The spokesman for the Ministry of Education, Kwasi Kwarteng says the 8 Chiana SHS students were dismissed by the Ghana Education Service because they did not show any sign of remorse during an investigation into their incident.
In an interview monitored by AcademicWeek, he said the management of the Ghana Education Service based on their attitude sacked the female students to send a strong message to their colleagues and other students in other schools.
“The disciplinary committee set up by the Ghana Education Service communicated the punishment (dismissal) to the school board thus PTA, teachers, the student’s parents and other relevant individuals,” the MoE spokesperson stated.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service (GES) after President Akufo-Addo intervened with the disciplinary action meted out to the girls has said the final year students can return to school to continue their education.
“The Ghana Education Service has referred the matter to the school’s disciplinary committee to explore alternative sanctions other than the dismissal,” the management of the Service said in the press release dated January 13, 2023.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) dismissed some eight students of Chiana Senior High School in the Kassena-Nankana West District of the Upper East Region for insulting President Nana Akufo-Addo in a video last year.
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 the Chiana SHS students incident has admonished prospective 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.”