Reginald Reynolds Amponsah
|Reginald Reynolds Amponsah|
|Minister for Education|
1971 – January 1972
|Prime Minister||Kofi Abrefa Busia|
|Preceded by||William Ofori Atta|
|Born||December 30, 1919
|Died||June 3, 2009(aged 89)|
|Resting place||Adudwan, Ghana|
|Political party||Progress Party|
New Patriotic Party
|Alma mater||Achimota School|
Amponsah completed his secondary education at the Achimota School in 1942. He was the school prefect for his year. Among his mates there were Victor Owusu, K. B. Asante, and Silas Duodu. He was awarded a scholarship to study pottery at Stoke on Trent in the United Kingdom.
Amponsah was in opposition with the United Party in the first republic. Kwame Nkrumah's government, he was accused of plotting to overthrow the Convention People's Party government along with Victor Owusu, Apaloo, William Ofori Atta, Dzenkle Dzewu Joe Appiah and Major Awhaitey. During a BBC interview, he said about his arrest in 1958 that
A British police officer came to me and said “you are under arrest", ... "He pulled a gun and said “come at once or I will blow your head off."
He was appointed by Kofi Abrefa Busia as Minister for Lands, Mineral Resources, Forestry and Wildlife in his Progressive Party government. He was later appointed Education minister and initiated the process for reforms in basic education in Ghana.
During the fourth republic, he was the Chairman of the Council of Elders of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). He was influential in uniting various factions within the NPP leading up to the 2008 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Amponsah was born at Daaman near Asante Mampong in the Sekyere West District of the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He was married with four children. He was buried on 3 September 2009 at Adudwan, also near Asante Mampong.
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William Ofori Atta
|Minister for Education
|Minister for Lands, Mineral Resources, Forestry and Wildlife
|Parliament of Ghana|
|Member of Parliament