At least 20 pupils from Islamic Senior High School have been hospitalised with injuries after clashes with police in Kumasi, Ghana.
Security personnel were deployed to the School to maintain law and order after students joined in the call for increased road safety measures outside their school.
Angry students massed up on the Abrepo Junction-Barekese road to protest pedestrian knockdowns involving students and teachers of the school.
They called for construction of speed bumps on that section of the road. After vehicular and human traffic stretched, academic work was grounded. Parents stomped the school to check on their wards, amid heavy security.
A Spokesperson of the Education Ministry, Eric Opoku Mensah, said efforts are underway to bring the situation under control.
Some students of the school who inhaled tear gas released by the Police dispersing the students were admitted at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
Mensah explained that the Regional Director of Education is following up with the matter to ensure all students admitted at the hospital are well catered for and safe.
“We’ve spoken to parents to remain calm; we have given them the assurance that any student found in this School is well. We are protecting them; we are ensuring that those that were taken to the hospital are safe – some have been brought back.
“We will engage the Urban Roads Directorate to ensure that some markings would be done on the road immediately. Even if that is done, that wouldn’t be an antidote to an accident occurring but again, we need to educate and advise our drivers who ply this road to be cautious when getting to a school junction,” he said.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare paid a visit to the school, in order to get first-hand details on the clash.
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