Students of Tumu Secondary Technical Senior High School in the Sisaala East Municipal of the Upper West Region have been recalled back to school after authorities closed down school following rioting.
The news of recalling students back to the school was communicated during a crunch Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meeting held at the school dining hall today 2nd June,2019 where parents and guardians were present. It was announced to the gathering that, all second and first year students be returned to school on the 7th June, 2019.
Speaking to the parents and guardians present, The Hon. M.C.E for Sisaala East Hon. Karim Nanyau pointed to parents that, their actions and inactions can partly be traced to the untoward behavior that their wards put in the rioting and this, he is charging them to discipline their wards for most of their up-bringing happens at home. He espoused that, a decision has been taken to compel wards and their parents to sign a bond of good behaviors before they could be allowed into campus. The M.C.E also revealed that results of the final year students will not be accessible to them until damages are paid by each student.Also addressing the meeting was Hon.Salifu Naliwie an educationist cum a board member of the school who re-echoed the need to take students through rigorous counseling at home before bringing in person on the reporting day. He lamented the sad situation as it has put the image of the school and municipality into a bad light and thus likely to deter philanthropists and other development partners.
The closure of the school happened after students went on rampage and caused damages to properties running thousands of Ghana cedis and even attempted inflicting harm on some teachers. The reasons students ascribed to the rioting was as a result of mass seizure of mobile phones couple a threat of facilitating mass cancellation of WASSCE candidates papers already written .
This development compelled authorities to quickly convene a meeting whereupon a decision of closing down was arrived at and information subsequently disseminated to the few gathered student body while many were still at their hiding points. The final year students after further deliberations by authority were allowed to write the rest of their examination papers while staying at their various arranged accommodations.A committee representing different bodies was sanctioned by authorities to look into the disturbances and come with their findings which will enable authorities make an informed decision and also fish out culprits to bear the cost of damages.
Some attendees of the PTA meeting did also register their displeasure for the involvement of their wards and the destruction caused the school. Others also called for a thorough investigation by the committee so as to enable authorities’ fish out the real perpetrators of the riot for some students are innocent of the actions.