SOME STUDENTS of the Mampong Midwifery and Health Assistants School were allegedly forced to kneel before Mohammed Kwadwo Aboasu, MCE of Asante Mampong, for drawing the attention of the President to their plight.
The MCE reportedly ordered the fear-stricken students to kneel before him as a form of punishment for what was described as offensive and unethical behaviour.
The students were said to have openly complained bitterly over their unpaid allowances to President John Mahama who had visited the area to inspect government projects on Saturday.
The nursing trainees also stood by the roadside displaying placards which had inscriptions that appealed to the President to come to their aid because they were suffering.
The peaceful protest embarked upon by the nursing trainees was said to have caught the eyes of the President and his entourage including the MCE whose convoy was passing by.
The MCE, who deemed the students’ action as insulting and offensive, therefore decided to show them where power lies, and therefore ordered them to go down on their knees after the President had left the area.
Commenting on the issue on Kessben FM, however, the MCE, Mohammed Kwadwo Aboasu, flatly denied ordering the students to kneel before him as a form of punishment over their protest to the President.
According to him, whilst the President’s convoy was passing by, he saw some students of the nursing school holding placards with inscriptions such as ‘We need our allowance.’
The Mampong MCE stated that the students’ action was unfortunate so he stormed the school after the President had left to admonish them not to repeat the act in future.
Mr Aboasu said he only told the students to report matters concerning their welfare to their school authorities in future, adding, ‘I did not let them kneel down as it is being bandied about.’
There were speculations with regard to the fate of the nursing trainees who were caught taking part in the demonstration.
Reports making the rounds indicated that the school authorities had suspended the affected students indefinitely.
Other reports said the school authorities had ordered the parents of the students that took part in the peaceful demonstration to appear before them.
Unconfirmed reports indicated further that the students would be ordered to sign a bond to be of good behaviour in future, else they would be sacked.
The NDC government owed them monthly arrears running into several months with plans to abolish the trainee allowance all together by next academic year.
Similar allowances for trainee teachers had been stopped for inexplicable reasons.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi
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