Prempeh College has been on the limelight for all the right reasons until recently when a video of the college's assistant headteacher punishing students surfaced online. The video showing the teacher lashing students sent social media into a frenzy with everyone questioning the move. Get all the juice in this story here.
Ghana Education Service has more than one occasion affirmed its stand against canning in school. It emphatically banned all forms of corporal punishment, which in most cases turn out to be abuse of students in the lower secondary and primary levels of education, in Ghana.
Some people argue, that in spite of the ban, things done to Ghanaian students in the name of punishment is neither justifiable nor fit into the confines of a reasonable corrective action. Teachers put students through barbaric punishments with the excuse of seeking to correct them. Instead, the student ends up hurt.
These absurd punishments were directed towards secondary and primary students. However, recently, an alleged assistant headteacher was seen in a video ferociously punishing college students from Prempeh College in Kumasiall. The said person, Mr. Gyimah is seen whipping students on their backs, while others are kneeling as they await for their turn to be whipped.
The video has left parents, students and concerned Ghanians wondering the audacity of the said administrator. If this is how a school administrator is treating his students, and abuses the ban against corporal punishment set by Ghana education Service (GES), how will he ensure that the other teachers abide by the rules set by GES, against corporal punishment?
The video has rubbed on people differently. Some Ghanaian netizens feel that the actions taken by the teacher are unwarranted, while others think that the teacher is justified. This is enough reason for the country to have a sit down on this matter and decide the best way to deal with students who flout the rules. The same should also be done for teachers who ignore rules set by Ghana Education Service.
The Prempeh College punishment video has raised a crucial debate that should be dealt with immediate urgency. Is it time for Ghana to start creating laws that they can obey? Laws that favor them and ensure their quality of good life. Well, only Ghanains can decide.