Story: Yaw TAKYI
Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has stressed that bullying in schools belongs to the past and has no place in modern day.
He strongly condemned the manner in which second and third-year students in some senior high schools bullied the freshers, known in local parlance as “Homo”.
Dr Adutwum said such acts of indiscipline should not be tolerated in the 21st Century, rather, the right environment, devoid of intimidation, should be created for students to perform well academically.
The Education Minister indicated that such acts had led to some students being maimed, citing the recent case at the Konongo Odumase Senior High School where an alleged bullying had led to the death of a student.
Dr Adutwum expressed regret that bullying scenarios had been part of the school culture but the “time has come for us to end this because homo is a thing of the past”.
Speaking at a public lecture in Accra on Monday, November 8, 2021, on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education for socio-economic transformation, Dr Adutwum stressed that “we have to understand that we are each other’s keeper and we should not be oppressors of our brothers and sisters”.
The minister, therefore, urged students in schools to desist from those acts by creating “a welcoming atmosphere for each other in school and not to become oppressors; the time has come for us to end this “.
“That homo in schools is a relic of the past and it should not have space in this century; fresh
students who go to school should be treated like brothers and sisters and if you are in Form Two or Three you should be his or her keeper,” the minister charged students.
Dr Adutwum recounted how he had the sad occasion of talking to the parents of the deceased before the lecture, saying “it is a very sad moment indeed and a strong discipline regime should prevail in our schools”.
The minister expressed condolences to the bereaved family and said that the sector ministry would liaise with the law enforcement agencies to allow justice to prevail.
Touching on infrastructural development to enhance STEM for the socio-economic transformation of the country, Dr Adutwum stated that the sector ministry was building 11 model STEM, Senior High Schools (SHSs) across the country.
Each of the schools would be equipped with 12 laboratories that would be one of the best in the world.