A little disagreement which escalated into hazardous demonstrations has compelled the temporary closure of Ghana Senior High School (GHANASCO) and Vitting Senior High School (VSEC) in the Tamale Metropolis of the Northern Region. The students of the aforementioned schools reportedly engaged in serious disagreements over a controversial penalty in a football match, which later escalated to violent attacks between the schools.
According to the Northern Regional Director of the Ghana Education Service, Alhaji Mohammed Haroun Cambodia who called for their closure, students of VSEC set fire on the beds at GHANASCO. He said:
The Vitting students went to burn beds. GHANASCO packed their beds at the VSEC yard which now belongs to GHNASCO and the Vitting students went and burnt the beds, wooden beds.
Agitated by the acts of the Vitting students, GHANASCO students were said to have sneaked into one of the dormitories AT VSEC to try to set fire to it, but they did not succeed, as the students there were at alert for counter attacks from the GHANASCO students.
Some students sustained injuries from the arson attack but are said to have been treated and discharged by the Tamale Teaching Hospital. However the schools had to be closed down temporarily for the safety of the students.
The way things were going, I realized that there was no peace, there was no security and I couldn’t guarantee even tonight what would have happened if the students had stayed on the premise; so my decision was that the schools should be closed down temporarily’ he added
Mr Cambodia noted that the final year students were asked to stay behind as they were in the middle of their mock examinations.
Furthermore, three students from GHANASCO were said to have been arrested for the failed arson attack which left some students injured. They are also assisting the police with investigations on the attack.
Meanwhile security has been intensified on both schools’ premises.