Title: Mary Gyabiah : 66-Year-Old Mother Of 11 Writes Ongoing BECE
A sixty-six-year-old woman, Mary Gyabiah, made history when she wrote her first paper in the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) at the Mansen Senior High School Examination Centre at Wamfie in the Dormaa East District of the Brong-Ahafo Region.
... In an interview with pressmen, Madam Gyabiah, a mother of 11, explained that she started school from Primary Three in 2006.
She said although she was a farmer, she realised that one couldn’t progress without education. Madam Gyabiah, who attends Nsesereso-Asuhyiaeso D/A School, said she wanted to turn her life around and impact positively on the lives of children, teachers and opinion leaders in the community.
Asked how she managed with her learning, she noted that although her classmates and teachers helped her, it was not an easy task and appealed to parents not to hesitate to provide the things their wards needed for school to enable their children to climb higher in the education ladder.
She was proud to say that she could now write her name and sign her signature when she goes to the bank instead of thumb-printing.
Touching on some challenges facing her, the 66-year-old woman said her main challenge was a waist problem bedevilling her and appealed to well- meaning Ghanaians and government to come to her aid as she hoped to further her education to the Dormaa Senior High School.
The Dormaa East District Director of Education, Nana Otu Acheampong, noted that Madam Gyabiah had been acting as a role model to the students and teachers as she counselled them, adding that she even advised him.
He said her academic performance was average and hoped she would be able to continue to the Senior High School level.
In a related development, a 45-year-old man at Wamanafo D/A JHS, Abu Musah, is also in JHS Two.
Mr. Musah, who is a cocoa farmer, narrated that during his childhood years, his guardians did not send him to school.
He said he was acquiring formal education to learn how to read because a literate cocoa farmer could not be cheated easily by cocoa purchasing clerks.
He also encouraged young people not to hesitate to go back to the classroom as it was better late than never..