The student at Jachie Pramso SHS (JAPASS), who was allegedly assaulted by the school’s headmaster, is terrified, and she is concerned that the incident may influence her performance in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Mary, a 19-year-old final-year student who spoke on Akoma FM’s current affairs and political show GhanAkoma Tuesday, September 7 regrets that her headmaster lashed her with a cane without cause.
“Last week Thursday, we were in class and our headmaster was ready to penalize my colleague for dressing inappropriately, so I offered her my jacket to cover up her indecent dressing,” Mary told the show’s host Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin.
“He later came to the office and beat me mercilessly,” she narrated.
On social media, a video of cane markings on Mary’s back revealing how she was assaulted has been viral, a circumstance that several Ghanaians have termed as terrible.
The final-year student, who had been subjected to corporal punishment, revealed that she has acute aches in her back that made sitting difficult.
This makes it impossible for her to sit for the WASSCE’s subsequent papers.
“Now I can’t even concentrate and learn because I’ve been traumatized I have not been able to go to campus since the incident happened and I’m scared it might affect me.”
Meanwhile, Hannah Amponsah, the Ghana Education Service’s (GES) Ashanti Regional Coordinator for Girl Child Education, jumped into the conversation and called the incident unprofessional, urging the victim to report it to the district education office, which would then be reported to the regional level, where appropriate measures could be taken.
At the time of filing this article, the JAPASS Headmaster, Mr. Donkor, who has been accused of assaulting the student, had not presented his side of the story.
His cellphones have been turned off.