President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has directed the Minister for Education, Hon. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, to engage the Ghana Education Service (GES) to reconsider its decision to ban some fourteen (14) dismissed final year senior high school students from taking the ongoing West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
A press release emanating from the Jubilee House has indicated that President Akufo-Addo has Directed MoE to engage GES on its decision to ban some WASSCE students.
The GES had earlier on debunked a similar report in a session of the media and tagged it as false.
In the press release from the Communication Directorate, Jubilee House, Accra, the president called on the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to look into the decision of the latter which led to some 14 students been expelled from school and barred from the WASSCE 2020.
A statement signed by the Director of Communications of the, Mr Eugene Arhin said the President is “of the firm view that dismissal alone is enough punishment, and will serve as enough deterrent against future acts of indiscipline”.
The statement further indicated that all the other punishments including the dismissal and the surcharge of some students from destroying school property should remain.
“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,” the statement said.
“The President believes that everyone deserves a second chance in life, and is, thus, hopeful that the students will be allowed by the GES to take their final examinations as scheduled.
In this light, we anticipate that the GES and the MoE will come out with a press release that will quash its earlier decision that barred the students from taking the WASSCE 2020 exams.