History Of The Noble Institution

The establishment of the Presbyterian Women’s Training College at Aburi falls within the missionary exploits of the Evangelical Missionary Society (the Basel Missionaries) at the Gold Coast. The mission took the provision of education as an integral part of its mission and evangelistic agenda. Further, equal attention was given to the education of girls just as that of boys. As a result, wherever the mission opened a boys’ school, a girls’ school was immediately or soon opened either at the same station or within some proximity of that station In line with this policy the Basel mission in 1858 opened the first Primary Girls’ Boarding School (the first of its kind in this country) at Aburi. The school did not only admit pupils from Aburi but also admitted girls from the Osu, Abokobi, Odumasi and Akropong mission stations.

In 1916, a girls, Senior School (later known as the middle school) was opened along side. This was to make it possible for the girls completing standard three (Primary Class 6) continue at standard four (form one) and complete standard seven (form four). The first World War from 1914 – 1919 affected work at the schools at Aburi. The British Colonial Government deported the Basel Missionaries from their mission stations at the Gold Coast; including Aburi. This was due to the German background of the missionaries which the British looked at with suspicion in their territory in a critical time of war against Germany. The Scottish Missionaries who were then operating in the Northern Nigerian state of Kalabar were invited to take over the administration of the Basel Missions Schools. Subsequently, three female teachers; Miss Wallace, Miss Efie Sutherland and Miss Agnes Gray were posted to Aburi in 1920.

In the year 1923, Miss E.H. Mackillican arrived at Aburi to replace Miss Agnes Gray who had been transferred to Kalabar. The very year she arrived, Miss Mackillican introduced a class on Teaching Methods out of which the Teacher Training College was to eventually emerge. It is worthy to note that an important aspect of Education was added to the Aburi School in 1925. Miss C. P. Moir opened a Kindergarten Class; the first of its kind in the country, at the school. The K.G class was taken over by Miss E. M. Beveridge, author of “Kan Me Hwe” series of readers for schools in the Twi Speaking areas of Ghana and was assisted by Miss Ophelia Som.

In 1928, the Colonial Government officially approved the establishment of the Teacher Training College at Aburi. It was to run as a Two-Year Teacher Training Course for Women. The Education Committee of the Presbyterian church of the Gold Coast (Ghana) had in 1945 requested the heads of the Basel and Scottish for the possibility of establishing a Girls Secondary Grammar School. The school was to run alongside the training college programme. The understanding was that students admitted to the training college and secondary school would hold classes together in the first two years after which they would separate for their respective curricular. This led to the establishment of a Girls’ Secondary School, now Aburi Girls’ Secondary School in 1946 to run alongside the Girls’ senior school and Teacher Training College on the same compound. From 1948, the Girls’ Senior School was moved to a new site in the Aburi town where it was run as Church School with African Headmistress and staff trained at the training college.

The Secondary School and Teacher Training College moved to the present site of the College on 10th December 1953. This was amidst torchlight procession. At this time, there was 76 Secondary School and 60 Teacher Training College Students. A year later, on 11th December, 1954, the secondary school was again moved to its present site. The College had her first batch of African staff transferred from Agogo on 1st February 1954.

The first Ghanaian Principal was Ms. Gladys AdumKwapong. She headed the College from 1963 to 1980. An attempt was made to make the college a co-educational institution in 1961 with the admission of 41 make students. This was followed with the admission of a second batch of thirty males in 1962. This experiment was, however, discontinued apparently due to the inadequacy of facilities for a co-educational institution and also as a result of disciplinary problems. Through the ingenuity, selflessness and committed service of the founding mothers inspired by the Holy Spirit to work in the field of female education has emerged the college that has emerged the college that has provided quality education in the area of female teacher education.

The origin, mission and vision of the college can be looked at under three broad eras, namely the Basel Mission era, the Scottish Mission era and the Ghanaian Church era.


The College has had eight Principals since its establishment. They are:

Mrs. E. H. Mackillican 1928 to 1953
Mrs. GetrudeJuzi 1954 to 1963
Ms. Gladys Kwapong 1963 to 1980
Mrs. Beatrice Osafo Affum 1980 to 1991
Mrs. Henrietta Offei-Awuku 1991 to 1999
Mrs. Charity Asare 1999 to 2000
Mrs. Rose Oduro-Koranteng 2001 to 2009
Ms. Grace Manubea Ansah 2009 to 2012
Dr. Harriet Naki Amui 2012 to date


The college has run full teacher training institution in the country and has run diverse teacher training programmes introduced at one time or the other. Some of these are:
(i) A4 – year House craft Specialist course.
(ii) A4 – year Certificate ‘A’ ordinary course.
(iii) A2 – year Post Secondary Certificate Course.
(iV) A4 - year Certificate ‘A’ Post Middle Course 1983 to 1990.
(v) A3 – year Post Secondary Certificate ‘A’ course – 1995 to 2000
(vi) A4 – year Certificate ‘A’ Post Middle course 1983 to 1990.

And finally 3 – year Diploma in Basic Education course. The college has turned out millions of trained teachers who have rendered committed and dedicated service to the education sector of the nation.