Students Seek Headmaster’s Head


Students of the Kumbungu Senior High School (SHS) in the Kumbungu district of the Northern Region are demanding the immediate removal of their headmaster, Francis Tia Dokurugu, from the school.

They are accusing him of refusing to back out of office and still managing the affairs of the school, despite his attainment of the mandatory retirement age since early last year.

In view of this, they noted that his contributions to the school’s development are minimal, coupled with his poor administrative skills that had made the teachers non-functional to a large extent.

The over 1,600 students have therefore petitioned the Kumbungu District Directorate of Education to remove Mr. Dokurugu for a new person to take over.

According to them, they were not comfortable with his ‘arm-chair administration’, indicating that they were prepared to collaborate with an effective headmaster who could help uplift the school to catch up with the rest of the second cycle schools in the country.

Information gathered by DAILY GUIDE, pointed to the students claiming that some administrative staff were also not happy about the way and manner the headmaster was managing the school, which had adversely affected its standard. Kumbungu SHS is one of the deprived schools in the Northern Region bedeviled with several challenges, including accommodation for the students.

The students had also petitioned the district assembly and reported the matter to the paramount chief of the Kumbungu Traditional Area.

The headmaster, who was said to be on the way to the school when some students entered his office and later to the education directorate, had to stop midway to receive security briefing on the matter.

DAILY GUIDE gathered he later sneaked unto the campus without the knowledge of the demonstrating students and parked his car far away to avoid them noticing his presence.

When contacted, Mr Francis Tia Dokurugu declined comment on the matter, saying it was before authorities of the Ghana Education Service (GES) and some major stakeholders for an amicable settlement.

From Stephen Zoure, Kumbungu


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