Proprietor Arrested in Tamale for Failing to Register Pupils for the B.E.C.E

By Suweiba Yakubu

The Northern Regional Police Command has arrested the Proprietor of the Prince of Peace Academy, a private Junior High School in Tamale for allegedly spending the registration fees of about 50 students.

The 28 year old proprietor, Sulemana Saeed was arrested on Monday June 4th, 2018, after he had spent huge sums of money paid to him by students of his institution as part of preparations for the Basic Education Certificate Examination(B.E.C.E), which began yesterday, June 4th, 2018.

According to the police in Tamale, about 151 students were registered to take part in the B.E.CE from the school this year and that on arrival at the Northern School of Business Senior High School (SHS), which is the school’s examination center, 76 of them could not find their index number hence, denying them of taking part in the first two papers of the exams.

The police said Mr. Saeed is also said to have charged the students more than the normal registration fees, since some paid as much as GHC500 and GHC400 cedis each.

Meanwhile some of the students who spoke to Sanatu Zambang in an interview said of the 151 students who had been registered for the exams, 76 of them could not find their index numbers when they reached the exam hall.

According to them, only four of their colleagues had found their index numbers with the remaining 71 students coming from different schools.

One of the students, Seidu Rashida who could not control her tears said she was made to pay an amount of GHC 500 as her registration fee, and that she did not know what to tell her mother.

” I already suspected such a thing because yesterday I visited the center with my mother and when I checked, my name was not found. Later some of my friends came and also realized the same thing and when we contacted the proprietor, he told us not to worry and that he would work out everything only for us to come today and realize that, we will not write the papers,” She said.

Nadia Mohammed, a parent to one of the pupils on her part said she had paid GHC 300 and that, she nearly collapsed when her daughter called her and informed her about what had happened.

 She appealed to the police to look into the matter fast, so as to enable the students take part in the B.E.CE exams.

Some of the students also accused the teacher of assaulting them sexually saying ” He told me he was in love with me, and that I should allow him marry me so that he can provide everything I need,” one of them said.

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