The dreams of Abu Safianu Yahaya, 23, of becoming a nurse are in jeopardy after a secondary school he was accepted to refused to admit him after learning that he was an ex-convict.
According to Abu, who contacted the Crime Check Foundation for assistance in obtaining admission, he has attended three senior high schools in the Northern Region, namely Awe Senior High School, Fumbisi Senior High School, and Sandema Senior High School, all of which were informed that he was an ex-con.
He explained that he took the BECE during his prison sentence and received an overall score of 16.
He revealed, while describing his experience at the schools, that;
“All of the schools I applied to required me to return to my previous school for a recommendation letter before they would admit me. After reading the recommendation from the Kumasi Central Prison, where I wrote my BECE, the Awe SHS headteacher told me that unless I went to the Ghana Education Service head office in Accra, he would not be able to admit me.”
He went on to say that “the Fumbisi Headteacher who seemed willing to admit me said he would get in trouble if he enrolled me in the school.”
Speaking on why he was spending time in prison, he revealed that he had joined some bad boys in Kumasi and he got arrested after snatching a ladies handbag.
He was sentenced to twelve years in prison after he was found guilty but he was later released after spending four years behind bars and the passing of his dad and the family needed him to perform a ritual since he is the first male born of the father.
“I had been engaging in questionable behavior for some time prior to my prosecution. I have now repented.”
“My appeal of my sentence cost me 6,000 Ghana cedis. One of my uncles raised the funds. Because I am my father’s first male child, I was required to be present in order for the family to carry out the ritual,” he added.
He asked the government to intervene because he was considering suicide because society was not ready to accept him.