Presidential Plea: GES recalls 13 dismissed students to write WASSCE

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The Ghana Education Service (GES) has recalled the 13 dismissed students to write their final examination after President Akufo-Addo intervened.

The GES confirmed their recall in a statement on Monday, August, 10, 2020, directing them to report to their respective schools to write the ongoing West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

On Sunday, President Akufo-Addo directed the Minister for Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, to engage the Ghana Education Service (GES) to reconsider its decision to ban the 13 dismissed final year senior high school students.

“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 students engaged in disturbances that affected the smooth running of the examination in their various schools.

The affected students are Nicholas Cobbinah, Kardimeil Suapim and John Kwofie of the Sekondi College. Simon Ameyibor (Senior Prefect), Thomas Anokye and Miss Juliet Amoakowaa of the Tweneboah Koduah SHS. 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.

In the statement, GES condemned the various acts of indiscipline.

Also, GES has interdicted some teachers namely Thomas Anpkue of Tweneboa Kodua SHS, Joseph Andoh of Sekondi College and Evans Yeboah of Kade Senior High Technical School.

“They are further being referred to the security agencies for further investigations,” GES said in the statement.

Reacting to the President’s statement, GES said even though the students have been pardoned to write their final exams, they are dismissed from school and are to leave the various compounds immediately.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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