About 40 basics schools in the Banda-Ahenkro township in the Brong-Ahafo region, following threats of xenophobic attacks by an unnamed group in the community.
The group, calling itself the Concerned Members of Banda Ahenkro released threatening letters of attacks on people they considered 'strangers' to the district that had come to take over their jobs.
The headmaster of the Banda RC Basic School, Jones Agyemang confirmed the closure which was a directive from the Ghana Education Service.
"We forwarded these letters to our Directors and they gave us the ultimatum that those who feel they are not secured can leave and another came from the Director General(GES) that we should all leave the place and close down all the schools in the district.
So we also complied with what the Director General said and we have to leave the place with immediate effect as they put it. And also GNAT also gave us the order to leave the town with immediate effect, that’s why all the people are fleeing from the place," he said.
Meanwhile, ACP Sebastien Atsu Wemengah, the Wenchi Divisional Police Commander has said police personnel have been deployed to the Banda-Ahenkro district to prevent any possible attacks.
Speaking to Citi News, ACP Wemengah said, "I went there with my team and we assessed the ground. We have the police on the ground and we have even reinforced the police, both day and night patrols, and we have put in the plain clothes people to gather intelligence for us… We have asked that they enforce the day and night patrols effectively so that the so-called strangers can be reassured and have confidence in the security."