Tema, a city known for its well-layout communities and streets is also home to some of Ghana’s finest educational institutions ranging from technical, vocational and senior high schools as well as tertiary institutions.
In my quest to explore the city of Tema, I have identified 6 Public Senior High Schools you may consider if you or a relative of yours wants to pursue senior high education in the city.
Though these schools have their own bragging rights as to which of them is best when it comes to academic performance, sports and entertainment among others, that is not my focus of interest today.
- Tema Senior School – Community 5
Nil Nisi Optima a Latin expression which means “Nothing but the Best” is the motto that drives the school.
Established on 22nd September, 1961, Tema Senior High School (Temasco), is the oldest secondary school in the Tema Metropolis. The establishment of the school was spearheaded by its first Headmaster, the renowned Historian and Writer, Educationist and former Politician, FK Buah whose bust still welcomes you at the entrance of the school’s first Assembly Hall.
I was told in the 1960’s before one would be admitted in the school, the fellow would have to be subjected to some rigorous interview session in order to make sure the brightest students were chosen. The school runs five programmes: Business, General Arts, General Science, Visual Arts and Home Economics.
Well, the following Musician Kwesi Arthur, Actress Roselyn Ngissah, Comedian and Actor Clemento Suarez, Broadcast Journalist Umaru Sanda of Citi FM and Mr. Senyo Hosi, CEO, Ghana Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors, the current Chairman of Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamekye are all anchorites.
- Chemu Senior High School – Community 4
In order to deboardinize schools to offset high boarding fees and increase intake of students, the Community 4 No.2 School, a middle school had to be converted to a day secondary school known as Tema Day School on 12th October, 1982. Mr. P.K Dzitri served as the first Headmaster (acting) and was later replaced by a substantive head, the late Samuel A. Tenkorang.
Following an appeal from Tema Traditional Council the name of the school was changed from Tema Day Secondary School to Chemu Secondary School.
Chemu Senior High School started with 86 students but currently have over 1800 students, placing it as the largest day senior high school in Tema. Courses offered are: Science, General Arts, Visual Arts, Home Economics, Technical and Business. Discipline and Hardwork is the motto of the school.
Over the years the school has produced some proud alumni. Here are a few of them:
Current Mayor of Tema – Hon. Felix Nii-La
Current Fisheries Minister: Hon. Elizabeth Afoley Quaye
Head of Neurosurgery at Korley Bu: Dr. Akoto
Head, National Communication Authority: Mr. Charles Wilson
Site Engineer, Aboadze Thermal Plant: Ing. Baidoo
Academically, the school rubs shoulders with the best in the country. The mixed-gender day school is nicknamed “Dwenloi” which means “Intellectuals” and is a force to reckon with in the National Math and Science Quiz since its inception.
3. Tema Methodist Day Senior High School (MEDASS) – Community 11
The school was established on October 11, 1983 as a result of a decision of the Methodist church to establish a secondary school that can take the products of St. Paul’s Methodist School in Tema Community 1. The school has now become a national institution admitting students from all over the country.
It is the first second cycle Mission School and the third second cycle institution in the metropolis besides Temasco and Chemu. The school operates from two campuses, all located at Tema Community 11. Currently, the school has approximately 1200 students.
“Knowledge, Truth and Light” is the motto that propels the school.
The school offers eneral Science, General Arts, Visual Arts, Business and Home Economics.
MEDASS has also produced several great people who are contributing their quota in nation building. I am sure you know Musicians Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Eno, Stay Jay, Yaw Siki and Recording Engineer Mix Master Garzy are all alumni of the school.
4. Presbyterian Senior High School – Community 11
Simply known as Tema Presec, is a mixed-gender day school. It was established in 1994 by the Tema Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church. It became Government Assisted School in January 1998 and runs the following courses: General Arts, Business, Visual Arts and Home Economics. The school has a student population of about 1000 and is located at Community 11, the same premises as the Grace Presbyterian Church. Black stars player, Opoku Ampomah is a product of this school.
The school’s motto is “Knowledge is Light”.
5.Our Lady of Mercy SHS (OLAMS) – Community 1
The school was established in 1999 as a desire of OLAM Parish, Tema community 1, to satisfy the need of the school going children around the Parish. The school had Mrs. Roberta Mary Appau as its first Headmistress. The yellow and blue uniformed school runs on the motto Fides-Sanctitas-Scientia, a Latin expression which means “Faith – Holiness – Knowledge”.
It is a mixed-gender day school with students population of 1200 and 75 certified teachers. OLAMS offers 5 courses namely: Business, General Arts, General Science, Home Economics and Visual Arts.
Did you know Musician Dadie Opanka is an old student of OLAMS? Now you know.
6. Manhean Senior High School – Tema New Town (Manhean)
Manhean Senior High/Technical School is a co-educational institution established in Tema New Town (Manhean) to develop the skill manpower of the youth of Tema Manhean and its environs for nation building.
Agricultural Science, Visual Arts, General Arts, Technical and Home Economics are the programmes offered by the school.
The day/hostel school has 23 classrooms, 3 Science Laboratories and a Technical workshop among others. The school currently has a student population of about 976.
There you have them, these are the 6 Public Senior High Schools in the Tema Metropolis that I have identified. There are other institutions such as SOS College, Tema International School and Tema Technical Institute among other second cycle institutions that do not fall under the purview of my search for Public Senior High Schools in Tema.