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Tempane SHS first-year students to return on Monday after "hunger strike"

By Mutala Yakubu
Tempane SHS first-year students to return on Monday after "hunger strike"

First-year students of the Tempane Senior High School (SHS) are expected back to campus on Monday, December 17, 2018.

This was made known by the Chief Executive, Paul Abugre Azumah.

He, however, added that a decision will be taken on when to allow the second and third-year students to return to the school in the coming days.

The school was yesterday [Tuesday] closed down on the orders of the DCE, following a hunger strike by students in solidarity with their headmaster who was suspended for allowing then national organizer aspirant of the NDC, Joshua Akamba to engage in a political activity at the school.

It is still unclear whether the head teacher will return to the school.

Mr Abugre in an interview with Citi News said the decision to reopen the school was to allow the students to prepare for their end-of-term examinations.

“The form ones have been asked to come back on Monday to continue with academic work whilst we look into the case. The continuing students, forms two and three, will also come later, so that’s the situation. We will meet and take a decision, we want them to come and write their exams before they vacate,” he said.

He said the closure of the school was done as a precautionary measure to prevent the destruction of properties.

“We got information this morning from the Assistant Headmaster that some students had refused to eat. They had refused to write exams and were preventing juniors from writing exams so after talking to them for about four hours, we realized that when we make them stay overnight, they might take advantage of the situation and destroy properties so stakeholders came together and we decided that in order to avoid any destruction of properties in the night, they should go home.”

The headmaster, Ndegu Amolale, was suspended by the Ghana Education Service for allowing the National Organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joshua Akamba to campaign in the school against government’s Free SHS.

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