Technical High School (STHS) has been closed indefinitely by the Sissala East
Municipal Security Council (MUSEC), after students attacked school authorities
and vandalised properties running into several thousands of Ghana cedis.
At least 19 students have
been arrested and are in police custody.
staged a riot on Thursday night to register their displeasure at the
confiscation of mobile phones belonging to some final year students.
The decision to
close the educational institution was taken at a meeting on Friday by the school
authorities, members of the MUSEC, the Regional Coordinator for Free Senior
High School, the municipal and regional directors of education, as well as other
staff of the education office in Tumu.
According to the
Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Gideon Ohene Boateng, the
demonstrators, who were mostly final year students of the school, vented their
anger on the school’s properties after the school authorities seized mobile
phones, belonging to some final year students.
that school authorities took the action, to prevent the students, who were
undertaking the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE),
from sharing information amongst themselves.
Insp Boateng said
that the angry students attacked some school authorities, vandalised properties,
like plastic water storage tanks, windscreens of vehicles, louvre blades of
windows, and tampered with the electricity supply, and plunged the school into
darkness, at the time the police arrived at the scene.
however, managed to salvage the situation, and arrested 19 students, including
their ring leaders, Richmond Nariba Kanton and Jacob Yalla, form three and two
students respectively, to assist in investigations,” he stated.
Insp Boateng said a number of police officers were stationed at the school’s premises, to protect the school authorities, students and school properties.
LYDIA DARLINGTON FORDJOUR, TUMU
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