- Police say students who drowned in Saboba accident were not BECE candidates
- According to the Saboba District Police Commander, DSP Shine Zoiku, they were Form 1 and 2 students
- He added that the deceased were all males, aged between 16 and 22
The police in Saboba have revealed that the nine pupils of Lwanga R/C JHS who drowned in the river were not candidates for the 2021 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
According to a report filed by 3news.com.gh, the police stated that all 31 pupils who were sent to the farm were Form 1 and Form 2 students and not final year students.
The report added that none of them would have written this year’s BECE, which started today, November 15, 2021.
The Saboba District Police Commander, DSP Shine Zoiku, explained that “they were Form 1 and Form 2 pupils, so they were not BECE candidates as it is being reported”.
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He added that the deceased were all males, aged between 16 and 22.
According to DSP Zoiku, all the survivors were also male.
He further explained that the school authorities said they were not aware of the headteacher's decision to engage the students in farming activities.
DSP said the children used three canoes and were racing on the river. He added that the first canoe crossed successfully but while the other two were racing on the river, the canoe at the back hit the one in front, forcing it to capsize.
All nine occupants of the canoe drowned.
Students drown after boat capsized in Saboba
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that seven people believed to be candidates of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) have reportedly died after a boat carrying them capsized.
The boat which capsized was crossing a river at Saboba in the Northern Region.
Information from the police in Saboba indicates that the victims were returning from their head teacher’s rice farm when the incident happened.
The deceased were among some 10 students crossing from Dutuin after helping their headteacher work on his farmland.
The seven bodies have since been retrieved and will be deposited at the Yendi Government Hospital.
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