School Shut Over Assault On Teachers

THE OSEI Kwadwo D/A Junior High School in the Afigya-Kwabre District of the Ashanti Region has been shut after callous assaults on teachers by angry relatives of a female student who accused one of the teachers of having administered corporal punishment to their ward.

Some residents of Atrama community, including four relatives of the female student, stormed the school with weapons to attack and injure Emmanuel Adu, a National Service teacher, for disciplining the 12-year-old girl after she had shown gross insubordination.

The incident, which happened on Tuesday afternoon, also saw four other teachers assaulted for intervening in the mob attack on Mr Emmanuel Adu.

They are Frank Yeboah, Eric Ofosuhene, Eric Wegya, and Prince Kyei who suffered varying degrees of injuries.

Frank Yeboah in particular collapsed during the attack after he was hit with a club on the back of his head from behind by a member of the mob.

It took the intervention of some community members of Agyarko Buoho – where the school is situated – to rescue the teachers from the aggressors.

At a meeting to broker peace yesterday, the District Director of Education demanded that the opinion leaders of the four communities the school serves put in place strict measures to safeguard the teachers, as the teachers said they feared for their lives.

Duncan Nkrumah-Poku, the assembly member of the Broyedu Electoral Area, told DAILY GUIDE that the director’s call was taken in good faith and acted upon by stakeholders in the affected area.

According to him, they had apprehended four of the main suspects who were identified by the teachers and handed them over to the police at Ahenkro.

He stated that he and his Unit Committee members, together with opinion leaders of the various communities, had fashioned out measures to ensure the safety and security of the teachers at the school, after a meeting with the education director, school management committee and teachers.

District Police Commander DSP Ebenezer Bentsil, who confirmed the incident, told DAILY GUIDE that the victims had been given medical forms to go to hospital for treatment.

He said the case was under police investigation and that they were waiting for statements of the victims to be taken to determine the course of action.

One of the victims, Frank Yeboah, said their aggressors were armed with machetes, chains, iron rods and clubs when they stormed the school to attack their colleague.

According to him, they could have lost their lives if community members of the Agyarko Buoho and Ampabame had not come to their rescue on time.

From Ernest Kofi Adu, Kumasi

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