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18th March 2011, 08:51 PM
Twenty four students of the Holy Cross Technical Centre at Anaji in Takoradi have been suspended indefinitely for allegedly stealing a loaf of bread meant as breakfast for the principal of the school, who is a Reverend Brother.

Not even the soon to be written National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) Certificate One Examination could save the students from the wrath of the school authorities. The Principal of the school, Reverend Brother Kenneth Kuditani, was said to have left the loaf of bread on his breakfast table on February 16, 2011 but returned a few minutes later to find the bread missing.

In an angry mood, Rev. Kuditani was said to have stormed the third-year class of the school, screaming for his bread and warning the students of dire consequences if they did not own up or return the bread.

Narrating their ordeal to the Daily Graphic in Takoradi yesterday, the students (names withheld) said they were perplexed and had no idea of what the principal talked about. According to them, at the end of the day when the bread could not be found, the school authorities asked them to pack bag and baggage and go home indefinitely.

They said because none of them owned up and the bread could not be returned, the school authorities decided to mete out the maximum punishment to them, in spite of their forthcoming examination.
In their efforts to know the whereabouts of the bread or establish the veracity of the claim by the principal, the students said they went to the school matron to make enquiries.

They said they did everything possible to explain to the principal that they did not know who took the bread and that none of them had gone out of the classroom. But the school authorities refused to reason with them.

According to the students, they had paid their registration fees for the 2011 NVTI Certificate One Examination but for over a month they had been in the house doing nothing, while most of their academic work was practical in nature and required that they stay in school.
They said although only 17 students had been in class on the day of the incident, the punishment was extended to the remaining students.
When the Daily Graphic got to the school premises at Anaji in the Sekondi/Takoradi metropolis, some of the expelled students and their parents were there to find a solution to the problem but they were not allowed to see the principal.

One of the parents, Madam Theresa Cobinah, told the Daily Graphic, “Today’s visit to the school is the third. I am here for the refund of my son’s school fees and the examination registration fee.” “This is a Catholic school and the Rev. Brother should have compassion and not sack students over a loaf of bread. We did everything possible to get the students back to class,” she said.

“Our children have been in the house for the past one month and the assistant principal told me we had to wait for the school board to meet to determine the fate of our children,” Madam Cobbinah added.
The Vicar-General of the Sekondi/Takoradi Diocese of the Catholic Church, Father Eric Awotwi-Dadson, assured the parents that the authorities would soon find a solution to the problem to ensure that the students return to the classroom to continue their academic work.
Efforts to contact Rev. Brother Kuditani failed because the security officer of the school did not allow the Daily Graphic to see the principal.

When contacted, the National Secretariat of the Catholic Church said it was doing everything possible to ensure that the issue was resolved.

Source: Daily Graphic