The Senior Housemaster at the Nyinahini Roman Catholic Senior High School, Elder Paul Afoakwa has revealed that the de-boardinization of the two students at the school was done strictly in accordance with the COVID-19 protocols.
Speaking to the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper early Tuesday morning in reaction to Monday’s publication that alleged that some 40 students had been deboardinized, Elder Afoakwa said every student that had faced disciplinary action had been dealt with according to Ghana Education Service (GES) regulations.
Narrating the incident to this reporter, Elder Afoakwa said Emmanuel Agyei and Kwabena Kusi had left the school campus last week Monday to buy food, an act that had been banned due to the outbreak of COVID-19 viral disease.
The two, the calm tutor said were returning to campus when he saw them around the school’s farm at 7:30 pm.
Elder Afoakwa said upon interrogation the students confessed that they went out to buy food as both parents were subsequently informed of the action of their wards and sanctions relayed to them.
Kwabena Kusi, the senior headmaster noted admitted to the offence to the mum on phone and told the mum the school’s decision regarding such a wayward behavior.
However, Emmanuel Agyei’s mum, Felicia Agyei pleaded with Elder Afoakwa to stay the punishment till she comes to the school to take a briefing of same.
Madam Agyei, the senior housemaster said came to the school and upon hearing the punishment of the two decided to plead in the process called two District Chief Executives (DCEs), Sekyere Central and Atwima Mponua to help her do so.
Elder Afoakwa explained that even though Madam Agyei later was abusive with her tone and language due to the connection to one of the DCE’s, he took the pains to let the DCEs know that it was not his decision to punish or not but that of the GES and the school.
The Senior Housemaster noted that nowhere did he state that the two boys had contracted COVID-19 since the school had no facility to test but any boarding student who went out without clearance was to leave campus immediately, self isolate at home so that the risk of COVID-19 could be reduced if any had contracted same.
Meanwhile, the School Board and Administration has resolved and pardoned the two students and at the time of filing this report Kwabena Kusi’s mum had been reached with the news for the son to return to campus and be quarantined on campus till he finished his final papers.
The son of Madam Felicia Agyei, at the time of filing this report had not been reached or seen on campus but the school had made arrangements to contact the mum for her to return the boy to school to under compulsory quarantine until he is also done with his papers next week.
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