- 'Angry' Damongo SHS headmaster burns over 300 mobile phones of students after 'poor' WASSCE results
- The School authorities have threatened to expel students caught with any mobile device on campus
The headmaster of Damongo Senior High School in the Northern Region, has burnt into ashes about 300 mobile phones seized from students.
The huge number of mobile phones together with other electronic devices were seized from the students after a raid was carried out by teachers and Senior House Masters during in a crucial exercise.
According to Starrfmonline.com report, the decision of the school authorities were taken during an emergency staff meeting on Thursday after the students performed poorly at the recently released WASSCE exams.
The headmaster of the school, Alhaji Harrison, who has been angered by the performance of the school in the WASSCE exams has also threatened to expel any student caught with mobile phone.
Further reports indicate that authorities of the school have over the years complained bitterly about the rampant use of mobile gadgets by students on campus and even during class hours.
However, the headmaster after issuing several warnings, decided to carry out the search, where about 300 mobile phones were seized and burnt, as part of measures to discourage the use of mobile phones in the school.
The school authorities have also blamed the alarming rate of indiscipline among students on campus on the use of mobile devices.
Meanwhile, concerned teacher of the school who spoke to Starr News emphasized that majority of the phones were seized from the students during preps period.
The teacher further lamented that the recently released WASSCE results is a clear indication that the school’s performance is declining.
The Damango SHS which over the years used to be in the category A section in the records of the West Africa Examination Council, has now dropped to category C.
“It is sad for us as school authorities. Students now spend more time on phones than their books and studies, especially female students who virtually spend all night making and receiving calls from their lovers,” the teacher said.
Meanwhile, some of the students whose phones were seized and destroyed have described the exercise by the school authorities as ‘harsh and wicked’.
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