A 57-year-old mother of five has enrolled at the Obuasi-Brahabebome Independence Primary ‘B’ School in the Ashanti Region, with one overriding purpose – to acquire basic numeracy skills to sustain her retail trade.
Madam Rita Offin, who deals in fabrics, said her inability to keep proper records on her daily sales had not been helpful to the growth of her business.
She told newsmen that she was tired of the endless arguments and quarrels with customers over items sold to them on credit.
“It cannot continue like this; there must be a way out, and I have no doubt in my mind that formal education is the answer,” she asserted.
Madam Offin, whose eldest child is 39 years old, said her husband had given his full backing and that she was determined to work hard to achieve her academic dream.
She has been enrolled in Primary Four and promised not to allow anything to distract her.
The head teacher, Mrs. Faustina Mensah, said she initially thought the woman was joking when she came to the school to register, but subsequent events had shown that she was indeed serious.
Offin had been regular, punctual and making progress in the classroom, Mrs Mensah pointed out.
Miss Sali Hellin Sedah, her class teacher, pledged to do everything to help the ambitious mother.