The final-year student of Adisadel College captured in a viral video violently assaulting a junior in a dormitory has been arrested by the Police. He will appear in court on Friday, a source familiar with the matter has disclosed.
The arrest comes after Africa Education Watch (EduWatch) condemning the assault called on the Ghana Police Service to take up the unfortunate incident and treat it as a criminal case and punish the final-year student involved.
The Director of the education think tank, Mr Kofi Asare in a social media post sighted by AcademicWeek said “I condemn the alleged incident of bullying at Adisadel College. This is a criminal matter for the Ghana Police Service.”
The education think tank Director, also suggested for authorities of various government Senior High Schools (SHSs) and Senior High Technical Schools (SHTSs) in the country to distinguish criminal conduct from school misconduct.
“Our school heads require serious training and a written Case Management Protocol for violence occurring in school, including assault and battery.
This will guide authorities on critical steps required to be taken from the initial stage of reporting/notice through to reparation and justice.
It will also help school heads to distinguish criminal conduct meant to be reported to the police from civil misconduct that can be handled by the school’s disciplinary system,” the Director of the education think tank stated in his post.
Meanwhile, the mother of the bullied student, Margaret Afari, has appealed to the management of Adisadel College to allow her son to stay in school to write the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Speaking to the Daily Graphic she said the interim sanctions communicated from the school indicated that her son would have to stay out of the school premises and come with his parents every day to write his WASSCE papers.
“I am pleading with the authorities in charge. They should look again at the sanctions and allow him to stay in the school and write the examination. I don’t want to drag this matter,” she told the Daily Graphic newspaper.