YEN.com.gh reports of how five prisoners who got good grades at the BECE are unable to proceed to senior high school (SHS) mainly due to the lack of educational structures at the Nsawam Prisons.
It has emerged that some five candidates who did creditably well at the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) can not further their education into the senior high school due to the limitations of being a prisoner.
These five prisoners of the Nsawam Prisons are unable to continue their education mainly due to the lack of educational structures there that could have seen them attain SHS education
Public relations officer of the Nsawam Prisons, DSP Vitalis Aryee, has revealed that the correctional facility is currently in dire need for an educational facility which will aid prisoners who have the verve in academics pursue courses of their dreams.
Checks at the Nsawam Prisons show that one candidate passed with distinction with the other four obtaining between aggregate 10-15 but unfortunately, such inmates have no option but complete their secondary education only after they have served their prison terms.
This sad narrative from the Nsawam Prison can be experienced across many other correctional facilities in the country as troubling cases continue to reveal the challenge with human abuses and over congestion.
Meanwhile, the ministry of gender and social protection is yet to comment on this issue especially at this time when government has successfully implemented the "Free SHS" policy which currently covers about 400,000 students across the country.
Access to basic education remains a constitutional right in Ghana which even covers prisoners due to the reformation process it helps them embark on. But unfortunately, the absence of the needed infrastructure continue to make this constitutional right less effective.
This video of the pain prisoners in Ghana go through will make you cry:
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