Only WAEC Can Determine Fate Of Final-year Students – GES

Head of Public Relations Unit, Ghana Education Service (GES), Cassandra Twum Ampofo says her outfit has “no authority” whatsoever to ban the 14 students from writing their final year exams.

She explained that the GES statement on the students indicated that they (students) will not be allowed to sit for the exams in their respective schools.

According to her, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is “only” responsible to determine the fate of the students.

What we said in our statement is that the students are ban from writing the exams in their various schools. It was up to WAEC to give them new centres to write their exams,” Cassandra Twum Ampofo said in an interview with NEAT FM’s morning show ‘Ghana Montie’.

GES sacks 14 final-year students

The Ghana Education Service has been highly criticized for its decision on some 14 final-year students identified in various videos that have gone viral on social media inciting and participating in vandalism on various school campuses after sitting for their first 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

In a statement announcing the punitive measures, the GES said the sanctions are meant to deter others from such acts of vandalism.

President Nana Addo’s intervention

President Nana Akufo-Addo has directed the Minister of Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, “to engage the Ghana Education Service (GES) to reconsider its decision to ban some 14 dismissed final-year senior high school students.”

A statement signed by the Director of Communication at the Presidency, Mr. Eugene Arhin, said: “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 belief that dismissal alone is enough punishment and would serve as enough deterrent against future acts of indiscipline.”