|Alhaji Mohammed Haroon, GES Dir.|
The expectations of the over 4,000 continued students of Ghana Senior High School (GHANASCO) and Vitting Technical Senior High School to return to the classroom still hang in the balance, even though schools have re-opened for more than a week now.
The two schools were closed down and students asked to go home indefinitely for engaging in violence during a football match last term.
Several properties including student beds, furniture, windows and roofings were destroyed in both schools. Five (5) students were also injured in the process and were rushed to the hospital. But, the Ghana Education Service (GES) considered the final year students of both schools to remain on campus for their final examinations, but under strict conditions.
It was a free for all fight and destruction of school properties by the rampaging students, who reportedly overwhelmed the personnel of the Ghana Police Service due to their large numbers.
At the moment, all Senior High Schools in the Northern Region are in the classrooms but students of GHANASCO and Vitting SHSs are still home, without any assurance from the GES yet.
There have been repetitive violent behaviours among most Senior High School students in the region, where most students at every least provocation quickly resort to extreme violence and deliberate destruction of school properties.
Meanwhile, reliable information reaching Savannahnews has indicated that the Ghana Education Service has now received the final report of the Independent Committee set up to investigate the riot between GHANASCO and Vitting Senior High, and was yet to study the report for the necessary actions to be taken.
However, this blogger can confidently say that all the students in both schools can return to their respective classrooms only when they had duly received the necessary punishment and also paid for all the damages caused to the schools’ properties.
They would also sign individual bonds with their parents to be of good behavior, before they could be allowed into the classrooms.
The Northern Regional Director of Education, Alhaji Mohammed Haroon Cambodia who has been passionate and consistent in dealing with indiscipline among students and teachers in the region, stated categorically in an interview with Savannahnews last term that none of the students who were involved in the riot would escape punishment.
He said that, his administration would not tolerate any form of indiscipline on the part of students or their teachers. Alhaji Cambodia recently reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring quality education through discipline and dedication, and that he would not allow any person or group of persons to derail his efforts.
The GES Director observed with high suspicion that most of the students had become much involved in the use of hard drugs such as Indian hemp, alcohol and smoking of cigarette among others, while others had also become reprobates or troublemakers because they secretly practice occultism and sakawa.
Late last year 2015, three Senior High Schools in the Northern Region including Salaga T.I. Ahmadiya, Nalerigu and Karaga SHSs were closed down for engaging in similar misconducts and destruction of several school properties. Northern School of Business (NOBISCO) was also closed down early this year 2016 for misconducts.
In the case of Karaga, Nalerigu and Salaga TI Ahmadiya SHSs, the rampaging students attacked their headmasters and destroyed properties including, school buses, three pickups, 91 flat screen computers, furniture and others. As a result, the Regional GES Director had to dismiss all the students in the three schools numbering over 3,000.
The Northern Regional GES Boss told Savannahnews that his vision is to passionately improve the abysmal performance of schools in the region in both WASSCE and BECE examinations.