructed the following year in 1958.

POJOSS follows the Ghanaian educational Senior High School curriculum, operating in a three-year academic cycle, from form one to form three.

Students are taught throughout the year, over a period of three academic terms. The first term of the academic year marks the enrollment of form one students to the school while the third term marks the graduation of form three students.

The programmes run by the school include General Science, General Arts, Business and Visual Arts. Form one applicants select four Elective courses. Unlike Elective courses, core courses are offered to all students, irrespective of their programme of study.

The core courses in the school are: English language, core mathematics, social studies, integrated science, ICT and physical education, however, students are only examined externally, in the first five aforementioned courses. There are subjects taught which are unique to the school because of its attachment to a seminary. They are Religion, Doctrine studies, Latin and Music.

Available Facilities

Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary has an ultramodern Science laboratory, a state of the arts I.C.T center, a library, a multipurpose athletic field, a basketball and volleyball court, among a host of others.

The school’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), the SRC, Roman Catholic Church, and the POJOBA have contributed to the development of these facilities in the school. The school’s administration makes sure that these facilities are effectively utilized to enhance teaching and learning in the school.

Houses

There are currently seven houses available for boarding students who require a stay throughout a term:

  • Pope John Seminary (Pope john House)
  • Bishop Bowers House
  • Nana Frempong Mposo House
  • Alphonse Elsbernd House
  • Paul Boakye House
  • Fr. Amos Fredric’s House
  • Most Rev. Leon Badikebele Kalenga House.

Notable Alumni

  • Archbishop Charles G. Palmer-Buckle, Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast
  • Joseph Boateng Danquah, Former Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) of the Ghana Armed Forces and Member of Council of State
  • Major General William Omane Agyekum, Commandant of Military Academy and Training Schools
  • Brigadier General Kweku Asamoah Yeboah, Director General of International Peace Support Operations, Ghana Armed Forces
  • William Otoo Ellis, former Vice-Chancellor of KNUST
  • Edward Omane Boamah, Former Minister of Communications
  • Ebenezer Okletey Terlabi, MP for Lower Manya Krobo and Former Deputy Minister of Defence
  • Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Minister of Information and MP for Ofoasi/Ayirebi
  • D-Black, Hip-hop star, and Entrepreneur
  • Franklin Cudjoe, Founder and President of IMANI Centre for Policy and Education

 

Contact and Address:

Address: P. O. Box 370 Koforidua, Eastern Region Koforidua, Ghana

Phone Contact: 034 2022265 / 034 2024511

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Legon: National Service Personnel falls from 4th Floor of Sarbah Hall

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Service Personnel falls from 4th Floor

The authorities of the University of Ghana have called for calm after a man believed to be a national service person, reportedly fell from the 4th floor of the Mensah Sarbah Hall to the ground.
He is reportedly receiving medical care at the Legon Hospital.

He is said to have fallen from the fourth floor of the Mensah Sarbah Hall Annex A at dawn on Friday, April 23, 2021.

The Dean of Students, Prof Godfred Bokpin has called for calm and said investigations were underway to establish what really happened and that the facts would be put out.

“What has happened has happened, but the issue is being investigated, the police, the hall authorities, we are all involved trying to get to the bottom of it, but whilst we are at that, we will urge every student to be calm and keep to their core activities…, and they should not feed into the rumor making rounds but very soon an official communication will be issued by the university.”

The victim, whom some have identified as Wahab Abdulai, is said to have slipped and fallen from the balcony.

He is expected to be transferred from the Legon Hospital to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for further treatment.

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Court dismisses Rasta student’s application seeking to force Achimota School to admit him

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Oheneba Nkrabea

Court dismisses Rasta student’s application seeking to force Achimota School to admit him

The Human Rights Court 1 Division of the High Court has dismissed an application to force Achimota Senior High School to admit Oheneba Nkrabea, a Rastafarian student, temporarily while waiting for the final determination of the substantive case in which he is fighting the school for not admitting him because he wears dreadlocks.

In his case, Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea, through his father, argued that he is disadvantaged, as he remains at home waiting for the final decision of the court on the substantive case while his colleagues are in school.

But the court, presided over by Her Ladyship Gifty Adjei Addo on Monday, 12 April 2021, said forcing the school to temporarily admit the student would be prejudicial to the substantive matter.

In her reasoned opinion, expediting the trial will be in the interest of the student, as the mandatory injunction would have allowed him to be in school for only 10 days.

She, however, granted an order for the first respondent, Achimota School, to file its response seven days after being served instead of the statutory 21 days.

Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea dragged Achimota School, the Board of Governors of Achimota School, the Ghana Education Service, Ministry of Education and the Attorney General to court, praying the Human Rights Division of the High Court to compel Achimota School to admit him for the purposes of his education.

He was denied admission for having dreadlocks.

The country is divided on the issue. While some argue he should be given admission, others say it will set a bad example for the future.

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Check Out The First Female Computer Science PhD Graduate From KNUST

Rose-Mary Owusuaa Mensah Gyening recently graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) with a Ph.D. in Computer Science

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Rose-Mary Owusuaa Mensah Gyening First Female Computer Science Ph.D. Graduate From KNUST

Check Out The First Female Computer Science Ph.D. Graduate From KNUST

Rose-Mary Owusuaa Mensah Gyening recently graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Computer Science, making her the first female to attain that honour in the University’s history.

Rose-Mary graduated on March 12, 2021.

However, she did not have it easy attaining her Ph.D. In a Facebook post, she recounts how she had to combine studying abroad for her Master’s Degree and then later her Ph.D. while taking care of her children and managing her home.

Rose-Mary Owusuaa Mensah Gyening First Female Computer Science Ph.D. Graduate From KNUST

Rose-Mary Owusuaa Mensah Gyening First Female Computer Science Ph.D. Graduate From KNUST

For that, she is grateful to God and her family to the support.

“It has not been easy but God has been faithful. I am very grateful to my family and loved ones for encouraging me to go this far. We made history together!” she said.

Rose-Mary Owusuaa Mensah Gyening First Female Computer Science Ph.D. Graduate From KNUST

Rose-Mary Owusuaa Mensah Gyening First Female Computer Science Ph.D. Graduate From KNUST

Rose-Mary is proud of what she has been able to achieve and hopes other women will also be able to do the same. She wrote;

“For me, the most important is to hold the door for many ladies to pass through!… Computer Science is largely a male-dominated field but we are changing the narrative! So don’t give up, push harder and you will see the light at the end of the tunnel”.

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