A BRIEF HISTORY OF ST. PAUL TECHNICAL SCHOOL
St. Paul Technical School was established in 1957 by the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) Missionaries of the Catholic Church in Ghana. It was indeed the first Technical School ever established in Ghana by the Catholic Church to train the youth to acquire employable technical skills.
The three men who toiled to get the school started were the Rt. Rev. Bishop J.O. Bowers, the then Bishop of Accra Diocese, Rev. Fr. John Harpel, the first Principal of the school and the late Nana Kwabena Kena II, the chief of Kukurantumi and Adontenhene of Akyem Abuakwa who did not only release the land but also mobilized his subjects in clearing it through communal labor.
Rev. Fr. Harpel started the school with eighteen (18) students under the shelter of a deserted U.T.C. stores which he used as a classroom. The course offered was Blocklaying and Concreting which he later incorporated with Carpentry. There were no workshops for practical work but the students did their practical work with a private contractor who was by then building the Catholic Mission House. Fr. Harpel was initially assisted by a German called Mr. Schutty and four Ghanaians.
Out of the eighteen pioneers, fourteen were able to graduate in 1960 with the School Diploma.
By 1960, the first classroom, now the administration block, and the science block had been built. The classroom block was a multi-purpose block . It was used partly as a classroom and partly as a workshop with only one small machine—a combined planer cum cutter.
The 1960’s saw a rapid expansion and development. With the introduction of other courses: Auto-mechanics, Electrical Installation and Mechanical Engineering, many buildings and workshops were put up with corresponding increase in staff and student population. In 1962 the boarding house was opened with 20 students.
The school continued to award Diploma Certificates to its graduates until 1969 when it registered with the City and Guilds of London for the final examination.
Under his policy of ‘quality but not quantity’, Fr. Harpel laid a solid foundation for high academic standards and strict discipline both in the staff and students.
In 1970 Rev. Fr. Harpel, who had worked in the school for thirteen (13) years handed over the administration to Rev. Fr. Joseph Sprehe who had started teaching in the school in 1968. Fr. Sprehe rapidly improved the infrastructure of the school making it one of the best equipped technical schools in the country. Workshops were equipped, standard classrooms and library constructed, playfields prepared, beautiful landscaping and other works were done. He kept strongly to the policy of quality education and did all he could to put St. Paul in an enviable position of academic excellence and a school noted for high discipline.
The school remained a private mission school until 1973 when it was absorbed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports into the Public Education System.
From 1979, the school started offering the Pre-Technician, Advanced and Technician Courses.
In 1993, after serving the school tirelessly for twenty-five (25) years, Rev. Fr. Sprehe left the school for another missionary assignment in Ghana and handed over the school to Mr. Stephen Godomey who is the current Principal.
- SOME PERSONALITIES TO BE REMEMBERED IN THE HISTORY OF SPATS:
The following personalities devoted themselves in assisting the pioneering heads of the school in teaching and establishing the various departments:
- 1. Rev. Bro. John Heckel, SVD (of blessed memory) – Auto Department.
- 2. Rev. Bro. Vitus Hartberger, SVD – Electrical Department.
- 3. Rev. Bro. Hans Faschingbauer, SVD – Mehanical Department
- 4.Rev. Fr. Josef Sprehe, SVD - Carpentry Department
- 5.Rev. Fr. John Harpel, SVD - Buildingand Construction Department.
Some of the others are: Fr. Walter Lichtneger., Fr. James Kirk, Bro Joseph O’Reilly, Bro. Peter Van Uffelen, Bro. Jim Nytes, Mr. Geisler, Mr. George Gebhard, Bro. Lanfrank,
The school has reached this far through the immense assistance from: the SVD, individual members of the SVD, Families, Friends and Charitable Organizations from Europe and America, the Ghana Government etc.
