• Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

I was made to write ‘Shortcuts are dangerous’ 3000 times as punishment in secondary school – Lazy Agric Minister recounts

Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the Agriculture Minister, has shared a memorable story from his secondary school days.

The Minister described how he and his friends were forced to write ‘shortcuts are dangerous’ 3000 times for outsmarting his sports master during a sporting event in an interview with Ayisha Ibrahim on Personality Profile last Friday.

Except for that one time when he deceived his sports teacher, the Minister explained that he had always followed school rules and regulations and was never a “stubborn” student.

“The only thing I did that was against the rules was that every week we had to go for a lengthy run around the villages of Opoku Ware, Santasi, and the rest of them.”

“And every time they knew I’d be among the last, I had this acquaintance who would say, ‘But why are they first and we’re always last?’ As a result, we made the decision to cut across.

“When we returned to school, the sports master was startled that we had placed fourth and fifth, so he looked into it and discovered that we had cut corners.” Do you know what the penalty is?

“We were made to write 3000 words in one night, but shortcuts are dangerous.” So we wrote all night and that was it; I made the decision not to break any school rules,” he informed Ayisha Ibrahim.

“I rather got into difficulty with some of the students because when I became a prefect I wanted to make sure everybody complied, I didn’t see why anyone would want to breach the rules,” he said of his days as a Dining Hall prefect in sixth form.

Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto received his secondary education at Opoku Ware Senior High School before enrolling at the University of Ghana to pursue a Bachelor of Agriculture degree.

He went on to Cambridge University for his post-graduate degree in Agricultural Economics, where he also earned his doctorate in 1985.

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