Agogo State College in the Asante Akyem North District of the Ashanti Region has been closed down following rioting by some students on Sunday.
The protest, which was led by female students has left several school property including school buses damaged.
So far reports available to Successafrica.info suggests that, 22 students are in police custody after they protested over water crisis and power cuts and in the process vandalized some school properties.
The students are reported to have destroyed the school’s streetlights, vandalized school buses, classrooms, assistant headmasters office, air conditioners among others.
Police officers were quickly deployed to maintain peace and order the the school’s premises.
Hon. Ernest Kojo Afari, the Asante Akyem North District Director of Education, on Monday revealed the decision to shut down the school to pave way for maintenance.
“As a result of the massive destruction that took place last night, it has become necessary to close down the school. The closure had become a necessary option for the following reasons: You destroyed all the streetlights; we need time to fix them. You destroyed plumbing installations, electricity transmissions have been interrupted. And all other things you have destroyed we need at least three to four days to fix them,” he said.
Chief Executive for the Asante Akyem North District, Francis Oti Boateng, as sighted by Successafrica.info news team told Citi News the District Security Council will hold a stakeholder meeting today [Monday] on the issue.
“By the grace of God, everything is under control. The students were agitating over their lights that went off around 10:00 pm and also about water shortages. We met them and explained to them that, even if they are facing challenges there are procedures to follow, but I can assure you that everything is under control,” he said.
The headmaster of the school said the incident occurred around 8:30pm when students were at Prep.
“Some of them went out and saw smoke coming out of one of the dormitories, so they alerted teachers and us together with students rushed to the scene. Others too called the Fire Service, so they rushed to the scene,” he narrated.
“Everything in the room got burnt including government textbooks, chop boxes, trunks, and a few cedis.”