Last Thursday, the headmistress of Gwiraman Senior High School in the Western Region’s Nzema East Municipality, Agatha Mensah, created a stir at school when she told the students and staff that she was above the level of stealing Veronica buckets.
It was alleged in the community that two Veronica buckets were missing from items donated to the school by Catherine Abelema Afeku, Member of Parliament (MP) for the district, with some people pointing their fingers at the headmistress.
Ms Afeku last Thursday, while making a similar donation, remarked, “We have heard that two Veronica buckets which were donated to the school earlier are missing. We will ask the headmistress where those buckets are because if this school doesn’t want the items we can send them to other schools that want them.”
The MP clarified that the items were being distributed throughout the municipality to the different schools to help prevent the virus from spreading and used the opportunity to teach the students about the need to follow the preventive measures.
The insinuation, however, did not go well with the headmistress, who responded that she was above the stealing of Veronica buckets.
“I have heard that some people are saying the MP brought two Veronica buckets and the headmistress is hiding them. I want to make it clear to the students, staff and everyone that the buckets are there and Madam MP can go and inspect them,” angry-looking Agatha Mensah fumed.
“These ones that are being donated will be given to the students to use as expected,” I did not come to the public office to steal, bring auditors to check my records. she added.
The Municipal Director of Education, Justina Djaba, who rebuked the headmistress for her utterances, asked the students to study hard to pass well their examination so they could enjoy government’s scholarship at the tertiary level.
The Nzema East Municipal Chief Executive, Frank Okpeyen, said the fight against the global pandemic required the collective efforts of every Ghanaian, including the students and teachers.