A Ghanaian Soldier, Warrant Officer Adu-Bekoe, together with his colleagues, stormed the Benkum Senior High Secondary School at Larteh in the Eastern Region of Ghana on Friday, where they beat up a teacher for allegedly slapping his son who is a student at the school.
According to another teacher who witnessed the incident, “at around 5:00pm on Friday, W/O Adu-Bekoe in the company of other two military officers all in green camouflage, came to the school with a taxi cab, and all three headed straight to the headmaster’s office.
“After a short while, I sighted one of the military men and W/O Adu-Bekoe holding and dragging Mr. Kwadwo Darko the maths teacher by the waist of his trousers, they hit him as they dragged him along so I hurriedly called in some of the teachers to help intervene.”
“The maths teacher who also functions on the Prep Committee of the school had his shirt all torn and a serious argument ensued between the teachers and the military men, but police personnel from both Larteh and Akropong arrived to control the situation at around 6:00pm. ”
Modern Ghana reports that it is yet unclear what caused the Mathematics teacher to slap the Ghanaian soldier’s son. But according to reports, the boy, Samuel Odei, who is a final year student and a school basketball player, called his father and informed him of the incident and how the teacher had slapped him. Within two hours, the Officer Adu-Bekoe was in the school with two other military colleagues in uniforms to assault the maths teacher.
The incident caused tension in the school as the other teachers couldn’t take the molestation of their colleagues anymore and confronted the soldiers. But for the timely intervention of the Larteh and Akropong Police, the situation would have gotten out of hand.
Incidents of students taking advantage of their highly placed relatives abound. Early this year, teachers of a government secondary school in Calabar protested the molestation of their colleagues by DSS conscripted by the parents of a student. But in Enugu, it was the other way round as a primary school apologised to the state government after a teacher threatened pupils with armed police.