An initiative by the University of Cape Coast to encourage education in the country’s prisons has seen some 59 inmates benefitting.
The University opened a prison campus inside the Nsawam prisons to help inmates qualified for diploma courses to also enroll and 59 of these persons have been welcomed already for the course in 2020.
The ceremony which was held at the Prisons saw the Vice-Chancellor of UCC, Joseph Ampiah, swearing in the fresh batch of students with an oath of allegiance.
At the event, Vice-Chancellor of UCC, Dr Joseph Ampiah swore in the fresh batch of students with an oath of allegiance.
“By the powers invested in me, I do hereby matriculate you, admitting you to the rights, privileges and responsibilities of the University of Cape Coast,” he declared to the cheerful students.
Dr. Ampiah explained that the mission of the “great citadel of learning”, is in line with the move to admit the inmates to pursue their various courses of interest.
“This is the first time in this country tertiary education has been taken to the doorstep of prison inmates” he stated.
Management and Accounting are some of the courses the admitted students are studying.
Dr. Ampiah narrated the story of Daniel Mangle, a former convict who studied law while serving his term for manslaughter and is a lawyer for prison guards and inmates in civil court cases.
Mr Mangle is currently teaching Law at the University of Michigan State University.
Last year, 59 prisoners were enrolled to pursue various diploma courses in Business and Education through the school’s Distance Learning Programme.