The University of Cape Coast has appointed its first visually impaired lecturer, Carruthers Tetteh.
The lecturer was appointed at the Faculty of Law.
His appointment took effect in December 2023, teaches Criminal Law and the Ghana Legal System.
Mr. Tetteh lost his sight at the age of 11 due to a drug reaction, graduated with a first-class degree in English and History in 2015 at the University of Cape Coast.
He also emerged as the overall best-graduating student with visual impairment.
Subsequently, he graduated with another first-class degree in Law at the University of Cape Coast.
Reacting to his appointment, he said “In 2002, I lost my sight as a result of a drug reaction when I was in primary five and at age 11.”
He revealed that he had adverse reactions when he took a prescribed drug after visiting a private hospital in Winneba.
“So in September 2002, when I was admitted to the Akropong School for the Blind, it dawned on me that life had really taken a different turn because I am now going to be in the midst of people who are blind.”
On his first appearance in class, he won the hearts of the level 300s with his knowledge of Criminal Law.
He said, “Reading Law has always been my interest from childhood. I always wanted to be in a position to advocate for the less privileged. So that has been driving my interest throughout my life.”
He added, “At the Law Faculty, I also went all out to give out my best to set the right pace, knowing very well that I was the first student with Visual Impairment to be admitted to the Law Faculty in UCC.”