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The police in Tamale have arrested fifteen male students of the Ghana Senior High School (GHANASCO) following a riot that erupted on the school’s premises at 12 midnight on Sunday May 30.
This followed the firing of warning shots and tear gas on the school’s premises by the police as the angry students resisted police attempt to stop their hooliganism.
The rioters for reasons yet to be uncovered burnt the Senior House master’s brand new motorbike and vandalized several school properties worth thousands of Ghana cedis.
They also blocked all the roads on campus, smashed the windscreen of the Tamale Metropolitan Education Director and as well wounded a police man.
The school has been temporarily closed down and the students are loitering in the surrounding villages of Tamale.
Mr. Anyimah Kwao, a Science tutor of the school told Citi News that the aggression started at about 12 midnight on Monday May 31, when he heard the students pelting stones and chanting war songs towards the girls dormitory.
He came out and rushed to the school administration block only to find the senior housemaster’s motorbike set ablaze with threats to kill one of the masters called Mr. M.Z.
“Minutes later the police was called to the scene to prevent the hostility from getting out of hand” he stated.
“But for the timely intervention of the police, the students would have set ablaze the Senior Housemistress bungalow” Mr. Anyimah disclosed.
Speaking to Citi News at their hideout in the Kukuo village, some of the students explained that their agitation had to do with upward adjustment in their school fees and other unexpected bills.
They further alleged that the school authority ceased their mobile phones and burnt them with the excuse that the headmistress is strictly against the use of cellular phones on the school’s premises.
But the root cause of the hostilities according to them was the school authority’s decision to lock up the female students in their dormitory on Sunday May 30.
They said the female students screamed for several hours which caught their attention causing them to rush to the scene to break the doors in an attempt to rescue them.
Madam Mary Asobayire, the Headmistress at the scene declined to comment on the matter, saying “I have just returned from a journey and I am yet to briefed on the situation.”
This sad incident comes few days after Vice President John Dramani Mahama an old student of the school launched the school’s Golden Jubilee Anniversary at the seat of government, Accra.