Wesley Girls’ High School Headmistress

Ghana School Aid wishes to add its tribute to a remarkable lady who passed away on 30 January 2013, aged 86.  Clarice Garnett (latterly Clarice Howarth) was born in Rathmell, Yorkshire in 1927.  After completing a science degree at Oxford, she left for Ghana in 1950, aged just 23.  She joined Wesley Girls’ High School, Cape Coast as a biology teacher and Methodist missionary, and took over the headship in 1960, retaining it until her retirement in 1981 after more than 30 years at the school.  She was awarded Ghana’s highest accolade, the Grand Order of the Volta, and in the UK, the MBE for services to education.  Many former students occupy key positions in Ghanaian society, all are vocal about the debt they owe to their wonderful head teacher.  Many services are being held to honour Clarice, they are a testament to a life wholly productive in every way which has helped shape the Ghana we know today. Ayikoo!