Keta Secondary School

Six decades of excellent education!! Six decades of the story of excellence!! It all began with Nathan Quao. He came with a vision: “to nurture young people who would grow to build Ghana and the world”. One would say, “this is a wild imagination on the lunatic fringe”, but it was a vision grounded in the belief that God uses simple people to achieve Glory. Sosthenes Doe Sorkpor had his anointed hands touching them in the process of their creation. The call went out and they answered it. Abotsi Leonard, he answered the call Adjavon Alphonse, he too answered it and is currently our heartbeat in industry and education.
Agbotui Joshua, later a distinguished military officer – he too answered it Gbedemah Frederick, later Prof. Fui Fianyo Kosi.

D.K. Sedanu-Kwawu 

M.Ed (Adm), B.A. English, Dip. Ed, (Headmaster)Ahlijah

Gbedemah, a.k.a. “this is preposterous” – he too responded  to the call

Edgar – answered it

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The foundation for excellence in our school however was led by 25 pioneers. Generations following  them were therefore obliged to keep the agenda burning – in all walks of human endeavor. 


We aspire to remodel our school into one of the first ten educational centres nationwide, typically  recognized for their moral rearmament, excellent academic pedigree, and a first class sporting institution, milling out men and women for our motherland and the world.


We are charged to build our students into decent, mature and dignifi ed people, proud of their heritage, empower our tutors and workers, and collaborate with all decent partners in and outside the  educational industry, so our school becomes the fi rst choice for all discerning and determined parents.

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The School's Motto

Our motto is ‘DZO LALI’ which literally translates ‘Fly Now’. When this is mentioned, the response  is ‘Now or Never’. This inspiring motto is more explicit in the story told by Africa’s greatest human ist – Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey, about that eagle that was eating with chicks, unspotted by the poultry  farmer, but by a visitor. 

The latter’s constant charge to the eagle to ‘fly high into the skies where you belong, for you are an  eagle and not a chick’, and his constant motivation to the eagle (by lifting it up), until one day it  answered the visitor’s call was what led to the founding fathers to setting up  Ketasco. Our motto is reflected in the Eagle, king of all birds under the firmament. Till today, we  are feared, loved and hated in a ‘reverential way’ (courtesy Ben Dotse Malor, Dzo Lali ’79, former  Chief Executive Officer, UN Radio, advisor to Mr. Ban Ki Moon (UN Secretary General) and currently Presidential Advisor on Communications, The Flagstaff House, Accra. For you, to have been admitted here, is to signify to you that you are a great personality, ready and  willing to don the shoes of those other greats who not only have passed through the walls of Ketasco,  but through whom Ketasco has also passed and will pass. Feel welcome. 

‘Woe Zor, …..Dza, Dza, Dza.

The School's Anthem

Once to every man and nation
Comes the moment to decide
In the strife of truth with falsehood
For the good or evil side
Some great cause. God’s new Messiah
Offering each the bloom or blight
And the choice goes by forever;
‘Twixt that darkness and that light.

2. Then to side with truth is noble
When we share her wretched crust
Ere her cause bring fame and profit,
And ‘tis prosperous to be just;
Then it is the brave man chooses
While the coward stands aside,
Till the multitude make virtue
Of the faith they had denied.

Our History

The little acorn that fell into the ground and became the mighty oak” may well be the story of Keta  Senior High Technical School. From a humble beginning of twenty-five students in rented premises,  it has grown into one large formidable institution of learning whose name reverberates in both national and international circles, far beyond the wildest dreams and visions of the founding fathers.

This success story is evident not only in terms of the rapid infrastructural development that has  taken place over the years, but more so in terms of the quality of the personnel that it has produced  so far to meet the nation’s and international manpower requirements. Keta Senior High Technical  school has contributed immensely towards the top and middle-level manpower needs of this country. Her products are occupying some of the highest positions in society today. From the civilian as  well as the security services, Ketasco is fully represented in the highest professional and managerial  positions. From administration through medical health delivery to welfare services, insurance, law,  commerce and industry, products of this institution are spread all over the length and breadth of our  nation. Lately, our name is being heard in the world’s area of Science, Technology,

It all started on the 27th of February 1953, when some prominent personalities were commissioned  to start a day institution that would serve as a catchment school for the hosts of elementary schools  scattered all over this area of the country. It was, therefore, on that fateful day that the school started  with Mr. Nathan Quao, as its founding headmaster, in a rented house just opposite the premises of  the present Electricity Company, Dzelukope. It was there in the house of the Kudzawus that it remained for eight years.

It was not until 1961 that the school moved to its present and permanent site near the government  residential area.

Approval for the new site for the school came when Mr. J.W. Abruquah was the headmaster of the  school and Mr. C.H. Chapman was the Regional Commission for the Volta Region and a member  of the school’s Board of Governors. Under the pressure from the governing board, the Government  decided to hand over the management of the school to the Ghana Education Trust.

Before then, the chairman of the Board, Rev. Dr. F.K. Fiawoo, had remarked that he would not accept  “a meager sum for the construction of a hut” for the school when the school was voted an amount regarded by many as a mere pittance, in view of existing price levels, for the construction of the school  building at the new site. After some negotiations, the Ghana Education Trust Fund, established by the  Kwame Nkrumah government took over the construction of the buildings.

The wind of change and general excitement that greeted the attainment of republican status in  1960 was not restricted to the streets of Accra alone. Its echoes reverberate far, even to Keta, and  precisely to a site which would later become KETA SECONDARY SCHOOL.

On November 4th 1960, just a few months after Ghana had changed her academic year, Mr. K.A.  Gbedemah, the then Minister of Finance, visited the present site and laid the foundation stone for  the building of some school blocks. As a follow-up to that visit, the then president of the Republic,  the great Dr. Kwame Nkrumah himself adorned the scenery of the compound with a visit on 21st  December 1960 during which he planted an Indian almond tree that still stands as a historical monument and provides a comforting shade near the present Assistant Headmaster’s bungalow. The initial foundation laying ceremony bore fruit just a year later when a group of students in Forms  Two and Four moved from the old to the present site on 11th September 1961.

The site accommodated one classroom block, an administration block, an assembly hall and science  laboratory. The rest of the students followed a year later. Mr. R.E.K. Matanawui, the then Assistant  Headmaster mooted the idea of establishing a hostel after having realized that a group of students,  who had traveled from far-off places to the school in pursuit of the ‘golden fleece’ (knowledge), had  no place to lay their heads. The school was then a day school. The students sought refuge in the  dining hall which was the one building partially vacant. By that time, it was becoming increasingly  clear that for the school to continue pursuing its educational goals and providing the needed tutelage  for the diverse categories of its pupils, especially those who hailed from outside the district and the  region, provision must be made for some form of residential accommodation. But that was not to  be until another chapter was opened in the annals of the school in 1967 with the admission of the  first batch of Sixth Form pupils comprising 28 boys and 3 girls. That decision brought in its wake the  introduction of boarding facilities. Ever since, the school has admitted both day and boarding students.