The biggest and first Senior High School in the West Gonja Municipal Assembly, Damongo SHS (DASS) has been experiencing constant robbery attacks for sometime now due to the lack of proper fence wall to prevent these criminals from gaining access to the school's properties.
Located in between Alhassankura and YRA, the school is a route for some farmers, Fulani herdsmen, criminals and the public. One can enter the school from any of the four (4) corners; the North, South, East and West. Whilst this route may be the surest and shortest way to some genuine users, others use it for ill motives.
The criminals come in this situation, come to survey during day time and return for their operations at night.
Security wise, the school lacks strict security protocols at the main entrance (the East). For the North, South and West, there is no security post at all to carry out any partial questioning before allowing the people into the school's campus.
In the end the school's teachers, their lives and properties are always at the mercy of these good for nothing criminals.
Overtime, teachers who have been victims of the burglary attack include; Chief Yakubu Jarga (The Damongo Youth Chief), Hon Ayuba Seidu (Assistant Headmaster, Domestic), Salia Munkaila, Daniel Jakala and Madam Saratu Hassan, who recently got her second attack on Thursday 11th June 2020.
The staff common room was also burgled earlier this year.
Mostly, items that are normally burgled include flat screen TVs, decoders, mobile phones, computer/labtops, cash and other personal valuables.
This misconduct by the criminals, has put constant fears into the teaching and non teaching staff of the school.
To the experts, all these happen because the school has no proper fence wall.
Apart from the rampant burglary on campus due to the lack of fence wall, students also move in and out of campus anytime they feel like doing so since the school has over 1,500 students. This affects academic work and promote indiscipline among the student body.
DASS needs a fence wall urgently. The school is one of the few biggest institutions, if any at all, in the five (5) regions of the northern zone without a fence wall.
The school can proud itself of producing some prominent and first-class administrators and entrepreneurs in the country. The time to assist "your Alma mater" is now.
Stakeholders such as the PTA, Board of Governors, Old students, Getfund, central government, NGOs and individuals in good standing, should come to Damongo SHS and help get a fence wall for the welfare of students and teachers alike and to also, place DASS at it's right level.
A Senior High School like DASS must not operate without a fence wall.
Established in 1971 with the motto 'Knowledge and Service', the school deserves better from all stakeholders than we are seeing today.
Rise up and save Damongo SHS.
By: Abdulai Zulkaninu
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