Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ Senior High School
History Of The School
Yaa Asantewaa Girls Senior High School is one of the few Girls’ Secondary Schools in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
The school was established in Kumasi in 1959 as part of the rapid Education expansion project pioneered by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first Ghanaian president after the independence of the country.
It had an initial population of seventy (70) girls and the first headmistress was Mrs Gloria Aryee. The School capacity grew to 300 by the late 60s and approximately 500 in the 70s and kept growing over the past decades. Since then the school has grown to its present size of about two thousand and four hundred (2,400) girls.
The School has had a succession of 7 Head Mistresses and the current Head Mistress is
Ms. A. Eshun-Famiyeh. Much of the success and discipline can be attributed to Madam Tetteh, the third Headmistress (1962 – 1978) of the School. Her foresight, strictness and commitment turned the girls to respectable and disciplined women to this day. Her phrase “I’m teaching you girls to be good housewives” will forever go down to the School’s history. However, in 1978, the students rebelled against her and demanded that the Schools’ priority should also be focused on first class education coupled with the discipline.
From its humble beginnings, the School has come a long way to take its rightful but long-overdue place, as one of the best institutions in Ghana. The school has recorded consistently excellent results in the final exams and the good work will carry on for years to come.
Eventually the School achieved its Sixth Form status and has since continue its progression. For over the last decades, the School has turned out thousands of educated and well-formed women holding responsible positions in governments, global organisations, education, hospitals fields and business circles (as in doctors, lawyers, journalists, nurses, entrepreneurs, teachers, etc.), as well as a Dame in UK and of course excellent housewives, the famous phrase of Mrs Tetteh. The School is expanding and no effort should be spared to continue the good work.
It has now become necessary to expand the infrastructure of the School with a student population now at about, 2,400. Overcrowding is a common sight and students are at risk, exposed to frequent illness.
Presently about a third of the land area has been developed. At present the Yaa Asantewaa Alma Mater in UK, USA and Ghana are continuing to support the School.