Karaga SHS close down over students riots; security takes over
The District Security Committee (DISEC) in the karaga district have temporarily closed down the Karaga senior high school in the Northern Region after students went on rampage in vandalism spree last Tuesday night.
The DISEC after discussion with stakeholders in education,opinion leaders and security arrived at the decision by a careful analysis of the security situation and the entrenched positions the students had taken to press home their demands.
The students are protesting against what they described as wicked administrative style by their assistant head master who is also in-charge of academic affaires.
In a prelude to theTuesday night riots at the school, the students on Friday staged a demonstration in Karaga township to demand the dismissal or transfer of the assistant head master who they accused of contributing to the poor performances of their seniors in last year's WASSCE which resulted in the school falling to the bottom in the national league table.
The demonstration took the students to the Karaga chief palace where they were advised to meet with the district education director of Karaga.
The authorities were taken by surprise when the students went on rampage and vandalized doors to the teachers common room, cut off security lighting systems, destroyed widows of teachers of bungalows in the school.
The District Chief Executive for Karaga, Yakubu Imoro who doubles as chairman of the district security committee confirmed this to Zaa news.
Hon. Imoro said the police have taken over the school for now pending further investigations into the matter.
The Karaga SHS riots came barely a month after hostilities ensued between teachers and students of Dabokpaa Technical Senior High School, after the sadden collapse and death of their colleague, Adam Alhassan.
But for the timely intervention of Ghana police, the angry students would have set the school ablaze over the death of their colleague accusing their assistant housemistress of negligence.
The DCE who expressed regret about the extend of damage appealed to parents and opinion leaders to inculcate the spirit of dialogue in addressing their grievances instead of resulting to violence.
Police advice to SHS heads ignored
The Northern Regional Police command after what could have been a nasty situation at Dabokpaa SHS warned head masters and managers of senior high schools to keep their ears on the grounds to nip students grievance in the bud.
The police were not happy Conference of Association of Heads of Senior High Schools in the region didn't take clue from Bolgatanaga Technical Senior high school students riot and put in place precautionary measures to avert similar ones in the north.
ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer told Zaa News managers of the SHS's to be proactive in alerting the police whenever the early indicators to riots and vandalism are detected