Imprisoned former GES director teaches inmates to read and write


This is a story about love gone sour and how one’s status in life can change overnight.

Former deputy director of education with the Ghana Education Service, Jonge Kwame Akwatia is presently serving a life sentence for murdering his wife in an apparent bout of rage.

The Phd holder is however not letting his knowledge rot with him in jail and has put all of it at the disposal of the prison school there, just so his fellow inmates would come out better educated. 

Kwame Akwatia  is part of a 2008 initiative at the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons where some of his past students sat for the Basic School Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and passed.

They have gone on to further their education at the Senior High Schools.

Some are in the University after prison became not a place of condemnation but hope, thanks to a changing institutional attitude of the Prison Service in Nsawam.

“Some were in school before they were imprisoned…some have not had any education but they wanted to better their lives.”, Kwame Akwatia told Joy News Thursday.

Watch more from the interview below: 


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