12.03.2005 General News

Adisadel college to conduct random drug tests

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Cape Coast March 12, GNA- The acting Headmaster of Adisadel College, Mr Kwadwo Asiedu-Gyimah, on Saturday announced that the authorities of the school is in consultation with the Parent-Teacher-Association (PTA) to evolve a policy to conduct random tests on students to curb the use of drugs. According to him, this was also aimed at instilling a high sense of discipline in the students.

Mr Asiedu-Gyimah, who announced this at the 95th speech and prize-giving and founders day celebration of the college at Cape Coast, said last year, 12 students were withdrawn for various in disciplinary behaviour, such as wee smoking, molestation, bullying of junior students and gross insubordination. He said 20 students, 11 in form two and nine in form one, were repeated for examination malpractices and stressed that the authorities would continue to instil a high sense of discipline in students, as well as take "sterner disciplinary" measures against mischievous students.

Mr Asiedu-Gyimah called on parents to live-up to their responsibility of ensuring discipline at home and to refrain from giving their wards mobile phones, since students were not allowed to use them in school. The acting Headmaster was not happy about the non-payment of school fees by parents and said it was creating administrative problems as well as making some students to play truant. He advised the parents to pay fees in banker's drafts rather than in cash, since some parents were compelled to pay double fees, because their wards squandered the money given them for the purpose.

The acting Headmaster, suggested that guidance and counselling should be made a full department in all schools to ensure the effective counselling of students. He said it would also enable teachers to "nib all problems in the bud" and suggested that guidance and counselling coordinators should be paid allowances as an incentive.

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