President Akufo-Addo has urged the Ghana Education Service (GES) to reconsider its decision to ban fourteen (14) students from writing their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The Ghana Education Service dismissed fourteen (14) West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) candidates from their various Senior High Schools.
These students were also barred from partaking in the ongoing WASSCE examinations a result of the violent acts they exhibited in their schools due to strict invigilation and social distancing in exam halls.
In a statement signed by the Director of Communications from the office of the President, Eugene Arhin on Sunday August 9, 2020, the President stated that the dismissal of the students alone will serve as enough punishment and thus hopeful that the students will be allowed by the GES to take their final examinations as scheduled.
“Even though the acts of indiscipline undertaken by these students are intolerable, acts which have led to their subsequent dismissal from school, President Akufo Addo is of the firm view that dismissal alone is enough punishment, and will serve as enough deterrent against future acts of indiscipline,” parts of the statement said.
President Akufo Addo also highlighted that “other punishment imposed by the relevant authorities should remain in place.”
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The Ghana Education Service has however interdicted three teachers over their alleged roles in the recent violent activities witnessed in some Senior High Schools.
These teachers have also been barred from invigilating the on-going West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and are being referred to the security agencies for further investigations.
These teachers include Thomas Anokye and Joseph Andoh of Tweneboa Kodua SHS and Evans Yeboah of Kade SHTS.
Meanwhile The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) says it will embark on a ‘Discipline Campaign’ to educate Senior High School (SHS) students on the need to uphold the culture and values of discipline.
NUGS is going to conduct a sensitization exercise in partnership with the Ghana Education Service and other relevant stakeholders.
According to the Union, the rationale behind this initiative is to forestall future occurrences of such indiscipline acts in educational institutions.
Story by: Kelly Adjetey Boye | universnewsroom.com