SHS students are now armed in classrooms.


The Pupils Representative Council (SRCAshanti )'s Regional Coordinator, Raphael Sarkodie, has disclosed that students in senior high schools bring guns to class. 

He claimed that Ghanaian children routinely experience the negative effects of illicit gun use, noting that the problem has spread to school sporting events. 

He said that some of these weapons include pins, cutlasses, and daggers. 

Sarkodie claimed that pupils nowadays are brilliant for all the wrong reasons, a scenario that needs to be checked, in an interview with Kumasi-based Ultimate FM. 

His remarks follow the arrest of three Opoku Ware School (OWASS) SHS students for a robbery that occurred in Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region. 

The robbery took place on August 12, 2022, a Friday. 

The three students, who ranged in age from 17 to 19, were unsuccessful in their effort to steal a taxi from its driver on Friday night, according to the Ashanti Central Divisional Command. 

According to reports, the driver picked up the suspects in the Santasi neighborhood. 

According to the report, the passengers claimed they needed his services to get to the Lancaster Kumasi City, formerly known as the Golden Tulip Hotel, in the Nhyiaeso district. 

They threatened to stab the taxi driver if he didn't turn over the ignition key when they arrived in the Rattray Park neighborhood. 

When the automobile struck a wall not far from the Ridge Police Station and the Royal Golf Park Junction while the driver wrestled with them, witnesses from a local club intervened to help the taxi driver. 

One of the students fled but was later apprehended, while two of the pupils were detained and turned over to the police. 

Sarkodie, the SRC Coordinator, responded to the news by saying, "The schools conduct rigorous searches before pupils arrive, and during the searches, many items, including many weapons, are seized. 

"I was personally at the gate when we held soccer matches at Obuasi, and we took a number of weapons from students who were entering. So sure, students occasionally have these on account of factionalism or rivalry because they have some issues, and they utilize them when necessary." 

"School authorities are trying to be as vigilant as they can be," he continued. "I know of schools where such extensive searches are done on a regular basis, and I know of OWASS, where periodic searches are conducted on students, surprise searches."


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