A Senior Housemaster at Dwamena Akenten Senior High School in the Offinso Municipality of the Ashanti Region has refuted claims that his denial of an exeat for a sick form two (2) student led to the child’s death.
The second-year General Arts student allegedly requested for an exeat from the Senior House Master to go home for medical treatment on Sunday, 9 February 2020 but was denied permission.
One of the students told Accra-based Starr Fm that their colleague was found dead in the dormitory after school hours on Tuesday, 11 February 2020.
However, according to Andrew Agyemang, the claims are not ‘here or there’ because he, together with another housemaster quickly rushed the student to the hospital once they detected he was in a bad condition.
Contrary to claims that the student died in the school, Mr Agyemang indicated that he was rather pronounced dead on reaching the hospital.
“We are always here 24 hours checking on the students, knowing their whereabouts. We’ve been telling them that when they sick, they should seek permission. Even if the housemaster is not around, as a senior housemaster, I can guarantee you to go to the hospital. They have their health insurance with them, I even informed the security that if a student comes with the health insurance and they are sick, he should let him or her go to hospital so the allegation that we denied him an exeat is never here nor there because we are parents, we will not allow the student to die whiles we are not doctors,” the Senior Housemaster said.
“In this case, we found him at the dormitory in the afternoon where we saw that the condition wasn’t good so we decided that we will take him to the hospital then I called one of the house masters and we took the school bus and took him to the St Patricks hospital so what they are saying is never so. When we were going, we can’t detect that he was dead because I am not a doctor so unless the doctor who can detect that the child is dead or alive so he was pronounced dead on arrival over there. The student was pronounced dead on arrival at the St Patrick’s hospital,” he added.
According to him, the family of the deceased have been engaged ‘and the issue has been resolved.”