Students at Tawheed Senior High School in Asawasi constituency, a suburb of Asokore-Mampong Municipal Assembly, were reportedly sent home by the school headmaster, Mr. Frimpong Boateng, as late as 1:00am in the middle of the night for reporting late to school.
The strange behavior of the head master kept parents and the school authority in a state of shock, when kidnapping issues are threatening the country .
Briefing the media by the Chairman of the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) Of the school, Mr. Abdullah Mohammed Nurudeen, expressed shock at the headmaster’s sole decision.
“This is a situation that has to do with all actors involved, of which I was not privy to the matter”. Mr. Nurudeen noted.
According to him, the problem came to his notice through a media reportage that students were sack to go back as punishment for reporting late to school.
Adding that students were given some few days to celebrate the Eid-ul-ftr and were supposed to report on the 16th and 17th of June respectively. But they were later told the reporting day has been postponed to 17th.
On their arrival on the 17th June, the headmaster asked them to go home for their parents to write a letter of undertaking which restrict them from reporting late to school again.
The sad story has it that most of the dismissed students are from Tamale, Bolgatanga, New Edubiase and other regions, which requires long hours of travelling.
Most of these sacked students however, struggle to get money for school. So to go and come back for a letter to be written and endorsed by parents, will be a punishment many questions need to be asked.
“I represent parents of these students and what the headmaster did was uncalled for and condemnable”. Mr. Nurudeen bemoaned.
Students punishment in this current system of education is forbidden for a teacher to maltreat or punish students, but Mr. Boateng, have undermined this simple laid down rules by the Ministry of Education, aiming at protecting the interest and lives of students.
The school has over Thousand (1000) student population and out of this number, Six Hundred (600) students reported and were asked to go home without being allowed into the school premise, until the undertaking letter is written and sign by their parents.
The headmaster when contacted, refused to comment on the matter, saying he is not in the position to speak to the media.
But after contacting some of the students, they confirmed to have written the undertaking letters and solicited signatories from people within the school to endorse as parents.
“We are subdued to do this to enable us stay on campus because we don’t have money to go back home and return”. The students lamented.
But the chairman assured the media of going the extra mile to unravel the genesis of the story for the appropriate measures to be taken.