A student of the Kumasi Girls SHS (name withheld) has shared a story of starvation at the school over the past week, saying that students are forced to take their own food to the dining hall.
Students of Kumasi Girls SHS and St Louis went on rampage on Monday after which a joint police-military team went to the schools to calm the situation.
Per what led to the rampage, the student said there was inadequate food to sustain the students so they wanted to go home to get some provisions.
She revealed that students have had to take their sugar and bread to the dining hall for breakfast, adding 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 own bread and sugar so we wanted to go home and bring provisions,” she lamented.
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.
“Some of my 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”.
Meanwhile, the police have denied assaulting the students, but the student said “the police are lying. We were beaten.”
Commenting on the incident, the Executive Director of the Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare 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.”