Another Fatal Accident….HEADTEACHER DIES IN BIKE ACCIDENT

Posted on May 20, 2011

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You got it fellow Rotarian Kwame when you commented on my previous post regarding the tragic, preventable death of our late Rotarian colleague Kwadwo Sarpong. It does appear that the police seem not to be concerned with protection of the public on our roads…

It truly was so sad when Kwadwo’s mother and aunt attended our last Kumasi East Rotary Club meeting to express their gratitude for our participation at the funeral.

Kwadwo's mother and aunt(standing) at ROTARY meeting

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Now for another example of a sad, preventable accident…

In a former lifetime I used to an English Second Language teacher. In fact I was a teacher trainer here in Ghana in the seventies…..anyways I always encouraged my students to use real life reading materials…signs, notices, ads, newspaper and magazine articles etc in their own classrooms.

Here’s one for you. Now before you read, I want you first to identify four infractions -getting the facts-committed by the deceased the late Mr. Matthew E. Taakah Asamoah….and second deduce why this terrible situation occurred-drawing conclusions.

(Daily Graphic, Thursday, May 5, 2011)

May, one of our FOUR VILLAGES INN chambermaids, read the article and then commented, “At least this article isn’t about corruption.”

Oh boy, a response tailor made for a teacher to probe and draw the true conclusion why this accident happened.

The general circumstances really point to negligence on the part of the police…school headmaster on his way to school…well that’s an every day routine…small town…two children on an unregistered bike, no protective gear…Gawd, why wasn’t this prevented…well, it involves a man, in his fifties, respected position in the community…hmm, a recipe for “above the law”.

OH WHY DOES SO CALLED RESPECT HAVE TO GO SO FAR THAT THE LIVES OF CHILDREN ARE PUT AT RISK
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Surely, enforcement of traffic laws takes precedence over facilitating Mr. Asamoah’s getting to school with his children.

You can just imagine how many times police in that small community turned a blind eye to all the infractions…
and couldn’t all this translate into Mr. Asamoah taking on a mantle of impunity, almost to the point of being indestructible…

Well, fellow Rotarian Kwame, the police had another report to write….just like at the “Teck roundabout”.

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