Mfantsiman Girls Senior High School: A legacy of empowerment and education since 1960

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Mfantsiman Girls' Senior High School, located in Saltpond in the Central Region of Ghana, is an all-girls secondary education institution. Established in 1960 by Kwame Nkrumah, the school was originally named Saltpond Girls' Secondary School. It is also affectionately known as 'Syte'.

The founding of Mfantsiman Girls' Senior High School was inspired by the significant contributions of the women of Saltpond to Ghana's struggle for independence.

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the nation's first president, envisioned the school as a means to provide quality secondary education for girls, equipping them with the skills needed to harness their potential and contribute meaningfully to society. This vision aimed to alleviate poverty, promote socio-economic growth, and support national development.

The school officially opened its doors on September 30, 1960, as part of the Ghana Education Trust (GET) Schools. It initially admitted 70 girls from the Common Entrance Examination, with Mrs. Beatrice Chinery serving as the first headmistress.

Mfantsiman Girls' Senior High School began by offering the General Certificate of Education – Ordinary Level (G.C.E. 'O' Level) curriculum. Over the years, the institution expanded its academic programs to include the School Certificate / General Certificate of Education – Ordinary & Advanced Levels (SSCE/GCE 'O' & 'A' Levels) Examinations, as well as the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) and the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The school’s motto, "Obra Nye Woara Abo," translates from Twi to "Life is what you make it." The school colors are mauve and white, and the badge features symbols such as an eagle, a straw basket, the claw of an eagle, and a woman sitting on an elephant.

Additionally, the school's anthem includes a Latin composition that remains in use as the anthem of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

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