Mr Franklin Cudjoe, the CEO of IMANI Centre for Policy and Education says the gesture of President Akufo-Addo is commendable and timely. The applause from the think tank is in connection with the president’s intervention after harsh sanctions were imposed on the 13 students which barred them from continuing with their final examination.
IMANI to Akufo-Addo – Facebook post
Per the statement of the founding President of IMANI sighted on his Facebook page, he said “I think the President did well by intervening to have the students who gravely insulted and abused his person pardoned to enable them to write exams at least’.
‘This is what responsible fathers do. It is no different from JM’s decision to show clemency to the vagabond Montie 3 after thousands signed a petition for that outcome”.
The President of Ghana on, H.E Nana Akufo-Addo on August 9, 2020, issued a statement through the communication wing of the Jubilee House, the seat of government. In the statement, he noted that despite the final year students indiscipline act which the Presidency highly condemn; they need to be pardoned.
His Excellency in the statement signed through the statement said everyone deserves a second chance in life. He called on the GES under the Ministry of Education (MoE) to temper justice with mercy and recall all the dismissed and barred students to partake in the ongoing examination.
In the wake of the decision by the Ghana Education Service (GES), politicians, Civil Society Organizations, Student Unions and Teacher Unions called on the president to intervene since, in their estimation, the sanctions were rather to hash.
As at the time of this publication, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has not responded to the President’s call to recall the 13 indiscipline final year Senior High School students to partake the WASSCE for School Candidates.