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Soldiers, police allegedly assault protesting Kumasi Girls’ SHS students

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Some students of Kumasi Girls’ Senior High School in the Ashanti Region have alleged that they have been assaulted by a team of police and military officers deployed to the school to ensure calm on Monday evening.

The security personnel were to restore calm and order on the school’s premises after the students staged a protest over the insistence of school authorities on not allowing them to go home for the mid-term break, owing to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the country.

The school authorities’ position was in line with a new directive from the Ghana Education Service (GES) against the students being allowed to go home due to the virus.

But the students reportedly destroyed some school property in their protest, which led to military and police officers being deployed to restore peace.

The students however claim that the security operatives assaulted them.

Some of the students who spoke to Citi News on condition of anonymity said the soldiers broke into their locked dormitories, pulled them out and hit them with sticks.

Others said the soldiers stepped on them many times in the presence of their house mistresses.

“[On Monday] we started making noise, breaking veronica buckets and dustbins and other things, chanting that we wanted to go home and that we are starving… Later in the day, we were in the dormitory when soldiers came around and started hitting us with sticks and even if you are lying on your bed, they will pull you down and cane you. They stepped on people’s abdomen,” one student said.

She added that, “We don’t know what we did wrong. It is very bad. Our school authorities were standing there idle, and none of them even pleaded that we are girls, so they should stop.”

Another student, a prefect, recounted that the soldiers banged on dormitories and broke into them before proceeding to hit students with sticks.

“They banged doors, broke into dormitories and hit students. Some have red eyes and face now,” she said.

Another student said the school’s management has since informed them that they can go home.

Calm has since returned to the school.

Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, who has also been speaking on the incidents where students from separate schools protested, told Citi News that so far he is not aware that any student has been assaulted.

Source:citinewsroom

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Another UTAG strike imminent; Finance Minister to blame

Ken Ofori-Atta is the Minister of Finance

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) is likely to lift the suspension on its recent strike, 3news.com has gathered.

According to reports, there has not been any headway after a one-month negotiation period was agreed upon by parties.

3news.com gathers the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, fails to attend meetings as he constantly delegates other officials to represent him.

This is said to have angered leadership of the university teachers as they claim the Minister is not according them the deserved respect.

They are, therefore, lacing their boots for a long strike.

An Open Letter written by recently-elected Secretary, Professor Ransford Yaw Gyampo, to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Friday suggested that “no one can contain the anger of University Teachers should they be allowed to strike again, after the expiration of the one month negotiation period”.

“A simple survey on the various campuses would give a sense of how bitter and angry they are, for the disrespectful manner in which they have been treated over the years.”

Most of the tertiary institutions are wrapping up end-of-semester examinations for regular students for the 2020/2021 academic year but a strike will affect research work, project work as well as distance education programmes.

It could also lead to delay in re-opening for the next academic year.

Source :3 News

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News we’re accepting applications for local Postgraduate Scholarship false-GETFUND

The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund), says it is not true it is accepting any applications for Postgraduate local scholarships (Masters and Ph.D. Programmes) for the 2021/2022 Academic year.

A statement issued by the GETFund management on Friday, September 17, said there is false information to the contrary circulating on social media.

“We wish to notify the General Public that, GETFund has not commenced Postgraduate local scholarships (Masters and Ph.D. Programs) applications for the 2021/2022 academic year”, it said, and urged the General Public to “discard same as false and treat such as a hoax.”

“GETFund shall not be held liable to any person who falls victim to such cruel falsehood.”

Source : Graphiconline

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Accra :Court sentences JHS student for beating his teacher

An Accra Juvenile Court has sentenced a final year student of the Nungua Kroma Two Junior High School, who assaulted a teacher for punishing him, to a fine of GH¢ 1,800.

The student, in default, would serve three months jail term.

He had denied conspiring with 15 other men to assault the teacher for punishing him for his failure to do his homework, but the Court, at the end of trial, found him guilty.

The Prosecution called five witnesses to make the case.

It earlier told the Court that the convict (name withheld) had refused to do his homework and after he was punished, he dashed home to call 15 other young men, who allegedly stormed the school in a Sprinter bus and attacked the teacher, inflicting wounds on his face.

The teacher, Mr Moses Onyameasem, was rescued by his colleagues and rushed to the LEKMA Hospital, Accra, where he was treated and discharged.

After the attack, the mother of the pupil was also alleged to have gone to the School and verbally assaulted the teacher, prosecution said, adding that the development led to the closure of the School.

On Monday, February 22, 2021, at about 1215 hours, the teacher, accompanied by Mr Roger Asempa, the Head Teacher, went to the Police Station to report the assault.

The teacher reported that earlier at about 1200 hours, a student in his class and 15 other young men from the Nungua Town came to the School in a bus to physically assault him.

Prosecution said a medical form was issued to the complainant to seek medical attention, whilst a joint stakeholder meeting was held over the incident.
Source :GNA

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