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Female electrician overcomes mockery at Navrongo Technical Institute

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A female electrician, Charity Abugre, has recounted horrifying experiences she had to go through while furthering her education in electrical engineering.

Ms. Abugre shared these moments when she spoke to Humul Khrusum Tahiru on Equal Voices.

She explained that while seeking to pursue secondary school education, she had intended to study General Arts but was advised against that decision by her aunt.

“I started my electrical work when I was in JHS 3. There was this NGO that came and was training us on solar installations, and after that, they gave us tools to start working. My brother is an electrician, so I was following him. When I had to go to SHS, I had Bolgatanga Senior High School, but my aunt asked why I was doing well in electricals but wanted to pursue General Arts.”

Based on the advice of her aunt, she instead enrolled at the Community Development Technical and Vocational Institute, now known as Navrongo Technical Institute. But according to Ms. Abugre, her stay at the institution was not easy.

“Sometimes I had to cry and go home, and my parents would take me back to the school. I was the only female student doing electricals.”

Ms. Abugre faced ridicule not only from students but also from teachers. “It was only the Head of Department who was encouraging me. But all the teachers who were teaching other subjects like catering and fashion were saying I didn’t know what I was doing. The students also were making fun of me,” she said.

At the height of the mockery, Ms. Abugre recalled, “I would just go back, remove my coat, and be crying.”

While she anticipated some resistance, the electrician said she did not expect the level of resistance. It took the direct intervention of her aunt, the District Chief Executive for Nabdam, to end the mockery.

“I told my aunt that I could not continue. She had to go to the school and warn them that if they laughed at me again, she would lock down the school because it was like they didn’t know what they were doing.”

Ms. Abugre completed her education without further mockery and has since been a practicing electrician.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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