- A 23-year-old student and ex-convict, Abu Sufiano Yahya, has allegedly been denied admission by three senior high schools in the country
- Yahya earned an aggregate of 16 in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) whilst in -jail
- He shared his story with Crime Check TV
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A young student, Abu Sufiano Yahya, has allegedly been denied admission by three Ghanaian secondary schools because he's an ex-convict.
Abu Sufiano Yahya, 23, was handed a 12-year jail term in 2016 for snatching a woman's handbag in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
While serving his term in prison, he did not give up on his education.
Yahya wrote and passed his Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), earning an aggregate of 16 with tuition from other inmates and wardens.
After spending some time in jail, he was released in December last year after winning an appeal but he's had to deal with stigma and discrimination.
Heartbreaking! 3 SHSs deny man, 23, who bagged aggregate 16 in BECE admission because he was an ex-convict
Despite bagging relatively good grades in the BECE, he claims that he's been denied admittance by three senior high schools in the country because he was incarcerated.
According to him, the authorities of the schools, Awe Senior High School, Fumbisi Senior High School, and the Sandema Senior High School, all in the Northern Region refused to admit him because he is an ex-convict.
Crime Check TV in a post on Facebook disclosed that Yahya has an ambition of becoming a nurse but that dream may never materialise because of his ill-fated record as an ex-convict.
In an interview, Yahaya told Crime Check TV that all the schools he tried to gain admission into asked him to go back to his former school for a recommendation.
''The Awe SHS headteacher after reading the recommendation from the Kumasi Central Prison where I wrote my BECE, told me unless I go to the Ghana Education Service head office in Accra he wouldn’t be in the position to admit me.''
Yahaya is therefore appealing to the government to help him gain entry into any of the three senior high schools that have refused to enrol him.
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Previously, YEN.com.gh reported a midwife who was spotted transporting an expectant woman in labour on a shabby-looking wooden door to a clinic has been celebrated for her dedication and commitment to her work.
The midwife was captured with some residents carrying an expectant mother in labour on the makeshift wooden door to a distant clinic in the Sekyere East District in the Ashanti Region.
YEN.com.gh previously reported that the cocoa-growing area, where the incident occurred lacks basic social amenities, including potable water and electricity.
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