A nine-member Government delegation led by the Deputy Minister for Education, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, on Monday commiserated with the Chiefs and families of the nine children who got drowned last Friday while returning from their Headmaster’s farm at Saboba.
Other members of the delegation were the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, the Northern Regional Police Commander, COP Timothy Yoosa Bonga, Regional Director of Education, Dr Peter Attafuah and a team of Clinical Physiologist and counsellors among others.
The team on Monday morning paid a courtesy call on the Paramount Chief of Saboba, Uchabobor Bawon Mateer Sakojim at his Palace.
After meeting the Paramount Chief and the traditional leaders of the area, the team also joined worshipers at the local Catholic Church where a special thanksgiving service was held for the nine departed children.
Rev. Ntim Fordjour and the rest of the delegation later met the believed families at the Saboba District Assembly conference hall where each of the believed families was presented with two thousand cedis.
The Deputy Education Minister announced that a team of Clinical psychologists and counsellors have been assigned to the community to help support the teachers, school children and relations of the nine dead students so they can cope with the situation.
The Director-General of GES, Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, pledged to collaborate with the traditional leaders to bring sanity and help improve teaching and learning in schools in the area.
He pledged to ensure that supervision in all schools across the country would be intensified to control any form of abuse to all school children irrespective of where they were located in the country.
The Paramount Chief of Saboba, Uchabobor Bawon Mateer Sakojim was full of praise to the Government for the support to the traditional authorities and the believed families.
He expressed the traditional authorities’ preparedness to put in place the right measures to bring sanity into schools in the area to curb the issue of headmasters and other teachers sending school children to farm during instructional hours.
The Paramount chief appealed to Government as a matter of urgency to overhaul activities at the Saboba District Education Directorate to help improve the educational development of the area.
Rev.Ntim Fordjour(left) addressing the Paramount Chief of Saboba during the courtesy call on him.
Last Friday, around 3 pm, 32 school children who were returning from the farm of the Headmaster of the St. Charles JHS, at Saboba got drowned when two of the boats carrying the children capsized.
Out of the 31 children, 22 of them were able to swim across the river while the remaining nine got drowned.
This led to the arrest of the Headmaster, Mr Charles Chinji, who has since been remanded into police custody pending further investigation and prosecution.
The Tamale Circuit court on Monday charged the Headmaster for murder and subsequently remanded him into police custody until 29th November 2021.
Rev.Ntim Fordjour(right)presenting cash to one of the parents while Prof Opoku Amankwa look on during the visit.