2 tutors, 5 students arrested over Nandom SECTECH riot

muhammed alhassan IGP (1)Two tutors and five students of the St John’s Senior High Technical School, Nandom, in the Upper West Region have been picked by the District Police Command, in connection with last Thursday’s riot in the school.

The tutors, Slynvanus Sienekpin and Nicholas Puoridong, are alleged to have instigated some of the students to participate in the demonstration which led to the burning down of the administration block and destruction of property running into thousands of cedis.

The students are Wisdom Voteve, Matthias Ormuoh, Domini Kpezuo, Felix Navag and Jacob Kpimesan.

Speaking to The Ghanaian Times here yesterday, the Regional Police Crime Officer, Assistant Superintendent (ASP) Daniel Kwantwi, said the seven people were behind bars and would be processed for court today.

He said the police were still investigating to apprehend more culprits.

The demonstration, according to sources, was sparked by what some of the students said was as an attempt by the headmaster and some staff to prevent them from writing next year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

The source further indicated that following the series of poor performances recorded by the school at the WASSCE, the headmaster and other staff decided to organise mock examinations to test the preparedness of students for the 2014/2015 WASSCE.

Students who failed the mock examination would not be allowed to write the final and that did not go down well with a section of the students who protested against it.

It was alleged that the two tutors arrested were the brain behind the students’ action.

This was the third time in less than one month that second-cycle schools in the northern part of the country have engaged in such acts.

The first incident was at the Wa Islamic Senior High where the students demonstrated in protest of their academic fees, followed by the riots at the Bolga Senior High School.

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