Two Tamale high schools closed down over riots


The Ghana Senior High School (GHANASCO) and the Vitting Senior High School (SHS) in the Tamale Metropolis have been closed down indefinitely, following riots between students of the two schools.

The two schools are only separated by a road and the riots erupted during a football match between the schools on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the GHANASCO School Park.

The Northern Regional Director of Education, Alhaji Mohammed Haroon, who confirmed this to the Daily Graphic, said the decision was taken to prevent any reprisal attacks.

He said three students had also been arrested in connection with the riots.

Alhaji Haroon said, however, that final year students who were preparing to write their final examination had been asked to stay on while the rest had been asked to go home.

Eyewitness account

Sources told the Daily Graphic that during a football match between the two schools, a penalty was awarded to GHANASCO.

The source said the coach of the GHANASCO football team from nowhere came onto the field and slapped a student from Vitting which resulted in a free-for-all fight between students of the two schools.

The students were dispersed, but in the evening, some students from the Vitting SHS went to the GHANASCO School Park for athletics training and the GHANASCO coach allegedly asked his boys to lock up the Vitting students and subjected them to beatings.

This action by the students of GHANASCO did not go down well with students of Vitting who also decided to retaliate, which compelled the regional directorate to close down the two schools.



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