Teachers of Methodist Primary A and B, Holy Child Preparatory, Saviour Primary School and Methodist Junior High A and B in Fawohoyeden, a farming community in the Asunafo North Municipality of the Brong Ahafo Region, are threatening to boycott classes and other teaching related activities if authorities fail to beef up security in the area to protect life and property.
The threat comes in the wake of constant attacks meted out to them on daily basis by notorious armed robbers terrorizing them in the area, virtually holding residents hostage. The frequent robbery attacks according to the residents, have increased insecurity in the community and its environs, compelling the teachers to issue the warning.
Speaking to Citi News on condition of anonymity, a victim and a spokesperson for the aggrieved teachers confirmed the attacks, and explained that in 2017 alone, they have suffered seven robberies, and just yesterday [Tuesday], two female teachers were robbed at gunpoint on their way to school.
“In my case, I was in my room, a self-contained apartment and I opened the main door for fresh air. I was there and the person just entered and my phone was in my bag and he took it and run away. I shouted and by the time help came, he was already gone.
Just yesterday [Tuesday], they attacked two of our colleagues on their way to school around 7:30am, two boys with their faces covered and wielding guns and they asked them to surrender their phones”.
“In fact, we are living in fear because we are strangers in the community. I’m scared and could not sleep the whole night. I want to leave. I’m not willing to be here again. I know what they are capable of doing”, he lamented.
The frightened teachers blamed the community members of shielding and protecting the culprits because they were their family members. “I described the culprit, but the community members refused to give me the name to enable me to file a formal complaint to my superiors and the police”.
The teachers are therefore calling on government and the assembly to improve security in the area to save the community from missing out on the country’s educational development due to the operations of armed robbers. The incident, according to them, has been reported to the police and educational authorities for investigations. –