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Inmates of Nsawam Prison matriculated into UCC


A total of fifty-nine inmates of the Nsawam medium-security prisons  had their matriculation ceremony at the Nsawam Prisons to study as distant students of the University of Cape Coast (UCC).

It is an initiative by the University of Cape Coast to motivate prisoners in the country’s education.

As a results of that, the university opened a prison campus inside the Nsawam prisons to help inmates.

Dr Joseph Ampiah, the Vice-Chancellor of UCC.

The event which was held at the Prisons, saw the 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.

At the event, he 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.

In his address to the fresh matriculants, he gave an account of 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.

In September 2019, the Church of Pentecost began building five settlement camp prisons for the Ghana Prisons Service to help decongest the country’s prisons.
The new facilities would be found in Obuasi and Ejura in the Ashanti Region, Nsawam in the Eastern Region, Hawia in the Western Region, and Kenyasi in the Ahafo Region.

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