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A form two General Arts female boarding student of the Damongo Senior High School in the Northern region has suffered complications after she allegedly attempted to illegally terminate her nearly six months old pregnancy while in school.

School authorities were not aware of the incident until doctors at the Damongo hospital reported to them.

Friends of the student had secretly transported her in a hired tricycle to the hospital for treatment on Saturday night when she complained bitterly about severe bouts of stomach cramps or pains.

Midway into the journey, the student started to struggle with pains and later delivered a stillborn fetus which resulted in the complications.

Upon arrival at the hospital, doctors there refused to admit the student until they got permission from the school authorities. After deliberations, the friends who took her to the hospital agreed for the doctors to contact the school management about the matter.

A senior management member of the school who refused to be named confirmed the report to Starr News. He said the student was later admitted and treated after authorities were made aware of the “emergency” matter.

School authorities have informed parents of the student, according to the staff, and the student has been taken home for further treatment.

He disclosed that a disciplinary committee meeting had been held over the matter and the student would face punishment when she returns.

The Damongo Senior High School has consistently been grabbing negative headlines in the last two years. In 2017, some seven students were indefinitely suspended after they were allegedly caught engaging in immoral acts.

And in this year, only some two months ago, the headmaster burnt some 300 mobile phones belonging to students after an overnight raid in dormitories.

source: ghanaweb.com

The government has issued a cheque for GH¢410,389.00 as compensation to the family of a former Headmaster of the Ghana Senior High School (GHANASCO), Tamale, Mr Lionel Mahama (now deceased). The payment of the compensation is for the release of the school’s vehicles which were confiscated by a Tamale High Court in 2016, but family members say the money is yet to hit their account.

However, a family member, Madam Daina Awuni, said a picture of the cheque had been sent to her by the Northern Regional Education Directorate, but her account was yet to be credited with the amount.

A Tamale High Court, in 2016, confiscated a 63-seater bus and the official vehicle of the headmistress of GHANASCO after the Ghana Education Service (GES) failed to clear the salary arrears of Mr Mahama, now deceased, who was dismissed.

The late Mahama, who headed the school in 1997, dragged the GES to court, accusing it of abusing his right by wrongfully terminating his appointment and concealing his promotion letter.

‘Unjust treatment’

A High Court in Tamale, presided over by Mr Justice Lawrence L. Mensah, on April 25, 2013, ruled in favour of Mr Mahama and cited the defendants for ‘unjust treatment’. He subsequently ordered the full and immediate payment of all outstanding arrears to Mr Mahama, who was alive then.

However, years after the court order, authorities of the GES failed to comply with the ruling, infuriating the court to order the confiscation of the school’s vehicles in 2016.

The vehicles were impounded in November 2016, three years after the authorities failed to pay the debt after the court ruled on the case in April 2013.

The debt stood at GH¢200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Cedis) as of the time of the ruling but has now increased to GH¢400, 000.00 (Four Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis).

Two Nissan Patrol vehicles belonging to the GES were also confiscated by the court.

The situation has affected both academic and administrative activities in the school because the management of the school often resorts to the renting of commercial vehicles for transportation, which costs the school huge sums of money.

The Daily Graphic sighted the cheque signed by the Northern Regional Education Director, Alhaji Mohammed Haroon Cambodia.

Alhaji Cambodia confirmed issuing the cheque but declined further comments.

Auctioning

The compensation package was captured as judgement debt in the 2018 budget of the GES and expected to be paid by the end of March for the release of the vehicles to facilitate the smooth running of the school.

However, payment could not be made at the end of March.

The family of the late Mahama last month threatened to auction the vehicles if the compensation was not paid and this was followed with the issuance of the cheque for the payment.

 

source: ghanaweb.com

The Northern Regional Police Command on Wednesday arrested three persons in Tamale for impersonating some candidates in the ongoing West Africa Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

A report issued by the Northern Regional Police Command in Tamale on Thursday, named the suspects as Alhassan Abdul Karim aged 20, Zakaria Abdul Rauf, aged 24, and Tanko Baba, aged 17.

Tamale Presbyterian Senior High School in the Northern Region have expressed their profound gratitude to the management and staff of Breast Care International (BCI), a breast cancer advocate NGO, for schooling them on breast cancer, a disease that has been a threat to the wellbeing of Ghanaian women.

According to them, though they have heard about the disease, knowledge about the causes, prevention and control were not known to them and the education they've had will help not only themselves, but their families as well.

The students made the revelation after the staff of Breast Care International (BCI) and Peace and Love Hospital in Kumasi organised a free breast cancer screening and education at the school campus on Monday, September 24, 2018.

The BCI team's breast cancer screening and education, led by its President, Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Wiafe Addai, was part of activities programmed prior to the 8th edition of BCI Walk for the Care 2018, slated for October 27 20118 in Tamale, the Northern regional capital.

The annual event, which started in 2011 in Kumasi, is designed to create breast cancer awareness. According to health statistics, breast cancer kills a woman in every 69 seconds.

The students, numbering about 2,000, were lectured on the risk factors, the signs and symptoms, method of investigations and diagnosis and the mode of treatment of the disease, by Dr. Wiafe Addai.

According to Dr. Wiafe Addai, breast cancer is prevalent among teenage girls in Ghana, between the ages of 16 and 18, hence the need to give them the education as a guide to live their lives, and also to pass on the information to families back home.

Though there are other risk factors like family history of breast cancer, she mentioned lifestyle as one of the major causes of the disease and cautioned them to desist from smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

“As at now we do not know the causes of the disease, what we can do is to live a healthy lifestyle such as exercising regularly, frequenting the hospitals periodically to examine the breasts and avoiding fatty foods, smoking, too much alcohol consumption,” she cautioned.

She concluded that “the disease is curable when detected early and reported to the hospital.

source: ghanaweb.com

The family of late Lionel Mahama, a former headmaster of the Ghana Senior High School (Ghanasco) in Tamale, who won a court case against the school and Education service for wrongful demotion and freeze of salary, is ready to auction the confiscated assets of the school after failure by authorities, including government to pay a judgment debt awarded by the court.

Diana Awuni, daughter of the late headmaster told Starr News the family had finally secured a clearance document from the court and that a Kumasi-based auctioneer would arrive in Tamale in a fortnight to begin the process to liquidate the vehicles. The only bus of the school, an official Pick up vehicle, and two Nissan patrol cars belonging to the education service have been left rotting in the courtyard for two years now since its confiscation in 2016, after the school failed to pay up salary arrears of the late tutor.

The Nadowli-Kaleo District Assembly has donated 50 sets of school uniforms and ten laptops to the first batch of students enrolled at the Girls Model Junior High School in the Upper West Region.

Presenting the items to the school on behalf of the Assembly, Katherine T. Lankono, the Nadowli-Kaleo District Chief Executive stressed on the need to educate the girl child.

Quoting the popular saying “If we educate a boy, we educate one person. If we educate a girl, we educate a family – and a whole nation,” the DCE explained that “By sending a girl to school, she is far more likely to ensure that her children also receive an education. As many claim, investing in a girl’s education is investing in a nation’’.

She said, child marriage in some cases involving girls as young as 6 or 8 mostly results in the end of a girls’ schooling.

According to her, “The result is literate young mothers without adequate tools to build healthy, educated families. On average, for every year a girl stays in school past fifth grade, her marriage is delayed a year. Educated girls typically marry later, when they are better able to bear and care for their children.”

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