Dr. Ophelia Affreh is a Research Fellow and presently lectures postgraduate courses -Educational Planning, Concepts and Issues, Human Resource Development in Education - at the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA), a UNESCO Category II Centre of Excellence at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana
She holds a PhD in Education (Qualitative Research) from the University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana and an M.Phil (Educational Planning) also from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. She has also obtained a B.Ed. (Psychology) degree from the same university.
Dr. Affreh has attained significant knowledge in educational planning and administration in higher education with rich experience in research as she worked for some considerable years assisting in various research projects at the IEPA. She trained as a professional teacher and taught at the pre-tertiary levels of the Ghana Education Service (GES) for thirteen years before joining the University of Cape Coast. She has thus garnered rich experience in teaching and classroom management. During those periods of teaching, she took responsibilities of other co-curricular activities including school-based health coordinator, acting head teacher, school-based girls education officer, among others, to improve teaching and learning.
Dr. Affreh’s research interests are in educational planning, educational research and leadership, human resource development and administration in higher education. She has attended and presented papers at a number of local and international conferences and conducted research for a good number of years now, leading to the publication of articles and reports in local and international journals. Distinguished amongst these journals are: Investigating transnational education (TNE) partnerships and the environment distance learning in higher education institutions in Ghana; Placement and utilisation of ‘IEPA’ graduates in sectors of the Ghanaian economy: Insights from a nation-wide tracer study; Students’ waste management practices at the University of Cape Coast: Challenges and gender differences; Home characteristics and the academic performance of selected students of public basic schools in Moree, among others.
Dr. Affreh has served and continues to serve on various boards and committees within and outside the University of Cape Coast. Presently, she is a Supervisor for the GES Promotional Examination, the Coordinator of the M.Phil and Ph.D thesis Seminar of IEPA and a part of the research team of IEPA undertaking various cutting-edge research to influence policy in West Africa. Irrespective of her career as an academia, Dr. Affreh takes keen interest in health issues and is the Executive Secretary of the Cancer Health Foundation, a non-governmental organisation based in Kumasi that provides support and advocacy in creating awareness of early detection and treatment, particularly, breast cancer.