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TAMASCO to close all thoroughfare to motorists



Authorities of the Tamale Senior High School have given the strongest indication that they will soon close all roads from the Tamale Township to the various communities within the Education Ridge area.

The authorities say the unapproved routes used by motorists, especially those staying behind TAMASCO and its environs, are endangering the lives of their students and staff.

The school arrived at the decision after a careful analysis of reckless driving and over- speeding which school authorities say are a complete nuisance and an obstruction to teaching and learning during class hours.

Wilberforce Shaibu Adam, the headmaster of TAMASCO, disclosed this to Zaa News, when the 1979 year group presented marker boards and its accessories to the school to facilitate learning.

The 79 year group, led by Alhaji Adam Munkayila pledged their continuous support in whatever way possible to aid their alma-mater. Alhaji Munkayila entreated the students to respect school authorities and to study hard in order to become good future leaders.

Mr. Adam thanked the 79 year group for their kind gesture and urged all year groups, especially those who pledged to help their alma mater. Mr Shaibu told Zaa News the school can no longer allow residents in Tamale to use TAMASCO as a thoroughfare.

Roads to be closed include the school’s ring road opposite Tamale sports stadium through Albert Atutiga’s residence, and Sagnarigu lane, among others.

Recounting a sad incident to Zaa News, Mr Shaibu said one of the teachers is currently in hospital as a result of the practice, saying his outfit will do all it can to curtail unauthorized motorists movement.

“We know some people will not be happy about our decision but is for the interest of everyone, already we have started hearing that users are warning us,” Mr Wilberforce said.

Embargo on the school football pitch

In another development, the has placed an embargo on all football activities until the necessary formalities are done. According to the headmaster, the decision was to stop football clubs from using their training pitch constructed during the Can 2008 for free.

He explained that the school was spending money to green the pitch and a committee has been set up to manage the pitch before access is allowed. Potential users he stressed will have to make some commitments in writing.

Old students on SHS students violent behavior

An old student who is now the district director of education for Mamprugu/Mogduri, Abu Baba advised senior high school students to desist from engaging in acts of vandalizing government properties.

Mr Baba said the practice is worrying to stakeholders in education and students need to know that their actions threaten their future if they continue. In recent times, students from second cycle institutions in the northern region went on rampage destroying school properties leading to the closure of some schools.

These, Mr Abu noted, were not the best in addressing grievances at that level and urged students to be mindful of the dire consequences.

The Mamprugu/Mogduri G.E.S director admonished the students not to follow friends whose advice to them is only to destroy property and chase teachers away.

Asked what the root cause of the problem is, Mr Abu, who is a member of the 79 TAMASCO year group described it as multi-dimensional, adding that teachers, parents, students and policy makers all have to be blamed for the worrying phenomena which need serious deliberation.

“I am not a prophet of doom, but until stakeholders sit down and have a second look at the computerized placement and admission policy again, the country’s educational sector will not see the light of the day, “Mr Abu said.

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