Ten years after dropping out of school, Louis Faith, a mother of three has recounted how President Akufo Addo’s free Senior High School programme revived her almost shattered dream of becoming a midwife.
Narrating her story to a team from the Free SHS Secretariat, the 25-year-old lady said she dropped out of JHS in 2009 due to teenage pregnancy. After giving birth, life was very difficult in terms of catering for herself and her baby.
Still having the desire to go back to school after giving birth, a very emotional Faith disclosed that she began preparing to re-enter Junior High School but unfortunately got pregnant for the second time hence her education suffered another setback. She further revealed that after her second child she got pregnant again which also affected her desire to go back to school.
Resorting to the hawking business to make ends meet, Faith indicated that people she encountered were amazed at her intelligence and encouraged her to return to school.
Speaking to a team from the Free SHS secretariat, a teary Faith disclosed that she took the bold step in 2018 to return to school. She then sat for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in 2019 and came out with flying colours.
She continued that since the government’s Free SHS Programme was already in place, she was admitted to Mawuli Senior High School for her secondary education.
“I was 14 years when I dropped out of school because I was pregnant. That was the year 2009. I was 14 years by then. Since then when I had my first child, I was having this desire to go back to school but because of financial constraints, I was hawking to provide for myself and my child,” she narrated.
She also recounted that “I decided I will go back to school. As I was preparing again, I got pregnant again because I was staying with a man. I had to drop that desire and start all over. But along the line, unfortunately, I got pregnant for the third time.”
“I want to thank the government. I know it is not only me who is going through this but because of Free SHS I have gone back to school. There are a lot out there. To me, it’s a good thing, and I thank the government. I want to become a midwife,” the now mother of three and a student of Mawuli School said with a broad smile.
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