The dream to become a prison warden since her childhood has seen Paulina Anning to complete her Junior High School (JHS) education at 56 years.
Paulina wrote her final BECE exam paper on Friday, June 17, 2016 and was all joy as she was spotted in jubilation with her colleagues.
She told TV3 news: “All I’ve ever wanted in this life was to become a prison officer but because my parents could not send me to school, I had to forget my dream. But I now want to revive and achieve that dream.”
Paulina held on to her dream and enrolled at Primary 3 in Weweso MA Primary School in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region at age 49 and immediately got thrilled at her ability to write her full name.
The brave mother of four says she is not giving up yet and hopes she passes her exams to qualify for a three-year secondary education.
She says the inability of her parents to enroll her in school did not bog her down as she rather thought it wise to enroll in school and not leave the joy and benefit of education to her kids only but rather join them and also become an example to society, especially the youth.
Isaac Anning, Paulina’s eldest son said he was initially not in favour of his mother’s decision to start school at that elderly age but says he is now proud of her ability to read and write.
Her teachers said Paulina is a fast learner and a determined student, a trait that made learning easy for her. She did not allow the age gap to take the better part of her and enjoyed playing with her classmates.
Her mathematics teacher, Elizabeth Essel described her as one of the most serious students in her class who went on to became a role model to most of the students in the school because of her age.
She said: “What I can say about Aunty Paulina is that, she is such a serious student because of her enthusiasm. She was finding it a bit difficult when she started but with time she became a fast learner.”
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An excited Paulina concluded: “The journey has been very rough but my determination and God’s favour has seen me through my Junior High School level.”
Paulina however, made a passionate appeal to government to offer her the opportunity to serve Ghana as a warden before she die due to her closeness to the retirement age which would not allow her.