The Minority in Parliament after the Ghana Education Service (GES) dismissed 8 Chiana SHS girls for insulting President Akufo-Addo has asked the management of GES to rescind its decision and call back the female students to school.
In a dismissal letter to one of the students, the Ghana Education Service (GES) said “considered very undesirable and contrary to the acceptable standards of conduct generally required of any student in our Educational system in Ghana.”
following the dismissal of the students of Chiana SHS, it has admonished students in all Senior High Schools 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 the Minority caucus reacting to the sacking of the final year students has said the GES decision is against Article 25 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana and also Goal (4) of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“In this age and time when there is increased advocacy and a renewed focus on increasing access to education any decision that takes a child away from the classroom can only be seen as an absolute drawback to this renewed focus and objective
It is therefore, regrettable to learn of the decision of the Ghana Education Service to dismiss the eight female students of the Chiana SHS in the Kassena Nankana West District of the Upper East region for insulting the President” it said in a statement.
Admitting that the conduct of the students of the Kassena Nankana West District-based Chiana SHS was bad, the Minority said” we wish to state that the decision by the Ghana Education Service to dismiss them is harsh and retrogressive.”
“Whereas the Minority is against the misconduct of the eight students and condemns the same, we wish to state that the decision by the GES to dismiss them is harsh and retrogressive,” the Caucus stated in a release copied to AcademicWeek.
The Minority in Parliament added that “It is in view of this, that we wish to call on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to review its decision and to ensure that the education of the victims is not truncated in this manner.
We are also urging the GES to proffer an alternative but corrective punishment to the eight students. This we believe would be in the best interest of our collective goal to ensure that every Ghanaian child has access to formal education.”
The Minority has similarly urged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to use his good offices to pardon the sacked Chiana SHS students as he did in 2020 when a group of some students misconducted themselves towards him.