The ugly phenomena of Senior High school students taking on the path of destruction over issues they disagreed with is here with again.
The recent happenings occurred at both Kuasanaba and Sandema high schools, respectively.
The altercations have to do with where to sit for their end-of-semester examinations.
Yes, it may seem funny, but that is the bone of contention at Kuasanaba Senior High School.
While the school administration feels the students should take the examinations in a large hall, the students demanded that the exams be written in their respective classrooms.
On the other hand, the disturbances at Sandema Senior High had to do with a misunderstanding between the Cadet Corps and the rest of the student body.
The Cadet Corps, as part of their responsibilities, has been talking to their colleges about the overuse of phones on campus.
The students felt the cadets were infringing on their rights to use the phones, hence the disturbances.
The students are said to have burned down part of a dormitory block that was used by the Cadet Corps.
The recent development is one that the regional Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) are not happy about.
They say the development, if left unchecked, can make the various schools ungovernable.
Mr. Richard Akumbasi, the Upper East Regional Chairman of CHASS, who spoke in an interview on Bolgatanga-based radio, said:
“In the region, we have been confronted with a few student disturbances. As I speak to you, we have a number of schools where students are also, I don’t even know how to put it, “taking the law into their own hands.” Some of the students, if you listen to their concerns, they are just unfounded. In the case of Sandema, it was just cadets and prefects. The cadet goes round to see some students misbehaving and using phones, and then they want to talk to them, but the students don’t agree, and then they begin stoning each other. It went to the extent that the students would go and burn where the cadets keep their uniforms, a building that contains other offices, school computers, and other materials. Already we do not have the things and then we are destroying them. And then you go to Kusanaba, and then you look at their reasons, and they are just unfounded.”
He was of the opinion that the offending students should be punished to serve as a deterrent to others.
“Punishment is to help correct behavior.” Some of them behave the way they are behaving because they don’t even realize the behavior they are exhibiting is unwanted. “When you punish them, they reflect and begin to do the right thing.”
The developments at Sandema and Kuasanaba follow sharply after the occurrence at Botech, which saw teachers and other school staff taking cover over rampaging students.
Not much has been heard over the course of the investigation into the matter, and the only news we heard was that the principal was transferred.