Old students of Bright Senior High School located at Kukurantumi in the Eastern Region have described as a “sheer grammatical construction” a statement by Akyem-Abuakwa Traditional Council calling for the closure of the school and called on the appropriate authorities to disregard it.
The Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council called for the closure of the school with immediate effect after officials of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) supervising the ongoing WASSCE examination were attacked by students of the school on Thursday, 6 August 2020 over strict invigilation.
A journalist with the state-owned Daily Graphic was also beaten by the students during the melee.
His phone and bag were taken away by the students who chased him on a motorbike and pummeled him even as he jumped onto a moving commercial bus to save his life.
The marauding students trashed phones belonging to the invigilators.
They were angry about strict supervision and social-distancing protocols in the exam hall.
The police had to intervene to calm nerves.
Reacting to the statement by the Akyem Abuakwa traditional council to close down the school, the old students also in a statement signed by their secretary, Edmund Doku Koranteng, dated Tuesday, 11 August 2020, said although they condemn the actions of the final year students the Akyem- Abuakwa Traditional Council cannot use the “unfortunate and really disturbing” incident as a perfect ground to justify their demand for the closure of Bright SHS.
The statement from the old students said “we condemn the act of students causing damage and assaults on West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) officials and a journalist.
“We say, such actions by the students were terribly demeaning and uncalled for. We are, therefore, using this as enough grounds to apologise to the general public especially, the Ghana Education Service and the West African Examination Council on the daft conducts of the students and with much assurance that, such a disturbing behaviour would not see the light again in the school.”
According to the Bright SHS old students, “It is for this reason, we want to make the point that, the Akyem- Abuakwa Traditional Council cannot use the unfortunate and really disturbing incident as a perfect ground to justify their demand for the closure of Bright SHS.
The old students stated that they “strongly disagree” with the traditional council when it says “it has become evident that 90 percent of graduands of Bright Senior High School drop out of public universities in their first year due to their inability to meet the intellectual and academic demands of tertiary institutions.”
The old students continued that: “This statement made by the Traditional Council has no evidential backings and we believe are mere accusations and expression of opinions. To put forth our stance, there is no justification for the statement made by the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council.”
It emphasised that: “Bright senior high school has graduands from various tertiary institutions in the country and across the world respectively. We the old students are in the most prestigious universities in and across the country, reading the toughest courses in these institutions and yet, we are all excelling. Talk of those studying in China, Russia, United States of America, just to mention, but a few.”
The old student further continued that: “We would want to also make it clear that, studying at the tertiary level is to a greater extent different compared, to the other levels of education. It’s factual that, students are not compelled nor mandated by any means to learn in the tertiary level hence the sole decision of the student to learn or not.”
Responding to the allegation that results from the school are “falsified”, the old students noted that the comment is also “a well-structured statement carefully constructed to throw hot dust into our eyes. The statement has no substantial documents to support it on the tangent it wants to go. If they would want to come hard on this statement again, then they would have to answer the question: how possibly could students from Bright SHS made it through the entrance examinations and interviews which certain courses in the tertiary level like medicine, nursing amongst others demand before admissions are granted? If their claims of ‘falsified results’ could stand unshakingly, then their answer must be unyieldingly solid to flaw our stance.”
“So again, we the Old Students of the reputable Bright senior high school want to make it clear to the general public that the statement made by Akyem-Abuakwa Traditional Council is a sheer grammatical construction, hence need not to be considered,” the statement added.