THE FOUNDER, MR SAMMY OTOO – PROFILED
The name Sammy Otoo has over the last two decades become a household name in many educational institutions particularly Senior High Schools mainly because of the invaluable books he has written and published.
Born over 60 years ago, at Abakrampa in the Central Region of Ghana, he had his elementary school education at his hometown and proceeded to Fosu Teachers Training College from 1965-1969. From 1970-1975, he studied privately and obtained his ‘O’ Level and ‘A’ Level certificate before entering the University of Cape Coast where he obtained his B.A. (Hons) and Diploma in education.
Having taught in some 2nd cycle institutions like St. Augustine’s College, Amissano Seminary and Aggrey Memorial School, all in Cape Coast. He left for Nigeria where he also taught in many schools in the Oyo State.
As an accomplished scholar, a social scientist and educationalist, Sammy has an extraordinary zeal for human resource development. His avowed principle in life is that
there is good potential in every human being which must be harnessed for the development of the individual’s personality and for societal development
It is this passion for education and people-oriented principle that motivated him to organize classes for SSSCE (Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination) in 1993. He single-handedly administered the school from its infant stage. The huge success recorded in the first few years of the school’s existence attracted people from all walks of life, teachers, nurses, pastors, bankers etc. who wanted to improve on their O/Level, A/Level and SSSCE grades.
As an entrepreneur and a strong character with the zeal to succeed at all times, SAMMY OTOO worked assiduously to establish Sammo Senior High School in 1997 at Bakaano in Cape Coast. With quality teaching and dynamic leadership of Sammy, the school started producing a lot of students for the various universities in Ghana. The ‘remedial’ department has in no doubt put back smiles on the faces of thousands of students over the period.
Mr Sammy Otoo did not rest on his oars and as a visionary; he soon realized that there was the need to expand the facilities for the ever-increasing number of students. It was against this background that a parcel of land was acquired at Yamoransa, a suburb of Cape Coast, for the building of another ultra-modern Senior High School to accommodate over 1,000 students.
His passion for education and services to humanity again manifested itself when in 2006 moved by inadequate accommodation in his alma mater (University of Cape Coast); he decided to put a 120 room private hostel to accommodate some of the students of the University.
Mr Otoo’s cherished ambition and vision is to build a modern private University to offer admission to many students who cannot get access to the country’s limited Universities.
His heart desire to bring ‘education’ to the children of the poor is also manifested in several Educational Endowment Funds and Scholarship Schemes for the brilliant but needy students he has instituted. He is currently the Vice-Chairman of Abura-Asebu Kwamankese District (AAK) educational fund catering for the brilliant but poor students in the district.
As a philanthropist and a devoted Christian, he is well known for offering financial assistance to many Church projects and has won several national and international awards for his efforts.
Perhaps, it was in the recognition of his selfless service to humanity and leadership that the country honoured him recently with a ‘National Award’ in Education.