Students of the KNUST Senior High School have embarked on massive protests after one of their final year colleagues was abandoned to his death yesterday by teachers and authorities of the school over fears of COVID-19.
According to some students who spoke on Angel 102.9 FM’s Anopa Bofuor with Captain Smart, the housemaster upon seeing the sick student remarked that “these days because of COVID-19, such things are dangerous”, and entered his house never to come out again.
One of the students recounted that “the senior housemaster told his [the deceased boy’s] friends to leave him alone. He told them to sanitise their hands and asked them why they were holding the boy and gave them a plot to weed [as punishment].”
According to the headmistress who also spoke to Captain Smart, it turned out that the boy was actually suffering from stomach ulcer and not COVID-19 as suspected.
The death of the student has sparked violent protests in the school with students vandalizing the headmistress’ car and other valuable properties, prompting the presence of heavy police presence to calm down the agitated students.
Surprisingly, KNUST SHS is in the middle of two constituencies, meaning they have access to at least two ambulances, and a total of 5 health facilities which are very close to the school. Also, the school is in the same boundaries as The Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research (KCCR) where COVID-19 tests for the entire northern sector are carried out.