The Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum after a student who attempted to save a colleague from bullying was stabbed to death has called on students in Senior High Schools to end the school culture he described as past.
Dr Yaw Adutwum commenting on the sudden demise of late Larhan Sam-una, a former student of Konongo-Odumase SHS killed last Friday by his mate said such acts of indiscipline should not be tolerated in the 21st Century.
The Education Minister addressing the nation on STEM Education on Monday expressed regret that bullying scenarios had been part of the school culture but the “time has come for us to end this because homo is a thing of the past.”
“We have to understand that we are each other’s keeper and we should not be oppressors of our brothers and sisters. The right environment, devoid of intimidation, should be created for students to perform well academically,” he stated.
The Bosomtwe Member of Parliament consequently urged students in schools to desist from those acts by creating “a welcoming atmosphere for each other in school and not to become oppressors; the time has come for us to end this.”
“That homo in schools is a relic of the past and it should not have space in this century; fresh students who go to school should be treated like brothers and sisters and if you are in Form 2 or 3 you should be his or her keeper.”
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education (MoE) giving an update on the unfortunate incident on Sunday said it is collaborating with the Ghana Education Service (GES), police and state agencies to get to the bottom of this issue.
The spokesman for the Education Ministry, Emmanuel Kwasi Kwarteng in a post said the Headmaster of the Ashanti-Region-based Konongo-Odumase Senior High School (SHS) officially has reported the case to his outfit.
“I have gotten in touch with the Headmaster of Konongo Odumase Senior High School. He’s confirmed the unfortunate attack of one of their students (name withheld) by a colleague student leading to his death,” he stated.
Local media reports say five students of the Odumase Senior High School have been arrested by the Konongo Police to assist in investigations over the murder of young Larhan Sam-una who was stabbed to death on Friday.