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19.03.2008 Education

Five Adisadel Students Sacked

By Daily Graphic
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Five final-year students of Adisadel College have been dismissed for gross indiscipline.

According to the Headmaster, Mr Herbert Kwesi Krufi Graham, one student who is an alleged drug addict snatched a female teacher's bag while she was on her way to class.

The other four broke into their housemaster's bungalow and stole his belongings including a laptop computer and cash.

These were revealed in the headmaster's report at the 98th Speech and Prize-giving Day of the school.

Mr Graham said "the college was founded on a solid Christian faith and the insistence that students tow the path of righteousness has never been reneged on".

He said the school authorities would, in spite of all the constraints, continue to enforce discipline, being mindful of the fact that 'sparing the rod spoils the child'.

He said students who obeyed the rules and regulations of the school had made the school proud by excelling in both internal and external competitions.

Mr Graham said the school ranked 10th among the 100 top senior high schools in Africa and that from an average of 68 per cent pass in 2004, the school recorded 98.3 per cent pass in 2007. He said the best student performance also improved from four 'A's to seven 'A's and a 'B'.

He commended the Parent-Teacher Association for its contribution towards the development of the school.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Unique Trust Financial Services, Prince Kofi Amoabeng, who spoke at the function, advised students to maintain the discipline and the high academic standards set by past students of the school.

Meanwhile, following the tragic death of a final year student,  Mustapha Gafaru on Sunday, the school has been closed down indefinitely following disturbances on campus by students in reaction to the death of their mate.
 
Mustapha was said to have jumped from the fourth floor of a classroom block to avoid punishment. He was one of a number of students who failed to attend the day's church service.
 
Mustapha was said to have jumped when the Senior Housemaster, Mr Joseph Opare, went round the classroom block to lock up the place.

The decision to send the students home was taken at a meeting held on Monday morning by the school authorities, officials of the Ghana Education Service (GES), the police, the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly and the Central Regional Minister, Nana Ato Arthur.

Story by Joe Okyere

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