John Ntim Fordjour, the Deputy Minister for Education on behalf of the Ministry of Education Monday visited the Kumasi-based Islamic SHS after some police personnel allegedly opened fire and tear gas on demonstrating students.
In an interview with Accra-based Peace 104.5 FM monitored by EducationWeb, the Reverend Minister in charge of Education said 22 out of 38 students were treated and discharged with 16 in good condition pending discharge.
“22 out of 38 students were treated and discharged with 16 in good condition pending discharge. The safety of students and teachers are assured, as full academic work starts tomorrow,” he told the Twi-speaking radio station.
The Assin South Member of Parliament indicated that representatives from the Ministry after their hospital tour engaged the management of the Islamic school and the Mayor of the Ashanti-Region to ensure normalcy is restored.
“The situation on the Islamic SHS campus is very calm. The teachers are also in very good condition I am of the belief that from Tuesday, June 14, 2022 teaching and learning activities will continue,” Honourable John Ntim told Peace FM.
The Deputy Education Minister said his outfit after the investigation currently ongoing by the Ghana Police Service (GPS) will communicate more details on the unfortunate incident to the members of the general public and students.
The shooting incident occurred after some students of the Islamic Senior High School on June 13, took to the streets and blocked sections of the road to demonstrate against frequent motor traffic accidents in front of their school.
But, in a bid to end the demonstration the police say is illegal and to help open the road to normal traffic flow, some personnel of the Service responded by firing warning shots and opening tear gas and pepper spray on the students.
“The students pelted the Police with stones and the Police used pepper spray and fired warning shots in an attempt to disperse them,” the management of the Ghana Police Service stated in a press statement issued on Monday.
The intervention of the police as seen in viral videos on various social media platforms unfortunately lead to some prospective students being injured following the disturbances and being rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Police clinical psychologists were subsequently deployed to visit the Senior High School the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has said has the highest population of students to offer psychosocial support to the student body.