The Education Ministry and the Ghana Education Service have been offering a psycho-social counselling service to all the students involved in the recent bullying incident at Adisadel College in Cape Coast.
The move is geared towards making sure that all the seven final-year students involved in the incident had the right frame of mind to prepare for their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) scheduled to start next week.
Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, Deputy Minister of Education, in charge of General Education, who disclosed this on Thursday said, the Psychologists who have been engaging the students would be with them for some time until they realize that they were okay.
He was addressing the students of Adisadel College on Thursday when he led a delegation from the Education Ministry and the Ghana Education Service to the school.
The delegation first met the school’s management, the counsellors and the seven students involved, the student body and later met the teaching and non-teaching staff.
Break the culture of silence
“This incident should lead to a change in the culture of silence in schools which makes it very difficult for students to report issues concerning them to their school authorities for fear of being intimidated”. Rev. Ntim Fordjour said.
He advised the students in the country to learn something from the bullying incident at Adisadel and make sure never again in the history of the country should any school record any such event and rather aim high to set excellent academic records for the school.
Rev. Ntim Fordjour reminded the students to be mindful of the need to be law-abiding and desist from practices which stood the chance of bringing them face-to-face with the laws of the country.
“We are here to encourage you to study hard, do not let the recent incident frighten you. Put it behind you and think about what the future hold for you”. He said.
The Deputy Minster reminded the students of the need to remain focused on their studies so they could excel in the upcoming examination.