Girl branded a witch because she was first to pass BECE with aggregate 30

Because she was the first person to perform so well, a young student who achieved an overall score of 30 on her Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) was called a witch in her village.

Women’s rights advocate Margaret Brew-Ward revealed this strange event on Sunday’s episode of The Probe, a JoyNews program.

The Action Aid Campaign Manager claims that although other young students in urban areas strive for single-digit averages, it seems to be forbidden in some underprivileged areas.

“Recently, there was a case we heard when we visited one of the communities that a girl who got around aggregate 30 in the BECE was [branded a witch].” Meanwhile, you know, in the cities, people are striving for aggregate 8, eight 1s and whatnot.

“Just because in that community, no girl had passed to go to the secondary school, so for a girl to do that, she [must have been a witch]” Mrs. Brew-Ward said, as quoted by

She underlined the necessity of taking action to get rid of the canker.

The difficult problem of witchcraft and individuals being labeled and mistreated in some areas of the nation has been one that succeeding governments have not had the guts to address squarely.

Prof. John Azumah, executive director of The Sanneh Institute, claims that politicians have avoided addressing the issue over the years out of concern for their electoral prospects in the areas where such human rights crimes are taking place.

“It is not a vote winner… The politicians are tiptoeing around it,” he told the host of The Probe, Emefa Apawu.

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