A student of the Kumasi Girls SHS Ama (not her real name) has shared a story of starvation at the school over the past week.
Students of St Louis and Kumasi Girls SHS went on a rampage on Monday after which a joint police-military team went to the schools to calm the situation.
According to Ama, there was inadequate food to sustain the students so they wanted to go home to get some provisions.
She revealed on Morning Starr with Francis Abban that students have had to take their sugar and bread to the dining hall for breakfast.
She also disclosed that SHS 1 and 2 students are fed with leftover food.
“On Monday, our headmistress called us and said we were to go home for a midterm break but it was later canceled. We started screaming because other schools had gone on break. As things stand, we do not have food to eat. We don’t have food on campus. When we eat our leftover food is given to the form 1 and 2 students. We go to dining with our bread and sugar so we wanted to go home and bring provisions”.
Confirming reports of military brutalities on students, she recounted “when the military and police entered the school they entered the dormitories and started beating us because we refused to stop screaming. They kicked us on the floor, I was kicked in the abdomen.
“One of the colleagues had marks on their bodies and some were also bleeding as a result of the canes we were being beaten with. We were kicked on the floor by the military and police officers”.
She lamented “the police are lying. We were beaten.”
Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the Africa Education Watch Kofi Asare has described the situation as embarrassing.
“We have a problem and that’s a result of erratic changes in the Senior High School calendar. This is actually embarrassing.”
“I’m also informed that students were asked to go home. If the student were asked to go home, why would you bring the military and police?
He added “there have always been issues with feeding in SHSs. We know we’re in the second semester and money hasn’t gone for feeding.”