Angry chief wants culpable students punished over Nyinahin SHS suspected arson

The Chief of Nyinahin, Nana Amampine Twum Boateng II, wants the law to deal severely with any final year student of Nyinahin Catholic Senior High School who is found culpable in the suspected arson on Friday night.

Some of the school’s structures were razed by fire in what many believe was an action by some final-year students after their final exam.

Authorities of the Nyinahin Senior High School say they received intelligence that some final year students were planning to set some school structures on fire and as a result, a police team was deployed to the school on Thursday night to prevent any possible action.

The police team was expected to be present on the school’s premises again on Friday at 7.00 pm, but the fire incident occurred at 6:30pm even before they arrived.

The entire boys’ dormitory block A and everything within it have been completely destroyed.

Reports that emerged later indicated that the students were angry with school authorities who refused to allow them to cheat in the just-ended WASSCE.

The Chief of Nyinahin, Nana Amampine Twum Boateng II, after assessing the situation told journalists that he wants all persons involved to be severely dealt with if they are found culpable after investigations.

How can you rely on leaked questions to pass your exams? Teachers are paid to teach and you as students have to revise your notes and do all that you need to do to pass the exams. You don’t say because you are not happy with the exams you have to take the law into your own hands. There are laws in the society that govern us. We need to get to the roots of this and those who are found culpable must be severely punished,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Parent Teacher Association, PTA of the school is calling on the government to as a matter of urgency support the about 120 first and second year students who have been displaced, as a result of the incident.

GES cautions SHS heads against charging illegal fees from final year students

The Ghana Education Service (GES), has cautioned the management of the various Senior High Schools in the country against collecting illegal fees from final year students.

It said the warning has been necessitated by the many complaints it has received about school authorities levying final year students to pay various fees as part of their final year clearance system.

In the memo to all regional directors of education, the GES said heads of schools found culpable in the act must be interdicted.

“Management of Ghana Education Service (GES) has received several complaints indicating that some school authorities are levying final year students PTA dues and other charges, as part of their (final year students) clearance system. Management of GES wishes to state categorically that under no circumstance should any school authority use the payment of PTA levies or any other unauthorized charges as part of the clearance system for final year students,” the memo stated.

The GES said its officers who breach the memo will be duly sanctioned.

“Heads and school authorities are cautioned to strictly desist from collecting any unauthorized and/or illegal charges under the guise of final year students clearance system. Anyone who breaches this directive will be sanctioned”