Exam Riots: Prez Akufo-Addo Asks GES To Reconsider Decision To Ban 14 "Dismissed" Students From Writing WASSCE

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has directed the Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, to engage the Ghana Education Service (GES) to reconsider its decision to ban some fourteen (14) dismissed final year Senior High School students from taking part in the ongoing West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

In a statement signed by Director of Communications Office of the President, Eugene Arhin, all other punishments imposed by the relevant authorities should remain in place.

"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 statement said.    

He said 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.

Students Who Insulted President, Others Dismissed & Barred From Writing Exams

Last Friday, August 7, the Ghana Education Service following reports of acts of indiscipline received from various Senior High Schools during their Integrated Science examination paper on Monday, 3rd August 2020 dismissed and barred the culprits from writing the ongoing examinations in their various schools.

The decision according to them is to serve as a deterrent to others and ensure that life and property are protected in the schools.

In a statement signed by the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, he explained that three Teachers; Thomas Anokye of Tweneboah Kodua Senior High School, Joseph Andoh of Sekondi College and Evans Yeboah of Kade Senior High Technical School have been interdicted and barred from invigilation conclusion of investigations into their alleged roles in some of the reported cases.