A terrible video goes up depicting Gross Abuse as Annor Adjaye SHS Teachers cane pupils to a pulp.
The Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG) got a distress message revealing significant body harm caused on pupils by teachers of Annor Adjaye Senior High School, a public SHS located in the Jomoro Municipality, located in the Southwestern portion of the Western Region of Ghana
The students heard an alarm that some teachers were approaching, but since they were already suiting up for church service, they decided to remain in the dormitory and rather wait for the teachers while some others hurried out.
Teachers, per information acquired by the Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG) numbering about seven (7) went to the school dormitory where the pupils were being dressed up for the usual service. Upon arrival, no amount of explanation they gave was taken. The pupils were told to kneel down which was followed by the brutal caning which has resulted in substantial visible damage to the body of the students.
The transgression for which the children were cruelly caned and wounded by the teachers was because they were getting late for the Sunday morning service. This abuse rests on the kids’ right to freedom of worship and belief and at the same time on the obligation to observe school rules as students, nevertheless, the magnitude of the corporal punishment is uncalled-for. The offence of the students gathered so far points to being late for the Sunday morning church service.
The pupils were also asked to go and weed a piece of land belonging to an Agric Institution after the church session. It is believed that the school’s head of the English department, the Assistant Head of academics, and one Senior Housemaster were part of those who went on the canning spree.
Gross Abuse as Annor Adjaye SHS Teachers Cane Students to Pulp: The GES views on physical punishment and the use of cane in schools. Although the GES has banned physical punishment in schools since 2017, teachers do not seem willing to abandon the use of canes and this can be considered to be the case in Annor Adjaye Senior High School.
As a result of the continuous abuse on the part of some teachers at the basic and senior high schools, in 2017, the Ghana Education Services officially banned all forms of corporal punishment of children in schools in Ghana as part of efforts aimed at promoting a safe and protective learning environment for children.
The Ghana Education service’s mandate was issued in January 2019 that a Positive Discipline Toolkit which includes alternatives to physical punishments is adopted by all instructors. Our Country is one of the very many other countries that adopted corporal punishment in its educational practices, as a procedure of penalizing and rehabilitative technique. Of the several techniques of corporal punishment, caning was widespread in Ghanaian public and private basic and senior high schools, as a quick to deliver punishment. However, this was not employed by the Annor Adjaye SHS Teachers.
According to sources, the educators who are expected to obey the ban on caning regulation of the Ghana Education Service chose to teach the pupils a Mother’s Day lesson. They virtually abused the students by excessively lashing them. Students who underwent the harsh treatment number roughly nineteen (19) per our sources.
Due to the harsh treatment meted out to the pupils, marks from the canes can be easily seen on their legs, arms, thighs, and their backs and blood clots are clearly evident on their bodies. The abuse occurred in House 4 also known as Rev. Father Quarm House.
The point is, should pupils be brutally assaulted and abused to compel them to be part of a church service they were already preparing for? It is the wrong use of authority and hostility. Is the desire to damage the sole appropriate alternative for enforcing discipline in students at Annor Adjaye Senior High School?
The pupils reported that the forceful caning is a frequent practice in the School by the teachers due to the location of the school in a village and far from town. Our efforts to approach the school administration proved useless as the available school contact number could not allow the Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG) to reach school authorities.
However, the video evidence linked to this publication gives a clear indication of the rate of abuse meted out to the pupils by the teachers who should have known better and shown restraint and further used a human-centred approach to dealing with the situation.
We call on the Ghana Education Service and the Ghana Police to take up this problem and ensure they get to the bottom of this and teachers found guilty of the act are dealt with accordingly. No matter how significant the offence of this situation, the teachers who are said to have teamed up to abuse the second and final-year pupils over the compulsory religious gathering in school failed to make the proper decisions.
The SHS student beaten by teachers on Mother’s Day is a horrible move on such a day, and parents are already frightened as their children make distress calls back home. Some damaged students are unable to sit or lie down. In the video linked, one can hear them complain of being assaulted by the teachers for being late for the early Sunday religious service organized on campus. The kids have not been able to register an official complaint to the headmaster, who was unavailable when the incident occurred.
The pupils are intending to make an official complaint at the nearby police station. They say their chances of applying for recruitment into any of the security forces seem to be doomed because the marks on their bodies may prevent them from clearing the body check part of the recruitment procedure.
The Human Rights Reporters Ghana is worried by the behaviour of the educators and is demanding for prompt action by the Ghana Police and the Ghana Education Service.