Some Education think tanks in the country including the Institute for Education Studies (IFEST) have condemned the Ghana Education Service for dismissing 8 female students of Chiana SHS for insulting President Akufo-Addo.
The dismissal of the students comes after the Ghana Education Service and authorities of the Chiana SHS completed an investigation that unravel the circumstance that lead to such unfortunate utterances and gestures against Nana Addo.
In a letter shared with AcademicWeek.com and dated November 29, 2022, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Dr Eric Nkansah directed that the insulting students be sacked from the school.
A letter to the parents of one of the students explained that her conduct was “considered very undesirable and contrary to the acceptable standards of conduct generally required of any student in our Educational system in Ghana.”
The Ghana Education Service following students of Chiana SHS punishment has admonished students to use the dismissal as “a major turning point in her life to bring the desired change in her behaviour and attitude towards life.”
But reacting to the Service’s decision, Africa Education Watch has said the Ghana Education Service could have allowed authorities of Chiana Senior High School to mete out suitable sanctions to the students other than sacking them.
In a social media post sighted by AcademicWeek, Executive Director of EduWatch, Kofi Asare said the Ghana Education Service’s continuous interference in school discipline is breading indiscipline in most of the public Senior High Schools.
“Let’s allow the schools to discipline students in line with their rules. Our continuous interference in school discipline is breeding indiscipline. If students feel the process or outcome is unfair, let them appeal,” Mr Asare said in the post.
The Executive Director of the Institute for Education Studies (IFEST), Peter Anti on his part said “I thought we were in the era of positive corrective measures. GES what do you want the girls to do after asking them to go stay home?”
Meanwhile, following the announcement of their dismissal, the 8 former female students of the Chiana Senior High School in the Kassena Nankana West District have pleaded with the GES and President Akufo-Addo for mercy.
Describing their action as misconduct and childish, the sacked final-year Senior High School students have urged the general public to plead on their behalf for them to be recalled back to Chiana SHS to continue their education.
“Most of us are from poor homes with single parents who do not have money to register them for the private WASSCE examinations now as they are currently in final year students,” the students said in a video shared on social media.