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Mampong Technical College closed down after mass failures in elective maths

The Mampong Technical College of Education in the Ashanti region has been closed down over fears that more than 200 students who failed Elective Maths may be planning to burn down the school.

The students risk being sacked after they failed the compulsory paper and also failed to take advantage of a re-sit opportunity.

In response, the students went on a rampage Monday. Some threw stones at school facilities destroying 19 Louvre blades.

One student has been arrested, Ashanti regional correspondent Erastus Asare Donkor told Joy News.

School authorities also picked up intelligence, the angry students were planning to set the school buses on fire.
Police advised the school authorities to close down the school, a recommendation which was promptly adhered to. The school was closed Monday.

The students were under the impression that the Elective Maths course was not mandatory and that they had option of choosing and sitting courses in General and Technical subjects.

But the University of Cape Coast to which the College of Education is affiliated had scrapped the options available to the students and made Elective Mathematics a compulsory course.

Failure required that the students re-sit the paper or repeat their Level. About 261 students did not re-sit the paper when the opportunity came.

The rule governing examination is that “you don’t carry a referral from one level to another level” a school exams administrator Francis told Joy News.

The students do not understand why they are being compelled to do Elective Maths when they had pysched themselves to pursue the General Courses

Faced with the prospect of getting sacked, the students violently protested leading to the closure of the school.