A 12-year-old home-schooled Ghanaian boy has gained admission to the University of Ghana, Legon, to read Public Administration.
Viemens Bamford was the youngest of over 2,900 matriculants enrolled by the university recently.
After his lower primary education in Akyem-Oda, Eastern Region, the little boy was home-schooled by his father and sat for the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) as a private candidate.
Viemens, who aims to be a president in the future and walk in the shoes of President Nana Akufo-Addo and former US President Barack Obama, said: “I want to become the President of Ghana at age 40. I want to improve our nation and make our nation one of the highest countries in the world”.
He said his father used “what I like to teach me”. “He combined the syllabi. He used the Cambridge syllabus, the WASSCE syllabus, so, I understood some basic things”.
Viemens’ elder brother, 20-year-old Edwin Bamfo, who was also home-schooled by his father, is currently a graduate of Environmental Science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
Their father, Mr Robert Bamfo told CNR that he first teaches his children dictionary skills. “The child should be able to pronounce every word without me or any other person. Where there’s a difficulty, the child must resort to the dictionary; there are phonetic symbols so we do the phonetics skills and then once that is done, for vocabulary development I teach Latin. I teach Latin for vocabulary development. I don’t give notes. What we do is textbook-centred. If the child doesn’t understand what he’s reading, we do reading skill development: how do I understand what I read?”