How a stray bullet and an amputated leg prevented a final year JHS student from writing her B.E.C.E


A final year Junior High School student is hopeful she will be well enough to sit her Basic Education Certificate Examination in 2020 after failing to write her final exams with her colleagues due to a serious injury she sustained when a stray bullet hit her as residents of her community clashed with Police over electricity tariffs last month.

ABC News Ghana can authoritatively report that Ruth McArthur has been left partially paralysed with one of her legs amputated after a stray bullet reportedly hit her during violent protests in Odumase Krobo in May, barely a month to her Basic Education Certificate Examination.

Ruth was hit by a stray bullet in her right leg when residents of Odumase Krobo clashed with officials of the Ghana Police Service and the Power Distribution Service(PDS) after the police breached a barricade put up by the residents to prevent officials of the PDS from disconnecting the main electricity to the town over their failure to settle outstanding debts.

Ruth was unfortunately caught up in the crossfire and has had to suffer the consequence of the actions and inactions of others. She’s having to stay home with an amputated leg as her colleagues wrap up with their final examinations at the basic education level. Ruth had no option than to agree to an amputation several treatment attempts to fix her partially paralysed leg failed.

She’s currently recuperating after being discharged from the hospital. As to whether her thoughts of a free secondary education, a university degree and a good job in order to take care of her ageing parents can materialise, only time will tell.


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