Bright SHS And The Role of Traditional Authorities In Our Education

Bright SHS And The Role of Traditional Authorities Bright SHS And The Role of Traditional Authorities

To say that the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council is over reaching it boundaries is to state the obvious.

The recent disturbance at the Bright Senior High School (SHS), which led to violent attacks on invigilators and a journalist during the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), has attracted widespread condemnation from Ghanaians from all walks of life.

This is rightly so, because many saw it as an upfront and aberration, coming from the future leaders of this country, whose only reason is because the invigilators, and staff of the Ghana Education Service (GES), were being too strict on the WASSCE candidates.

Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council, has waded into the examination malpractice at Bright Senior High School located at Kukurantumi in the Eastern Region, with a litany of claims, including bribery, sexual abuses, dishonesty among others, which according to the council amount to corrupting the minds of the young people.

The council described the private school as a filthy temple of indecency and corruption, and demanded that the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, ensure "the closure of the Bright Senior High School with immediate effect".

This tendency, we believe, brings to the fore a crisis of sorts with our moral code as a society. This is unlike in the past when children were mindful of reprimands from their parents, teachers, as well as family members if they engage in any acts that will bring disgrace to the family and their institutions of learning. Today, we live in a world, where we would rather spoil the child and spare the rod.

As a newspaper we are appalled by the behavior of the students and align ourselves with many Ghanaians in condemning the violent act, however, it is also important to note in our view that, the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council, has no businesses in ordering the closure of the school.

Granted that what was alleged in the video that went viral really took place and the fact that it was replicated in other parts of the country and should not be condoned for any reason, it will be hasty to call for the closure of a school, because of the behavior of some few bad nuts.

While the role of our traditional authorities in ensuring peace and order cannot be overemphasized, we also believe that certain decisions that fly in the face of the Constitution must not be taken by them.