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Okyehene calls for immediate closure of Bright SHS over riot

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The Akyem-Abuakwa Traditional Council in the Eastern Region is demanding the immediate closure of Bright Senior High Secondary school.

The request, according to the council has been “provoked by the incident of examination fraud of grave significance in direct relation to the assault of Mr. Gyan Mensah and Damolie Emmanuel Pacome, an official of the West African Examination Council and a reporter or the Daily Graphic respectively in their lawful duties to insist on a fair conduct of WASSCE examination.”

In a statement signed by the State’s secretary, D.M Ofori- Atta and copied to the Ghana Education Service and the Education Ministry, the Council said, its demands are being backed by “His Majesty Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin”

In the two-paged letter sighted the Council accused the headteacher of instigating the assault and rampage by the students.

“The assault was instigated and ordered under the misdirection of Bright Amponsah, the proprietor of the rogue Bright Senior High School which for over a decade has been engaged in ultra-commercial and profiteering aims which runs against the established interest of the educational policy and integrity of public examination.

The above is not an isolated incident; it confirms several reports of corrupt and exploitative motive of Bright Senior High School.

Of more importance to this matter and of illustrative and evidential significance is his bribery of certain officers of the West African Examination Council over the past decade.”

The council further alleged that “Bright SHS, in terms of admission process and curriculum is in violation of all the protocols and regulatory measures put in place by the Ghana Education Service.

Hence, the closure of the school will be in the best interest of the students.

“I am directed to express publicly that the exams results fromthe rogue Bright SHS are falsified.

It has become evident that 90% of graduands of the Bright SHS drop out of public universities in their first year due to their lack of ability to meet the intellectual and academic demands of tertiary institutions.”

While the AkyemAbuakwa Traditional Council says it will assist in the rehabilitation of affected students, it is also calling for an audit into the academic and social situations of the school by the police and Ges.

Among other things, the council means that there should also be a “thorough investigation into the operations of Bright SHS over the last decade with particular concern with its dealings with certain officers of the West African Examination Council WAEC.

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