22 kids from an Islamic high school have been released from the hospital.
Twenty-two of the 38 pupils from the Ashanti Region’s Islamic Senior High School who were hospitalized on Monday after a student protest became violent has been released. The police were accused of using tear gas and firing live bullets at the students, injuring some and causing breathing problems in others.
Calm has returned to the school, according to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Education after Deputy Education Minister John Ntim Fordjour visited the school on Monday night. ‘All injured pupils are currently secure and responding to medical treatment,’ the statement added. “Of the 38 students admitted to the hospital, 22 have been discharged and have returned to campus,” he stated.
Following the commotion, the police service detained DCOP Kwesi Akomeah-Apraku, the deputy Ashanti Regional police commander, and two others. ACP George Ankomah, the Regional Operations Officer, and ACP Alex Cudjoe Acquah, the Suame Divisional Police Commander, are the other two officers.
The Senior High School Service issued a statement confirming this.
“Despite the fact that no one was hit by a bullet, the police response to the incident was inadequate and fell short of our standard operating procedure for crowd control,” said the police department.
“As a result, DCOP/Mr. Kwasi Akomeah Apraku, the Regional Police Commander, has been demoted from his current position.” Commander’s post has been taken away from him, and he has been detained. Two other officers, Regional Operations Officer ACP/Mr. George Ankomah and Suame Divisional Police Commander ACP/Mr. Alex Cudjoe Acquah has also been detained to allow for a thorough investigation into the event, according to the police statement.
The Police Professional Standards Bureau (PPSB) has launched a full-scale inquiry into the conduct of the officers responsible for the Police response, according to the statement.
The ministry has issued the following statement on the subject:
On Monday, June 13, 2022, the Ministry of Education was fully briefed on the sad occurrence that occurred on the premises of the Islamic Senior High School in Kumasi.
Hon Ntim Fordjour, Deputy Minister of Education, visited the affected students at various health facilities and addressed the entire student population on campus on behalf of Hon Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education. He was accompanied by the Ashanti Regional Director of Education, Mayor of Kumasi, and CHASS President. The Ministry of Education wishes to reassure the public that all of the pupils who have been impacted are responding well to medical treatment and are in good health.
Twenty-two (22) of the thirty-eight (38) pupils who were hospitalized have been released and have rejoined their classmates on campus. We want to reassure parents and guardians that their children will be safe and secure once full academic work begins on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.