A brawl between students Tema Manhean Secondary Technical School(Mansectec) and Ashaiman Senior High School(Ashaisec) has brought an abrupt end to the ongoing zone four inter school games in Tema.
The football park at the Tema Secondary School(Temasco) which hosted the participating nine schools, was turned into a fighting field as the opposing students engaged in fisticuffs, and pelting each other with stones and any available object.
Students from other schools were also beaten with sticks, belts and dog chains resulting in a number of casualties.
The Ghana News Agency observed that the incident started out of the blue when Nungua Senior High School and Chemu Senior High School were playing the girls’ finals.
In what looked like a battle, some students from other schools joined in the free for all fight until members of TEMASCO Cadet corps apprehended about nine of the feuding students and handed them over to the Tema Community Two Police.
Mr Kobina Ampia-Biney, Organizer of the GASSA zone four games, said the game had to be halted to prevent higher fatalities and casualties.
According to him, a similar clash happened on Tuesday after the close of the games which led to two boys sustaining head and eye injuries but were receiving treatment at a health facility.
He added that the violence started as a result of student hooliganism, system failure as well as insufficient monitoring of students by their teachers.
Mr Apia-Biney, who doubles as the Sport Secretary of Methodist Day Senior High School, said due to financial constraints, they were unable to hire enough security officials at the place which students took advantage of and misbehaved.
“As at now, five out the nine participating schools said they have not received their capitation grant and for that matter, has not issued their cheque to us. Because of this, it has affected us in so many ways including getting more police to help the cadet boys in the handling security issues here, ” he explained.
He indicated that the issue would be referred to the disciplinary committee to investigate and give the appropriate sanctions to the schools involved.