57-year-old Elizabeth Yamoah who completed her Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) today, September 18, 2020, hopes her story will be a motivation to others who wish to pursue academic excellence but are faced with challenges.
According to her, although she became a laughing stock among her peers and the talk of the town when she made up her mind to attend school, her determination to pursue academic excellence pushed her to graduate today.
She enrolled at the Odoben Presby Basic “A” Junior High School and today, she wrote her final paper and graduated as a Junior High School graduate.
Auntie Lizzie, as she is called by her fellow students, wants to further her education at the Senior High School with the dream of becoming a nurse.
According to the mother-of-four, her resilience to attend school despite her age must motivate others to do the same.
There were tears of joy when she finally completed her Junior High School education.
For her, she has been yearning to achieve academic excellence since she was young but upon the death of her father her dreams were dashed.
She was forced to learn a trade as a means of survival.
he Headmaster for Agona Odoben Presby ‘A’ Basic School, Samuel Quaye told Citi News that he related well with Elizabeth Yamoah despite her age.
According to him, Elizabeth struggled with subjects such as ICT since the school has an empty lab but no computers to teach the students.
Some students and teachers who have been motivated by Elizabeth Yamoah’s story shared how it had impacted their lives.
Elizabeth Yamoah was not the only person able to defy the odds to complete her basic education.