President Akufo-Addo has asked the Minister for Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, to engage the Ghana Education Service (GES) to reconsider its decision to ban some 14 dismissed final year senior high school students from taking the ongoing West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
“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,” a statement from the presidency and signed by director of communication Eugene Arhin said on Sunday, August 9, 2020.
The statement added: “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. Indeed, all other punishment imposed by the relevant authorities should remain in place.”
The indiscipline and violent acts of the affected students affected the peaceful running of the examination in their various schools.
The affected students are Simon Ameyibor (Senior Prefect), Thomas Anokye and Miss Juliet Amoakowaa of the Tweneboah Koduah SHS.
Nicholas Cobbinah, Kardimeil Suapim and John Kwofie of the Sekondi College.
Emmanuel Ashiangmor, Peter Sissi, Ameka Nyamitse, Shadrack Dailtey and Alfred Attiso of the Battor SHS.
Solomon Brako, Albert Agyekum and Robert Inkoom of the Juaben SHS.