Editor’s Note: The subject of this story requested to be anonymous and thus will be referred to as Akua.
Reposting could be regarded as one of the most stressful stages of national service in Ghana.
Prospective national service persons are required to go for reposting when the institution they were first posted to do not accept them based on the institution’s requirements.
Akua, a graduate of Koforidua Technical University, went through a similar situation. Unfortunately for her, she had to go for reposting twice before ending up at the Manhean Health Centre in Tema for her national service.
“It was hectic for me because my initial institution where I was posted didn’t accept me, so I had to wait for some time for reposting which also came late and the new institution’s proximity didn’t favour me. Again, I had to go for another reposting before getting a favourable place,” she said.
“It wasn’t easy for me,” she added.
After dealing with the issues of reposting, Akua officially started her national service on October 20, 2020, at the Manhean Health Centre.
However, she also had to later deal with undertaking her national service during Covid-19. But she indicated that she overcame the challenges and fit into the roles that she was given.
“Amidst the pandemic, my institution had to run a shift system, which created some vacuum in some functional areas in my institution. I had the chance to experiment with other departments, I had a clear idea of how the accounts, records and pharmacy unit operates,” she said.
In totality, Akua described her national service experience as an interesting and eye-opening one, as she got to learn more about administration and management.
“My interest was highlighted when the upstream management of the institution treated us as staff of the institution, we were allowed to sit in meetings and also share our opinion during review periods.”
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