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GES Recalls Dismissed WASSCE Students But Underlies New Disciplinary Measures

The Ghana Education Service has recalled the 14 dismissed West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) candidates to return to their respective schools to continue their final exams.

This action was taken after a timely intervention from the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The students were prohibited from writing their WASSCE after they allegedly engaged in acts of violence over dissatisfaction after their Integrated Science paper.

The 14 students were from Tweneboah Kodua SHS, Battor SHS, Sekondi College, and Juaben SHS.

Videos showed the students leading others to riot in their respective schools, protesting against what they thought was strict supervision during the Integrated Science exam.

President Akufo-Addo in a statement issued on Sunday, August 9, 2020, asked for a second chance for the students and further directed the Minister of Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh to engage the Ghana Education Service (GES) in order to reconsider the punishment imposed on the final year students.

In line with the president’s directive, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has rescinded on its decision to sack the students and has permitted them to write the rest of the papers.

In a statement released on Monday, 10th August, 2020 the Ghana Education Service (GES) said, “the students are permitted to write their WASSCE in their respective schools”.

It added that the students will only be allowed to enter their schools if they show up with their guardians.

They are also required to leave the compounds immediately after the paper with their guardians.

“All students who are in schools where destruction of school property occurred are to be surcharged for the full cost of the damage. Results of these students will be withheld till they have fully paid for the full cost of the items destroyed,” a statement signed by the Director-General of the GES, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwah said.




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