Students of the St. John’s Senior High Technical School last night went on a rampage and vandalized school property in protest against a new policy that denies them the opportunity to write their final exams if they fail their mock exams.
According to the principal, the school’s 2012 and 2013 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results were so poor that the school instituted a policy that “all final year students will write a mock examination before the WASSCE, and only those who pass the mock will be registered for the WASSCE.
According to him, two teachers, names withheld, told the students not to accept this policy and must insist on getting registered for the WASSCE whether or not they pass their mock exams. The principal reported this to the education office at Nandom, and one of the teachers was questioned on the issue.
For this reason, the students went on rampage and burnt the administration block and vandalized the notice board. They matched to the vice principals house and threw stones at his house before matching back to the school’s administration to wreck the place. Radio FREED is located inside this school and nothing was done to the station and equipment.
There is going to be an emergency meeting tomorrow at the district assembly. Some of the students have since been arrested.