GES cautions final-year students against acts of indiscipline

BY: Severious Kale-Dery
Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa —  Director-General of the GES
Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa — Director-General of the GES

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has cautioned final-year students writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) against any acts of indiscipline after the examination.

According to the GES, "it has come to the attention of management, rather regrettably, plans by some students to misbehave as they end their examination”.

"We wish to caution all students to be careful since no act of indiscipline will be tolerated," the Director-General of the GES, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, stated.

He, therefore, directed all regional directors of education to work with heads of schools and the security agencies to ensure maximum protection of lives and properties in all senior high schools (SHSs) in the country.

“Any student who misbehaves should be made to face the full rigours of the law,” Prof Opoku-Amankwa said.

The examination, which began on August 16, 2021, ends on Friday, October 8, 2021.

Claims

Intelligence gathered indicates that some final-year students intend to attack some teachers, headmasters and students in their schools and also vandalise school properties.

Prof. Opoku-Amankwa, therefore, called on parents and guardians to advise their children to conduct themselves responsibly as they neared the end of the examination, saying any student who would be arrested for misconduct would be punished accordingly.

He said it was the expectation of the management of the GES that all stakeholders, including the security agencies, would work together to ensure an incident-free end to the 2021 WASSCE.

On behalf of the management of the GES, he expressed appreciation to staff of SHSs for their dedication and commitment to duty.

He also commended them for their sacrifices in the interest of the nation.

"All candidates are encouraged to continue to work hard as they enter the last phase of the examination. We pray for God's continued guidance and providence," he added.

Precautionary measures

Meanwhile, some heads of SHSs have invited the police to their schools to provide security for them from tomorrow to Saturday as part of efforts to avert any possible incident.

Also, messages have been sent to parents, urging them to advise their children against carrying out any intended acts of vandalism after their final papers.

One of such notices sighted by the Daily Graphic read: “Please kindly put on your PTA platforms for the information of parents that we have picked pockets of intelligence that some students are planning to embark on a mission of vandalising school properties and attacking some teachers in the school when they finish writing their last paper on October 8, 2021.

“In view of that, we are requesting that all final-year parents and guardians should talk to their children to refrain from getting themselves into any trouble during and after the WASSCE, as the school will not hesitate in handing over any students who will engage themselves in any form of indisciplined act to the police.”