- A BRIEF HISTORY OF ST. PAUL TECHNICAL SCHOOL - SPATS (see above)
1. Date Institution was founded: 1957
2. Number of founding students: 9 (e.g. some pioneer students)
- a) Mr. Baffoe Baah
- b) Mr. Osei Kwame
- c) Mr. Mullings Tenkorang
- d) Mr. Baah
- e) Mr. Sintim
- f) Mr. Prempeh
- g) Mr. Oduro
- h) Mr. Darkwa
- i) Mr. Vincent
3. Name of first Principal: Rev. Father John Harpel, (SVD)
4. Present Strength of enrolment: 953 students (all males)
5. (There are plans to admit female students soon)
6. Courses Run in the School.
a) CRAFT COURSES (FORMS 1 – 3)
- MOTOR VEHICLE MECHANICS
- ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION WORK
- MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CRAFT
- BLOCKLAYING & CONCRETING
- CARPENTRY & JOINERY
b) PRE - TECH./ADV./TECH.
- GENERAL COURSE IN CONSTRUCTION
- MOTOR VEHICLE TECHNICIAN PART I
- ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN PART I
- MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN PART I
- CONSTRUCTION TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATE PART I
- MOTOR VEHICLE TECHNICIAN PART II
- ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN PART II
- MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN PART II
- CONSTRUCTION TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATE PART II
- BLOCKLAYING AND CONCRETING ADVANCE
- CARPENTRY AND JOINERY ADVANCE
- ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION WORK ADVANCE (COURSE C)
- CONSTRUCTION TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATE PART III
7. Name of current head: Mr. Stephen A. Godomey
8. Names of some prominent past students:
- 1. Dr. Clement Akomea - a renowned surgeon, London..
- 2. Mr. Emmanuel Botchwey - Estates Developer (Regimanuel Estates)
- 3. Mr. Boateng - Ananse Computer Systems
- 4. Mr. Gaba Norbert - Computer dealer
- 5. Mr. Princewell Boateng - Building Contractor
- 6. Mr. Percy Brown - Spare Parts Dealer
- 7. Mr. Kwadjo Antwi - Ghanaian Musician
- 8. Mr. Abakah Andrew - Established Carpenter
- 9. Rev. Father Duah - Catholic Priest
- 10. Mr. Michael Amaniampong - Electrical Contractor
- 11. Mr. Dokyi Amoabeng - Immediate past Vice Princ. Academic
- 12. Mr. Twum Duodu - Chief testing officer (MTTU, K’dua)
- 13. Mr. Noble Appiah - National Road Safety Commission
9. Some others working in various Organizations/Companies e.g.
- 1. Tema Oil Refinery (TOR)
- 2. Volta River Authority (VRA)
- 3. Nestle Ghana Limited
- 4. Accra Brewery
- 5. Civil Aviation
- 6. SPATS
- 7. Guinness Ghana Limited
- 8. Ghana Textile Limited (GTP)
- 9. Coca –Cola Bottling Company
- 10. Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA)
- 11. Hospital Engineering
- 12. Polytechnics
- 13. Air force
- 14. Army
- 15. Ghana Police Service
- 16. Fire Service
- 17. Department of Feeder Roads
- 18 Ghana High Way Authority (Highways)
- 19. Electricity Co. of Ghana
- 20. Ghana Telecommunication
- 21. Ghana Water Company
- 22. Volta Alluminium Company
- 23. Akosombo Textile Limited (ATL)
- 24. Volta Lake Transport
- 25. Cocoa Research Institute –Tafo (CRIG)
- 1966 - St. Paul Technical School became the Eastern Regional Soccer Champions.
- 1985 – SPATS emerged the Eastern Region’s Champion in Volley Ball and Basket Ball.
- 1987 – SPATS won eleven (11) out of twenty-five (25) international City and Guilds
- Awards offered to all Technical Schools in Ghana for extra-ordinary performance in The City and Guilds Examinations.
- Placed second in a District Music and Cultural Festival.
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