The University of Cape Coast has named Carruthers Tetteh, the first visually impaired person, as a lecturer at the Faculty of Law.
His appointment, effective from December 2023, involves teaching Criminal Law and the Ghana Legal System.
Mr. Tetteh was born with a passion for law and a desire to help the underprivileged. However, at the age of 11, a drug reaction caused him to lose his sight. This was an unexpected turn in his life.
This disappointment did not stop him from going after his goals, though.
In 2015, he was the top graduating student with visual impairment from the University of Cape Coast, earning first-class degrees in both English and History.
He afterwards earned a second first-class degree in law from the University of Cape Coast.
Following the consultation, he talked about his experience, saying, “I lost my sight as a result of a drug reaction in 2002 when I was in primary five and at age 11.
He said that following his visit to a private hospital in Winneba, he experienced negative side effects when taking prescription medication.
“So, when I was admitted to the Akropong School for the Blind in September 2002, I realised that my life had truly taken a different turn because I am going to be in the company of people who are blind,” he continued.
His understanding of criminal law won the level 300 students over when he made his first appearance in class.
Reading law has always been my interest since childhood,” he stated. I’ve always aspired to be in a position to support those who are less fortunate. That is what has therefore motivated my curiosity all of my life.
At the Law Faculty, knowing very well that I was the first student with Visual Impairment to be admitted to the Law Faculty in UCC, I also went all out to give it my all to set the right pace,” he continued.