Osei Kyeretwie Senior High School is 80 years old. The school, the first second cycle institution in Ashanti, was established in 1937 by the late J.T. Robert who was a Sierra Leonean. At the time, it was christened Asante Collegiate and was sited at Asafo, a suburb of Kumasi.
The Ministry of Education in September, 1962, took over the administration of the school. However, the name, Asante Collegiate, was maintained. Subsequently, at the beginning of the 1968/69 academic year, the school was renamed after the late Sir Osei Agyemang Prempeh II, known in private life as Barima Kwame Kyeretwie, in his honour.
Shortly after the re-naming ceremony, the school was relocated to a new site at Dichemso formerly occupied by Modern City Academy. Afterwards, the school population increased significantly. As a result, His Royal Majesty Sir Osei Agyemang Prempeh II, by his kindness, acquired a new site at Old Tafo, Kumasi. A committee was set up through the Lands Commission to demarcate the site in 1970. Nine years afterwards, the school started operating the two sites which was a very daunting task. Running the school became very expensive besides the risk of transporting students to and fro the two sites daily. The school eventually moved to the new site at Old Tafo, Kumasi in 2004/05 academic year.
As a result of gradual encroachment of the land, in 1998, the President, Flt. LT. Jerry John Rawlings, by an Executive Instrument, compulsorily acquired the land which was 168.28 acreage.
Currently, the student population stands at 3590 which is broken down below:
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The number of teaching staff and non- teaching staff currently stands at 113 and 77 respectively. Unfortunately only 15 out of this number stay on campus. This makes supervision of students very difficult. There is therefore an urgent need for staff bungalows for the school.
Due to the adequate infrastructure, classroom blocks have been converted into dormitories for boys, hence the large class sizes in the school. The number of students in the various classes ranges between 50 and 115. Many projects are left uncompleted, for instance, the Dining Hall, ICT/Library Complex and Boys’ Dormitory blocks. All the school vehicles are old but unfortunately the school has not been given any of the vehicles distributed by the present and past governments.
Since its inception, the school continues to improve her academic records year by year. For instance in 2009, the school recorded a 91.6% pass in the WASSCE. In 2011 there was great leap to a 100% pass with no failure in English Language which had been a problem for some time. The success story has been continuous and there is a firm believe that 2017 will not be different. That the school has produced eminent personalities serving Ghana and the world cannot be contested. These are in the likes of Dr. Kwabena Opoku Adusei, former president, Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Charles Marfo of KNUST, Dr. Kobina Arthur Kennedy of the N.P.P. and Mrs. Mary Owusu Cromwell, the current headmistress of the school.
The school had an enviable record of producing seasoned sports personalities like Vida Anim, Opoku Afriyie, John Mensah and Sulley Muntari, just to mention a few. This enviable position was lost but it is being regained through the provision of equipment and incentives to outstanding sportsmen and women. The school has been participating in all sporting activities organized by the sports federation of the Ghana Education Service, Ashanti.
Students’ behavior is generally good apart from the occasional breaking of bound. Only a few teachers stay on campus as a result supervision of the students has been very challenging. There is an immediate need of building a fence wall and more staff bungalows to help alleviate this problem.
The overriding vision of the school is to train students to be wholesome enough to be of service to God and Humanity as reflected in the motto of the school “Service to God and Humanity”
- George Bray 1962-1976
- Bossman Owusu Ayim 1976-1982
- Kwaku Baah 1982-1983
- Fredrick Achempong 1983-2001
- K. Opuni-Boachie 2001-2009
- Samuel Agyepong 2009- 2015
- Mary Cromwell Owusu 2015 to date
- The school has turned out large body of intellectuals who are serving in various capacities in the Ghanaian society. This includes His Royal Majesty, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. The school is counted among the elite school in the country.
- The school balances academic work with sporting activities. In the domain of sports, the school runs second to none. To the extent that some people erroneously refer to the school as sports College. The headmaster’s office is dotted with a vast array of trophies. Two key members of the Black starts Squad that excelled in the 2006 World Cup Tournament in Germany are products of the school. Vida Anim, the current African Sprints queen, is also a product of the school. The list is endless.
To equip and produce graduates with intellectual, moral and innate capabilities to be useful and responsible at any level of service.
To provide relevant Education to all Ghanaian at all levels irrespective of gender, ethnic, religious and political affiliation.