Education

Eduwatch Statement on drowning Saboba Students

Eduwatch, a Non-Governmental Organisation has expressed worry over the drowning of ten (10) Junior High School students of St Charles Lwanga R/C Junior High School in the Saboba District of the Northern Region.

In a news release cited by Opemsuo.com, the use of students for any form of economic or domestic activity by teachers, especially where it affects their health or interferes with instructional and learning hours in and out of school was condemned.

Also, GES and the Ghana Police Service were commended for the swift action for enforcing the existing rules and the law.

Full Statement
Eduwatch is saddened by media reports of the drowning of ten (10) Junior High School students of St Charles Lwanga R/C Junior High School in the Saboba District of the Northern Region.

It is unconscionable that just one school day before the commencement of this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), a headteacher would mobilize 30 students, including BECE Candidates from his school to work on his farm in a rural community where students already have limited time in class due to among others, the challenges in walking long distances to and from school.

We condemn the use of students for any form of economic or domestic
activity by teachers, especially where it affects their health or interferes with instructional and learning hours in and out of school.
We commend the swift action of the GES and the Ghana Police Service to
enforce existing rules and the law.

We recognize that the GES’ Code of Conduct frowns on the use of
students/pupils for work, including selling, weeding, farming, carrying of water, sand, stones, and blocks, or doing household chores, etc., by its staff, with or without the consent of their parents.

We call for the setting up and publishing of complaint phone lines at all GES Offices to enable parents to report offending staff for punitive action.
We urge the GES to provide the necessary psychological and other support to the affected parents and families.

Our sincere condolences to the grieving families for their immeasurable
losses suffered.
Accra, 14/11/2021
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Source: Opemsuo.com/ Priscilla Fordjour

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