There is an uneasy calm at the Dwenti Senior High School (SHS) in the Sekyere- Kumawu District, following a high security presence at the School’s premises as students sit for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).
The development is said to have created an uneasy calm amongst the sitting candidates as policemen patrol the premises in the course of the examinations.
“We are perplexed at the high presence of policemen here, especially when there are no incidences of rowdiness, malpractices or indiscipline exhibited by the students,” some of the candidates complained to the media.
Investigations conducted indicated that the presence of the security personnel in a way tended to intimidate some of the candidates as they sat for the exams, which would be completed in September.
In the estimation of the School authorities, there was no justifiable reason for the development, because the institution was not under any crisis.
They, therefore, appealed to the Ghana Education Service (GES), as well as the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) to probe the issue.
Investigations conducted have established that there were earlier attempts by the District Security Committee (DISEC), chaired by the DCE, Mr. Samuel Addai Agyekum, to relocate the School’s WASSCE candidates to Kumasi, to sit for the exams.
This, however, did not materialize, following the intervention of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kumawu and some traditional authorities.
“We believe that may be, because the DCE could not have his way, he might be using the police to show the School where power lies,” a Management Member of the School, noted, in an interview with the media.
It would be recalled that the DCE in July, this year, ordered the closure of the School and subsequent arrest of the authorities, including the Proprietor and Headmaster, over COVID-19 safety protocol breaches.
This occurred during a monitoring exercise by the District’s COVID-19 Response Team.
According to the DCE, Mr. Addai Agyekum, the decision was to ensure that the students were safe as they prepared to write their final exams successfully without contracting the deadly coronavirus.
Source: Enock Akonor Kumasi