Dwamena Akenten school authorities deny exeat refusal led to student’s death
The management of Dwamena Akenten Senior High School in the Ashanti Region have denied claims that they refused to grant a sick student exeat, which led to his death.
Students accused the Senior House Master, Andrew Agyemang, of allegedly refusing to grant the ill second-year student permission to go home to seek medical attention.
According to them, the deceased complained of ill health on Sunday, February 9, 2020, but the senior housemaster refused his request to go home for treatment.
But Mr Agyeman insisted the claims were false.
“The allegation that we denied him exeat is neither here nor there. We’re parents; we’ll not allow the students to die whiles we are not doctors.
“We’ve even been advising them that anytime you feel uncomfortable, come and report so that we give you exeat and you go… So what they’re saying is never true,” the Senior House Master said.
The deceased, a General Arts student whose name is yet to be made public, was found on his dormitory floor after school hours, one of his colleagues told Starr FM in an interview.
He was reportedly rushed to the St. Patrick’s hospital by some of the teachers, where he was pronounced dead on Tuesday, February 11, 2020
The station’s Ashanti Regional correspondent, Isaac Bediako, reported that the student vomited blood and eased on himself before his demise.
Angered by the incident, some students have accused the school authorities of feet dragging in dealing with emergency cases.
According to them, the school authorities always failed to transport sick students to the hospital, leaving colleague students to rush to town for taxis to convey the sick to the hospital for medical attention.
They have threatened to demonstrate against school authorities over their reluctance in attending to their urgent needs.