The school was established in 1985 by Mr. Adjei Koffour with approximately a population of 15 and has over the period seen a significant growth to a population of 1400 students within the last 25 years.
The founders had the divine direction to start a school that would be a model of moral character builder through the principles of the Bible, and contribute to the provision of quality education in Techiman, Brong Ahafo,Ghana and Africa in general so as to raise new generation of world changers who would lead by positive influence. Good Shepherd endeavours to develop mature persons capable of making choices which would enrich their own lives and contribute to the lives of others. Students develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their particular aspirations, and gain the confidence in making decisions appropriately
Good Shepherd Educational institute is dedicated to help each teacher educates each student as an individual, recognizing and developing one’s unique talents, skills and learning strengths. The main goal of the school is to offer an outstanding academic opportunity to develop the whole child
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FOUNDER: – MARGARET ADU AFRIYIE
PROPRIETOR: – ADJEI KOFFOUR
Good Shepherd Educational Institute (GoSEI) is a christian institution. It’s name, code of ethics, conducts, policies, rules and regulations are based on principles of Jesus Christ, the saviour of the world. The adopted name “Good shepherd”, advocates the school’s believe in training children to become good and notable citizens in their adulthood.
The school was established in September 1985. Initially, it was founded by Madam Margaret Adu Afriyie in 1984 with the name “ Good Shepherd International school”. It was handed over to me, Adjei Koffour, in July 1985.
The school then was renamed “Good Shepherd Educational Institute (GoSEI)”. The school was then registered with Ghana Education Service with registration number PA/10/86. Subsequently, it was registered with Registrar General’s department with No BN-87,705A on 26th July 1990.
The idea to establish a good school in Techiman township and its environs dawned on me during the time I was working with Techiman Holy Family Hospital as a Business / Personnel Manager. At that time, the hospital needed an experienced medical officer to manage the hospital. Any time the hospital authorities applied to have an experienced Ghanaian Doctor from Korle-Bu and Okomfo Anokye hospitals to stay in Techiman, the question asked was “could I have a good school for my children to attend?” “NO” answers deterred experienced doctors from coming to stay in Techiman and the hospital continued to carry on with expatriate doctors. It was there and then that I established Good Shepherd Educational Institute in September 1985.
At the time I took over Good Shepherd International School, classes were held in Christ Revival Church buildings. I negotiated with one Mr. Kwabena Mframa who had an uncompleted house near the Christ Revival Church and moved the school in there. I again negotiated with Christ Revival church and borrowed a piece of the church’s land and put up temporary structure to house the school. The school stayed in Mr. Mframa’s house for two years before moving into the new structures.
My desire to build a good school encouraged me to employ experienced teachers resulting in good academic performance of the pupils. The school grew from strength to strength.
In 1992, a disaster befell the school. The whole school with ten classrooms and an office caught fire and burnt down completely. This resulted in the closure of the school temporarily. Before the disaster, the school was running a primary school and a commercial college. After the disaster, the commercial school could not be revived, notwithstanding, the primary school was reactivated and few years later the school moved to its present site (Opposite Techiman Senior High School).
In 1996, the school entered into partnership with the Ghana Education Service (GES) to operate Junior Secondary School (JSS). The partnership agreement was that, the GES would supply Government trained teachers on government pay-roll to the school while the proprietor would charge parents half of the government approved school fees. The partnership actually went on very well. The academic standard of the pupils in the school was tremendously high. The school started passing BECE examinations, scoring the best aggregates. Good shepherd Educational Institute held first positions in BECE results in Techiman municipality and was seen as one of the best schools in the country.
Unfortunately, in 2004 GES abrogated the partnership agreement effective 2004 / 2005 academic year. To many partnership schools, which Good Shepherd Educational Institute was one, the abrogation was not acceptable because that partnership agreement was one of the best decisions taken by the then government of Ghana to improve upon the standard of education in basic schools. Therefore, (GoSEI) with four other schools contested the abrogation in the Sunyani High Court asking (1) GES to rescind its decision to abrogate the partnership agreement, (2) GES to extend the date of termination of the agreement for one more year ending 2005/2006 academic year. GES did not enter appearance but agreed and extended the date to 2005/2006 academic year, (documents and letters are attached).
In April 1998, GoSEI saw another disaster. Rainstorm destroyed six of its classrooms. With the help of parents the classrooms were gradually put up.
In 2008, Computer Laboratory was set up with fifty computers. In 2009 internet services were available in the school as well as the school’s web site www.goodshepherdinstitutetm.com. In February 2013 with the help of the PTA, a school library was opened. The PTA has continued to be the main supporter of the school.
There are some communities and individual personalities who need to be thanked for the various assistance to the school, eg (1) Techiman Christ Revival Church which allowed the school to use its church house as classrooms and also letting part of its land for the school’s temporary structures. (2) Forikrom community which helped in putting up temporary structures for the school. (3) Mr. Joshua Agyemang from Forikrom who lent the school boards to complete the temporary structures when the school burnt down in 1992.
(4) Mr. Kwadwo Owusu who was the PTA chairman for many years with selfless assistance to the school, (5) Mr. Kwabena Mframa and his wife, Madam, Abenaa Asaase who allowed the school to use their uncompleted buildings as initial classrooms, (6) Mr. Benjamin Opoku Ampomah who has been the headmaster of the school since 1996, His tenure of office has brought about development academically and structurally. The success story of Good Shepherd Educational Institute cannot end without thanking the Almighty God for bringing the school this far through thick and thin.
Written by Adjei Koffour, Proprietor / Director
Good Shepherd Educational Institute