Students of Bolgatanga Senior High School in the Upper East Region, have vandalized four vehicles belonging to the school and teachers, in protest over the death of a colleague on Friday.
The irate students, who also vandalized a teacherâ€™s bungalow, accused their senior house master of deliberately refusing to sign an exeat urgently for a form one student who was seriously ill, and needed medical attention, resulting in his death.
They alleged that, the delay in signing his exact accounted for his death, when he was finally rushed to the hospital.
Narrating the incident to Citi News, the students accused the two senior house masters for the death of the deceased, EIliasu Zakaria, a first year General Art student from Lalsa-Beega community in the Bawku municipality.
They added that, they could no long bear the challenges that come with securing an exeat from the school, hence their action.
â€œThe deceased, Elliasu Zakaria, went to sign an exeat to go home, and the senior house masters did not agree and even beat the student up, so he went home and run out of blood and died.â€
â€œSome of the senior house masters do not always want to sign exeats for students, when you tell them you are sick and need an exeat to go home and treat yourself, they always refer you to the dispensary and there are not enough drugs at the dispensaryâ€ a student said.
Another student added that, â€œwhat our senior house masters are doing to us is not fair. One sick girl in my dormitory went to the senior house masters to sign an exeat, but they refused her and on her way to free herself in a toilet she fainted, even though she has gone home, the house masters said, when she returns, she will be punished.â€Head teacher of the school, Mr. Afelibiek Ababu stated that, students will be surcharged for the damage caused.
â€œBut for the Regional Minister Rockson Bukariâ€™s intervention, I would have closed the school. You are a great disappointment to me, every night we carry students to hospital and even pay some of your bills and because of an unfortunate incident, you have gone round to vandalize properties, but the damage that has been caused, you must be ready to pay.â€
Upper East Regional Minister, Rockson Bukari, appealed to the students to remain calm as they investigate and bring finality to the matter.
Meanwhile, calm has returned to the school with the deployment of a joint police-military personnel to protect and lives and property.