Schools resume after conflict at Kpatinga


Schools resume after conflict at Kpatinga

All 26 basic schools in the Kpatinga East and West Circuits of the Gushegu Municipality of the Northern Region have resumed academic activities after days of conflict in the area.

This came to light when Mr Bright Lawoe, Gushegu Municipal Director of Education visited some of the schools in the area to ascertain if teachers and pupils, who fled the area during the conflict, had returned to school.

The schools visited included; Kpatinga E/A Junior High School (JHS), Maazijung JHS, Maazijung Model Kindergarten and Maazijung Primary School.

On Friday, January 24, a chieftaincy-related issue sparked conflict at Kpatinga, where one person was killed, five others injured and about 10 houses burnt down.

The conflict that lasted several days saw many people including; teachers and pupils fleeing, leading to temporary closure of schools in the area.

Mr Lawoe advised teachers in the area to detach themselves from issues related to politics and chieftaincy to avoid being targeted.

He also advised them to have their ears on the ground and release pupils at the slightest suspicion of trouble to avert the situation, where the pupils would become victims of the disturbances.

Mr Lawoe also interacted with Basic Education Certificate Examinations’ (BECE) candidates of Kpatinga E/A JHS and Maazijung JHS and warned them against the habit of staying away from school after registering for the BECE and said any BECE candidate, who absented himself or herself from school without tangible reasons for six days would not be allowed to write the BECE.

The Director said this measure would help improve attendance to school amongst BECE candidates in the area to ensure quality in terms of performance.

He gave the assurance that any candidate, who would get aggregate one in English Language and Mathematics in the area, would be awarded an amount of GHc100.00.

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