Bolgatanga SHS re-opens

The Bolgatanga Senior High School (SHS) re-opened Tuesday January 26 after it was closed in December 2014, following student unrest.

The school popularly known as “Big Boss” was closed down when Emmanuel Bawa, a form three student of the school met his untimely death, when he and other students of the school were running away from a Senior Housemaster, Mr. Thomas Apana.

Mr. Apana was going round the school to make sure that students attended morning assembly when Bawa stropped and fell to his death.

The school was closed because the students wanted their “pound of flesh” from Mr. Apana whom they accused of causing Bawa’s death.

Irate students in the night of the incident set the Senior Housemaster’s car ablaze but the timely intervention of the police, who were monitoring the situation, prevented the car from being fully burnt.

Mr. Stephen Awasonab, a Senior Housemaster of the school at a media encounter announced that the students were asked to report on Monday January 26, after the of board of governors of the school last Thursday met to decide on the recommendations of the investigations committee set up to go into the problem.

He said students found culpable would be made to sign a bond to be of good behaviour for the rest of their stay in the school, adding that the school has the right to take any disciplinary action against any student who violated the conditions of the bond.

Mr Awasonab said each of them would pay GH¢85 to defray the cost of items destroyed by the students during the disturbances.

According to him, the school authorities would ensure that the students do not keep offensive weapons such as knife at the school.

Thomas Kuntek, Master Abanga Abdul-Suraj and Miss. Barbara Agongo, told journalists that the disturbance was regrettable.

In a related development, the Regional Police Public Relations Officer Thomas Yao Agbanyo said the school did not inform the police about the re-opening of the school.

From Ibrahim A. Mohammed, Bolgatanga

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