Bimbilla schools re-open after violent clashes

Basic and second cycle schools in Bimbilla in the Nanumba north district of the Northern region, have resumed school after a week-long break following the chieftaincy conflict that broke out in the area.

Lives and property were lost and many got injured. Basic and second cycle schools in the area closed after violent clashes in the Township that left at least 10 dead.

The situation in Bimbilla is gradually improving, as people are seen going about their normal business. A visit by Citi News to some schools in the Bimbilla Township, saw some teachers busily teaching, though the number of students were not encouraging.

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The Assistant Headmaster of one of the schools, attempted an explanation why the numbers were so.

“There is still insecurity in the town that is still holding the students. Some parents have also left the town because of the conflict and so the children themselves are not very certain; and even gathering together in schools, they still have the fears that something might happen. I am sure that is the reason why we don’t have a good number in school. I am the assistant headmaster, and I cannot guarantee the safety of both the master and students, what happened the last time, nobody expected it to happen; and so we cannot be sure that nothing will happen again,” he said.

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The Assistant Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES) in charge of Finance and Administration, W.K Fuseini, said the directorate will be visiting some of the schools, to plead with parents to encourage their wards to go to school.

“I think what we are presently doing is that, we are trying to go around the schools to talk to the teachers, and also get some of the parents to talk to them about the need to let their wards come back to school, because as at now, the situation is calm, people are going to their farms, and stores are opened and everybody is going about their activities.”

“So we are doing all that we can,  because there is heavy security on the ground, and we hope that with the security nothing will happen again.”

By: Mohammed Aminu M. Alabira/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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