The Management of the Atebubu College of Education has refuted the allegation that students have been sacked for refusing to buy their own teaching and learning materials like furniture.
“The College has not imposed on any students to buy teaching and learning materials for any academic purpose because it has enough table and chairs to suffice for even extra curriculum activities”.
“Management of the College collectively with the Student Representative Council (SRC) has procured about 500 new desks this academic year”, he stressed.
Mr Nyarko, therefore, described as false the claim that Management had refused to admit students to their halls of residence because of their inability to bring furniture to the school.
“Management wants to assure the general public and all stakeholders that no student has been sacked for failing to submit a plastic chair to the College”, he emphasised.
Mr Nyarko explained in March this year, the SRC informed Management that they wanted to donate plastic chairs to the College to be used for social events to limit the movement of chairs from the classrooms each time there was a programme at the auditorium.
He said initially Management thought the SRC was going to buy the chairs from their dues as it had been the case usually in all their projects.
But further enquiry showed they were going to ask the students to donate a plastic chair each, Mr Nyarko said, adding because of that Management advised the SRC to discuss the proposed initiative with the students and bring feedback.
In April this year he continued, the leadership of SRC informed Management the students had agreed to that proposal and would bring the plastic chairs at the start of the second semester.
“On Sunday, May 29, the day the level 100 students were expected to resume the second semester, Management was informed that the SRC had instructed Hall Presidents to inspect and collect plastic chairs from the students before handing over students’ mattresses to them”, he stated.
Mr Nyarko said, “when I heard it, I immediately called the SRC leadership to stop the inspection and collection of the chairs because Management had not sanctioned such exercise and the Hall Masters confirmed it had been halted and no student had been asked to return home”.
During a tour of the College, the GNA observed there was no tension on the campus and the level 100 students were there for their normal academic work.