- Three SHSs in Ghana have refused a 23-year-old admission because he was an ex-convict
- Jailed 12 years in prison he bagged an aggregate 16 in his BECE whilst in jail
- He was jailed for snatching a bag and won his appeal and was freed in December 2020
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A 23-year-old man has been denied admission into three Ghanaian secondary schools because “he is an ex-convict.”
Abu Sufiano Yahya was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2016 for snatching a woman’s handbag in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
Yahya’s incarceration would not stop him from seeking education. Taught by colleague inmates and wardens, he sat the BECE exams and passed with an aggregate 16.
Luck smiled on Yahya and he won his appeal and was released from prison in December last year.
According to Crime Check TV GH, with the ambition to become a nurse, Yahya sought admission into Ghanaian secondary schools to further his education.
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He was, however, refused admission because he was an ex-convict.
Sharing Yahya’s disturbing story on Facebook, Crime Check TV GH wrote: Sadly, Yahya whose ambition is to become a nurse claims three secondary schools have refused him admission after realizing he is an ex-convict.”
“Are we by this shameful conduct not relegating the essence of the reformation and rehabilitation function of the Prisons Service to the background? Is there a law that says ex-convicts should be barred from pursuing higher education? Can some lawyers help us here?” it queried.
“Our sentencing regime is problematic. 12 years for snatching a handbag? Anyway, what do I know? And the uncivilised public schools denying an ex-convict education too what's their problem? When at all are we going to get basic things right in this country? Hmmm,” the administrator of the page wrote.
Crime Check TV GH’s post sparked massive reactions and comments.
Vivian Mawuli Gli writes, “The backward mindset of some people in leadership positions in this country is mind-blowing.. Just taking matters into their own hands and suppressing people from reaching their life goals..”
Affum Isaac added: “Majority of these headmasters are "Christians" too. Until we get common rules for all senior high schools in Ghana, heads of schools will be running the institutions like their personal properties.”
Eric Attah said: “Sometimes u wonder the kind of democracy we practice in this country, n yet talk of violation of human right. So do they expect him to continue in that way to become a fully arm robbery ? He should seek to private secondly school. May God be his helper.”
Tweneboah Ba Nyasafuo opined: “They rather giving him more room to continue with his act. Sometimes conditions take us to situations we never had wish for ourselves . May God be our guide.”
Ahamed Adams Medoo added: “Hmmmmm. I just don't understand our problem in Africa especially Ghana, we pretend, we choose what is good and what is bad by our own feelings and bad activities, and bad ruling by our leaders are steering direct in faces.”
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