Ghana’s prison system has over the years seen transformations in terms of providing training for inmates. There are obviously reports of several challenges in the yard including congestion and poor feeding of inmates due to inadequate feeding fees but there is always good news for persons who wish to continue their education.
Irrespective of the crime that landed the person in prison, they are allowed to write examinations like any other student in the country. Over the years, the authorities of the Ghana Prisons Service have been expanding their tentacles to increase the number of subjects and are now allowing inmates to sit for the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). Apart from that, they also run Junior high school and the TVET training for interested inmates. I’m reliably informed that policymakers are planning to add tertiary education to the various prisons.
This is good news to the extent that inmates who decide to enroll in such courses are provided with special treatments in the yard. A few inmates are currently studying for examinations in the prisons and one of them is Kwaku Frimpong. The name rings a bell in the minds of many Ghanaians who are familiar with the famous second sermon song by black Sherif.
Kwaku Frimpong is a twenty-six-year-old prisoner who is serving many years for a crime he was found guilty of committing. Soon after stepping foot in the prison, he enrolled on the register of the school in the yard. He studied very well and sat for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and passed. Now, Kwaku Frimpong is studying various courses to write his final West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
As brilliant as Kwaku Frimpong is, he is optimistic about passing his examination to enable him to achieve his dreams. He wants to be a lawyer in the future and that can only happen after serving his jail term. Kwaku Frimpong is optimistic that his dreams to become an astute lawyer will not die in the prison. He is poised to furthering his education to a law school and that will be fulfilled at all costs.
One challenge for the prisoners who are in school has been the payment of their final examination registration fee but the Crime Check Foundation has intervened and settled for those who are ready. For persons like Kwaku Frimpong, measures must be adopted by the government to have his examination fees paid and even allow him to pursue his law course whilst still in prison. If we are able to get more prisoners educated, they will be released transformed and that will save the country from the numerous crimes being recorded almost every day.
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