President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed the Education Minister, Dr. 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).
The GES on Friday announced dismissal of 14 final year students participating in the ongoing WASSCE following their “unruly behaviour”.
A statement signed by the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, said the students would also not be allowed to continue with the remaining papers.
But the Presidency in a release signed by Commissions Director, Eugene Arhin, on Sunday August 9, 2020, noted that the dismissal of the students from their schools is enough punishment.
“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 release said.
It continued: “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