The Ashanti Regional Police Command has denied reports that its officers assaulted some students who were protesting over the cancellation of their mid-term break by the Ghana Education Service.
The officers were reportedly called into a protest by students of St. Louis SHS and Kumasi Girls who were angry over the midterm cancellation.
However, in a statement, the police said the “stories and videos are false, unfortunate and a fabrication to bring the Police Service into disrepute and we condemn this action in no uncertain terms.”
The police also said the Military was not involved in calming the protests as had been alleged by some students.
“The only Military Officers who were present at Kumasi Girls Secondary School were part of a joint patrol team who were close to the school and had gone there to verify what was happening.”
The students were protesting over the decision not to allow final year SHS students to go home for the mid-semester break as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Ghana Education Service rescinded an earlier directive for final year Senior High School students to go home for a six-day mid-semester break.
A similar protest took place at the St. Louis Senior High School, also in Kumasi.
“In both cases, the Police were able to persuade the students to return to their dormitories and calm was restored in both Schools thereafter,” the police noted in the statement.
The police also accused some media houses of having published “false stories” with respect to the claims.
“The Command would be grateful if you go back to the Schools and ascertain the true facts,” the statement noted.
“We are also aware of some false videos purported to be that of the incident and advice the publishers to take these down or else, the Command shall subject them to strict proof and failing, we shall take the necessary actions available.”
Read full statement below.