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Saboba: Headmaster of pupils who drowned in River Oti remanded into prison custody

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A Tamale District Court on Monday, 15 November 2020, remanded Jashain Emmanuel, Headteacher of the nine Junior High School (JHS) pupils who drowned in the Oti River, into Prison Custody.

The 43-year-old headteacher of the St Charles Lwanga R/C JHS in Saboba has been charged with manslaughter.

Lawyer for the accused had prayed the court to grant the headteacher bail, since he turned himself in to the Police himself, thus had no intentions of jumping bail if granted bail.

The court, however, declined him bail, remanding him into Police custody.

The headteacher is expected to reappear in court in on Monday, 29 November 2021.

HE was arrested by the Saboba Police in the Northern Region when he turned himself in.

The Headteacher, is alleged to have sent some 31 pupils of the school to harvest rice from his farm when the incident occurred.

A boat disaster in the Saboba District left eight JHS pupils drowned in River Oti.

The boat capsized.

There were about 30 pupils on the boat returning from the headteacher’s rice farm when the accident happened.

Some 20 of them swam ashore.

Meanwhile, Tthe General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has said he is hopeful the police investigations into the death of the nine students who drowned over the weekend while returning from a farm belonging to their headteacher will birth some guidelines from the Ghana Education Service (GES) on the use of children by their teachers for private gains.

GNAT General Secretary, Mr Thomas Musah speaking in ‘Ghana Yensom’ morning show on Accra 100.5FM said the police’s investigation report on the matter will inform the relationship between students and teachers are school.

He said even though there are clear-cut guidelines on contact hours and co-curriculum activities that of working hours and working relations between students and teachers have been missing over the years.

He appealed to the family of the deceased to remain calm while the police conduct their investigations into the matter

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