Tamasco Students Go Wild
2007-12-15 12:35:11This article has been read 1125 times.The Headmaster of the Tamale Senior High School (TAMASCO), Mr. Bolinaa Saaka, who is almost at his retiring age, is currently being accused by the final year students of his school of financial misappropriation.
The third year students, who are at the moment battling with Bolinaa Saaka’s administration, are demanding a refund of their computer fees, paid during their two and a half years stay in the school.
The entire final year students are demanding over ¢200 million from the school, which has now become a severe headache for Bolinaa and his administration.
According to the aggrieved students, they have been paying computer fees every term, but they have never been taken through any lessons.
The students, therefore, embarked on a peaceful demonstration on last Monday morning, to demand the refund of the money.
When The Chronicle visited the school on Tuesday, it was revealed by some section of the students that, they would not allow the administration of Bolinaa Saaka to take them for granted and were thus demanding the refund of their monies, since their stay in the school was almost over.
The angry students on Wednesday December 12 boycotted their morning classes and embarked on a demonstration, demanding answers to their grievances.
However, the Northern Regional Minster, Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris, and other members of the Regional Security Council, including COP Ephram Oko Brakatu, Northern Regional Police Commander, quickly went to the campus to intervene.
The Minister advised the students to use dialogue instead of violence.
In spite of the plea, the embattled students threatened to boycott the School’s impending 17th Annual Speech and Prize Giving Day, scheduled for Saturday December 15th.
Meanwhile, in an interview with the TAMASCO Headmaster, who was flanked by some other staff of the school including the school’s Board Chairman, Dr. E Adam Haruna, he admitted that the students had a genuine case or their complaints were true.
He, however, denied that the students had never had computer classes, adding that it was only for three or four terms that they did not have their computer lessons, due to some challenges.
According to the Headmaster, part of the monies accumulated from the computer levy were used to procure about forty computers, which has therefore made it very difficult for the administration to refund their money.
He pleaded with the students to at least sacrifice the money, since they would soon be old boys of the school and besides they have also enjoyed the benefits of other predecessors of the school.
source: Ghanaian Chronicle