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The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) says it has on July 11, 2018, intercepted a video circulating on social media of a student of the Kumasi Senior High Technical School (KSTS) who is alleged to have been beaten by his teacher on the basis that he owes school fees.
According to the narratives and visuals in the video this student had been beaten severely with marks of the whip all over his body.
In a letter jointly signed by the NUGS Education & Democratization Secretary, David Kofi Mensah and NUGS President, Frank Amoakohene, and addressed to the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) and copied the Ghana Education Service (GES), the Union strongly condemned the incident and called on the relevant authorities to take immediate action on the video.
“We find this very abusive and abhorring in a country where we seek to protect Human Rights. We condemn this outrightly and do not encourage any teacher to repeat this barbaric act on any student in this nation.
“We also call on the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to take the necessary actions and reprimand the teacher involved,” the letter Stated in part.
It is the believe of NUGS that no matter the amount of school fees a student owes the best form of punishment is not to beat him/her in the manner it was done in the video.
“We detest this form of punishment from school teachers in any circumstance,” it said.
“We wish to use to communique to inform the general public that anyone who has knowledge of this student should kindly alert us for further actions and aid for the student.
“We assure the general student body of our solemn support in fighting for their welfare.
Aluta Continua…!!! Victoria Ascerta…!!!”
David Kofi Mensah
NUGS Education & Democratization Secretary