Northern Region Schools in Bimbilla re-open after violent clashes

Over 10 people died and several others sustained injuries during gunfire exchanges in the town on Thursday, February 9, 2017, following the installation of a new sub-chief.

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Basic and second cycle schools in the Northern regional town of Bimbilla have resumed school after a week-long break following the chieftaincy clashes that broke out in the area.

Over 10 people died and several others sustained injuries during gunfire exchanges in the town on Thursday, February 9, 2017, following the installation of a new sub-chief.

play Ten people were killed in the Bimbilla clash

 

Basic and second cycle schools in the area were subsequently closed.

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However, calm has since been restored to the area as people are seen going about their trading activities.

Teachers have busily started teaching but the number of students is not encouraging.

The Assistant Director of Ghana Education Service in charge of Finance and Administration, Mr W K Fusheini has told Accra-based Citi FM that the directorate will be touring homes to encourage parents to send their wards back to school.

“I think what we are presently doing is that we are trying to go around the schools to talk to the teachers and also get some of the parents to talk to them about the need to let their wards come back to school, because as at now the situation is calm, people are going to their farms, stores are opened and everybody is going about their activities.”

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“So it is very important that school children also start going to school and that will even make people to know that the situation is calm but if they are still staying at home and schools are closed, that is where fear still come into people that there is still danger.

“So we doing all that we can because there is heavy security on the grounds and we hope that with the security nothing will happen again,” he said.

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