GBHS Santa Student strike over strict School rules

Students of GBHS Santa infront of Administrative Block

 

Classes came to a halt at Government Bilingual High School (GBHS) Santa in the morning period of Thursday February 2, 2012 when students from almost all the classes and sections of the school went on the rampage, destroying parts of the walls that surround the school and creating providing unrestricted access into and out of the school compound.

 

The D.O of Santa and Principal addressing the students

 

Part of school wall damaged and named "Star Gate"

The students said they were protesting against the harsh disciplinary measures of the school and the banning by the school administration of prayers in the school campus. Some gathered around the school administrative block demanding the school authorities present to them the Second vice Principal Nkou Dogo whom they accused of being the strict enforcer of the school rules and regulation

 

Despite the arrival of three elements of the gendarmerie brigade Santa, this seems not to have dissuaded the students to back down from their demands. It took the intervention of the Divisional Officer for Santa Diyen Jam Lawrence to persuade the student to assemble at the school ceremonial ground.

 

The D.O started his address by inviting two students to pray, one Christian and one Moslem. He promised to look into their grievances and invited the student’s representatives, the school administration and all discipline and senior discipline master for a close door meeting in his office.

 

The situation at GBHS Santa has calmed down with school life back to normal. There is general panic in the school as there are rumours circulating about that, heavy sanctions await the ring leaders of the strict action.

 

Opinion amongst staff members of the school is divided. Some condemn the act of the VP banning prayers in school without the approval of the principal while others say it was justified because some teachers from some Pentecostal denominations were already turning their classes into churches.

 

A student who spoke to Bamendaonline.net on condition of anonymity said the strict had other undertones. He said some members of staff had incited the students to action as a means to break what they described as VP Dogo’s heavy influence in the school and administration.

By Abongwa Fozo

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