3 Senior high school denies admission to man who had aggregate 16 because he was an ex-convict 1

3 Senior high school denies admission to man who had aggregate 16 because he was an ex-convict

Three SHSs in Ghana declined to admit a 23-year-old ex-convict because he was an ex-convict

He was jailed for snatching a bag and won his appeal and was freed in December 2020

In 2016, Abu Sufiano Yahya was sentenced to 12 years in jail for stealing a woman’s handbag in Kumasi, Ghana.

Yahya’s imprisonment does not deter him from pursuing an education. He took the BECE exams with the support of fellow inmates and wardens, and he graduated with an overall score of 16.

Yahya was fortunate in that he was successful in his appeal and was released from jail in December of last year.

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Yahya pursued entry into Ghanaian high schools to pursue his studies, according to Crime Check TV GH, with the aim of being a nurse.

Heartbreaking! 3 SHSs deny man, 23, who bagged aggregate 16 in BECE admission because he was an ex-convict

He was, though, turned down because he was a convicted felon. On Facebook, Crime Check TV GH shared Yahya’s troubling news, writing: “Unfortunately, Yahya, whose dream is to become a nurse, says three secondary schools have denied him admission after learning he is an ex-convict.”


“Are we by this shameful conduct not relegating the essence of the reformation and rehabilitation function of the Prisons Service to the background? Is there a law that says ex-convicts should be barred from pursuing higher education? Can some lawyers help us here?” it queried. “Our sentencing regime is problematic.

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12 years for snatching a handbag? Anyway, what do I know? And the uncivilised public schools denying an ex-convict education too what’s their problem? When at all are we going to get basic things right in this country? Hmmm,” the administrator of the page wrote.

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