The Ministry of Education (MoE) will not interfere in any investigation being undertaken by any state institution interested in the recent bullying incident at Adisadel College in Cape Coast, the Deputy Minister for Education, John Ntim Fordjour.
At an engagement with Adisadel authorities, he said although MoE and the Ghana Education Service have their regulations on resolving issues, they would however not hinder any other state institutions interested in investigating the issue.
Mr Ntim explained that there was the need for all Ghanaians irrespective of age and location to understand that there are laws governing the behaviour and conduct of every Ghanaian so there was the need for people to be mindful of how they conduct themselves.
The Reverend Minister stated that apart from the general laws binding all adults, there were also laws governing juveniles’ behaviour and therefore reminded all residents in the country to watch how they behaved at every point in time.
The Deputy Education Minister in charge of General Education stated that “it is time all students across the country have a paradigm shift on bullying and general indiscipline, having in mind that every action has consequences under the law.
Reverend Joh Ntim Fordjour urged the staff and management of the Cape Coast-based Adisadel College (ADISCO) to be extra vigilant and ensure a high standard of discipline is established on the campus.
The Deputy Minister for Education was accompanied by the Deputy Director General of Ghana Education Service (GES), Mr Stephen Kwaku Owusu, the Central Regional Director of Education, Mr Emmanuel Essuman and others.
In a related development, the 17-year-old final-year student of Adisadel College captured in a video violently assaulting his junior in the dormitory has denied the assault charge levelled against him in court saying he is not guilty.
A media report says the lawyer of the final-year student when appealed to stop the court from taking the plea of the culprit who is set to partake in 2023 WASSCE was refused by the judge, His Lordship Eric Oheneba Antwi-Boasiako
According to the report, the parents of the two Adisadel College students and some members of the general public were in court to witness proceedings, however, the case was heard in the judge’s chamber due to its sensitivity.
“Three-panel members who deliberated on the case today, Wednesday, August 2, 2023, include a representative of the Oguaa Traditional Council, the Judge and the Department of Social Welfare,” the local media report said.
The Cape Coast District Court following the ongoing 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) has suspended proceedings of the case to September 27, 2023, to enable the final-year student to sit for the exams.