The Executive Director of Child Rights International, Bright Appiah, has advised the Ghana Education Service (GES) against victimizing some female students of the Chiana Senior High School, seen in a viral video insulting President Akufo-Addo.
He was of the view that authorities should be interested in correcting abnormalities exhibited by children.
For him, “the system of correcting that behaviour is not a kind of system that should bring victimization”.
He continued: “It is not a kind of system that should tarnish the image of the children, but it should be the system that will reform them and then rehabilitate them so that they can see things from the normal perspective in terms of how the state expects children will behave at the particular age and all that,” Mr Appiah explained.
According to him, the state must implement sound systems to deal with children who exhibit abnormal conduct.
“Looking at all the concerns raised by the Ghana Education Service and also the judge of the region. It clearly points to the fact that something went wrong, and that thing must be corrected. But what will be of concern to us is that the state itself sees that behaviour as abnormal, and the process of engaging in correcting them is what we call the rehabilitation program that needs to be instituted.
“So, if you even want to carry out any investigation, then it is an investigation that should be carried out in a manner that will lead to the reformation and the rehabilitation of these children,” Mr Appiah reiterated in an interview on Starr News.
He further called for an in-depth investigation of what might have triggered such abnormal behaviour and utterances from the children.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has condemned the act and stated that the necessary action would be taken on the issue.
“Our attention has been drawn to a viral video circulating on social media involving some students misconducting themselves and using vulgar and unprintable words on the President of our land,” a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the GES, Cassandra Twum Ampofo, said.
Parents of the students have been invited by management to assist with the investigations, promising that the outcome of the enquiry will be made public, GES revealed.