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Machete-wielding thugs from Bakado near Sekondi last week invaded the campus of Ahantaman Senior High School at Ketan near Sekondi, and attacked some male students in their dormitory, injuring three of them in the process.

The thugs, who had allegedly made it a habit to lurk around the school, nearly raped a female student of the school.

Mercy Ocloo, headmistress of the school who disclosed these, attributed the incident partly to the fact that the school was not fenced, hence making it easy for people living near the school to invade it.

She recounted an instance when a funeral procession from a neighbouring community passed through the school to go to the next town to bury the deceased.

“This situation threw the whole school into turmoil, disrupting classes and putting students in a state of fear. Coupled with these are the unsightly scenes of invasions by domestic animals that stray to the dormitories, classrooms and the dining hall”, she added.

Addressing the 64th Speech and Prize Giving Day of the school over the weekend, Madam Ocloo noted that to make the school safer and to prevent encroachment, the school should have a fence wall.

The programme was on the theme ‘Holistic Upbringing of the Child: Role of Stakeholders’.

The school, which was established in 1948 by a business-inclined educationist, Emmanuel Kwesi Idun, has produced some distinguished personalities who are occupying important positions and contributing their quota to the developmental of the country.

The headmistress pointed out that there was the need to accommodate more teachers of the school on campus to maintain discipline. She disclosed that only 10 teachers lived on campus, with about 60 members of staff being non-residents.

She therefore appealed to the Ghana Education Service to consider providing a block of at least eight flats on campus to help ease the accommodation problem.

She also requested for a science block with state of the art equipment to take care of the three arms of science – Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

In an address read on his behalf, the Western Regional Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo, noted that education was extremely important and that government would continue to mobilize resources to enhance educational delivery in the country.

He indicated that Ghanaian children needed holistic and functional education which was critical for their general growth and development and called on parents, teachers and school authorities to help achieve the objective.
Source: Daily Guide

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