President Akufo-Addo has appealed to the Ghana Education Service through the Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, to take another look at their decision to ban some 14 students from writing the ongoing WASSCE as a result of their involvement in the recent disturbances in their respective schools.
In a statement issued on 9 August 2020 and signed by the director of communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, President Akufo-Addo, directed the Education Minister to intervene in order to ensure that the students are made to write the ongoing WASSCE examination.
The statement, however, said that all other punishments meted out to the students ought to stand.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) announced the dismissal of 14 final year students who are believed to have caused chaos and destroyed properties in their respective schools in the wake of the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
A statement by the GES said the action was to serve as deterrent for other students who are still taking the exams.
A statement from WAEC also said the Examinations Council will not hesitate to sanction students and teachers if they were found culpable in the rioting on school premises.
Final-year students of Bright Senior High School in Kukurantumi who were writing their examnations attacked an invigilator and a reporter on Thursday over claims that supervision was strict during the exams. They were reportedly instigated by the proprietor of the school.
“The Council strongly condemns the behavior of the proprietor and candidates of Bright SHS as reported and wishes to caution that such unruly behaviour contravenes Section 8 (1) of the WAEC Act 2006 (Act 719) which frowns on and sanctions acts of assault on examination officials.
“In order to ensure the integrity of the examination and safeguard the lives of examination officials (Supervisors, Invigilators and WAEC Officers) assigned to the centre, the Council has decided to, in the interim, relocate the centre from Bright Senior High School to Ofori Panin Senior High School effective Saturday, 8th August, 2020,” WAEC said in a statement Friday.
Click on the link below to read the full statement by the President.
Wilberforce Asare / Asaase Radio