Final year students of Kanton SHS expelled for swimming in Burkina Faso without permit

Eighty-seven final year students of the Kanton Senior High Secondary Schoolin the Upper West Region have been expelled from the campus for allegedly going to Burkina Faso to engage in swimming.

The 87 affected students are to stay in the Tumu town and write the West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), exams for disobeying school regulations.

Headmaster of the school, Johnson Sarboh said the directive was intended to put discipline in the students’ body.

Speaking to Joy News on the telephone, Mr. Johnson Sarboh said a roll call conducted Friday, April 5, 2013, revealed that 87 of the students were out of the campus, adding some had traveled to other parts of the country while others also traveled to neighboring Burkina Faso without permission, to engage in swimming.

Mr. Sarboh said the act is not a dismissal of the students but intended to put discipline within the students’ body.

“Those students that were swimming if any of them got drowned who would have been responsible. We are saying that if they cannot stay within the school premises, it is better for them to stay somewhere and come and write the exams.

I cannot be a watchman chasing students up and down. This action we have taken will serve as a deterrent for the rest of the students who are on campus,” he added.

It will be recalled that over four hundred final year students from the Kumasi Girl’s Senior High School and over nine hundred students from the Northern School of Business in Tamale, were also expelled from their respective schools for leaving campus during the Easter period without permit.