The founder and first headmistress of this reputable school was born in Bridgetown, the capital of the Island of Barbados, on 25th September, 1932. Miss Etta Eupheme Conliffe had her secondary education at the Modern High School after which she travelled to Panama to stay with her grandparents. While in Panama she studied Spanish. She returned to Barbados some years later and then proceeded to England in 1956 to study Nursing.
She met Mr. E. K. Dei in 1958 while she was still a student nurse at Coldchester Royal Infirmary. Miss E E Conliffe later relocated to London to continue her nursing. She eventually came to Ghana in June1961.
The marriage became a reality and was blessed by the late Bishop Lamaire, then the Archdeacon of the Anglican Diocese in Sekondi. Mr. and Mrs. E. K Dei then moved to Akwatia in 1962, where Mr. E. K Dei worked at Consolidated African Selection Trust C.A.S.T. She was a founding member of the Anglican Church in Akwatia and was awarded the Bishop’s Badge of Honour. The family again moved, this time to Tema, where Mr. E. K Dei took up employment with Lever Brothers Ghana Ltd.
At Tema, Mrs. E. E Dei started a nursery school called New Era Kindergarten in her home which was then at Community One. As the school grew, it was relocated to a larger permanent site at Community 8, Tema. The name was then changed to DEKS Educational Institute. At the time, The acronym DEKS stood for:
D - Dei, Common Surname
E - Etta, first mane of Founder
K - Kodzo, first name of Husband
S - To make it pronounceable
The name has however evolved to reflect the core value of the school. DEKS now stands for:
D - Discipline
E - Excellence
K - Kindness
S – Service
Mrs. Eupheme Dei unfortunately didn’t live long to see the full bloom of her dream, she died in April 1984. Her husband, Mr. E. K Dei, together with their children, Sonia and Mark, has since been managing the school. The school has now grown into a second cycle institution.
Thirty years ago, a vision was born in the mind of a woman whose memory still lives with us today. DEKS stands today as a living monument of this vision which has become a reality.
“From Barbados you planted the seed that grew in Ghana to supply the needed Quality education for all. Today doctors, lawyers, accountants and teachers are some of the fruits of your labour.
For as long as the Atlantic Ocean Breezes, we will cherish your memory.
As long as we sing the school anthem, we will remember your good works.
And for as long as we say the National Pledge, you will live in our memories.