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25.03.2004 Regional News

JAPASS resort to discipline recalcitrant students

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Jachie (Ash), March 25, GNA- The Jachie-Pramso Secondary School (JAPASS) administration has warned that it would be ruthless in dealing with students, teachers or workers who indulge in acts to derail discipline in the school.
Nana Minta-Afari Bowak, Headmaster, who gave the warning, said not even the anonymous letters people write to threaten the school authorities, will deter them from efforts to instil discipline in the school.
He was addressing a forum for the students on Tuesday on the need for both students and staff to comport themselves to enhance effective teaching and learning.
It was attended by senior officers from the regional and the Bosomtwe-Atwima-Kwanwoma district office of the Ghana Education Service (GES), assembly members, the security agencies, chiefs, the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of the school and the board of governors.
The Headmaster regretted that anytime a student misconducts himself or herself and is made to face the full rigours of the law, he receives anonymous letters threatening to set the school ablaze. "In fact it is such students who cause examination malpractices during the conduct of both internal and external examination", he said. Nana Bowak asked people who might have been influenced by the very few die-hard ones yet to be exposed to refrain from further nefarious activities so as not to force the government into abandoning the elaborate programmes it has for the school.
Mr Julius Kwashie Oddoye, Deputy Ashanti Regional Director of Education, stressed the need for the students to be law-abiding, adding that they should be wary of peer pressure.
Mr S.E. Quansah, Chief Personnel Officer, Bosomtwe-Atwima-Kwanwoma district assembly, called on the teachers to show concern and commitment for the welfare of the students.
He asked them to lead exemplary lives for the students to emulate, pointing out that the assembly will not hesitate to withdraw the scholarship of students who misconduct themselves.
Baffour Kwaku Amoateng, chief of Jachie, called for co-operation between the teachers and the headmaster, adding that he will not sit down for aimless people to soil the good ones in the school. He said he has heard a lot about most students misconducting themselves in bars and hotels and that student caught will not be spared.