Three Akufo-Addo graduates deboardinized for insulting president
Three final year students of the Sekondi College in the Western Region have been sacked from the boarding house after they used unprintable words on President Akufo-Addo.
The students in a viral video were seen insulting the president after they failed to perform in a paper in the ongoing West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
One of the three students, seen in the video,was on Friday captured in a picture with his father pleading with school authorities to tamper justice with mercy.
He has since rendered an unqualified apology to President Akufo-Addo, school authorities, GES, and the general public to forgive him for his acts of indiscipline.
The sanction came after the Ghana Education Service (GES) directed school authorities to deboardinise students who cause mayhem in senior high schools across the country as they write their exams.
With final year students writing their exit exams, the GES said penalised boarding students should be made to write the WASSCE from home.
“The student should be allowed to commute from home to write the exams under parental control. Any destruction of school property will be surcharged against the culprits established to be involved,” the statement issued by the GES said.
With a few days into the ongoing WASSCE, there have been pockets of student rampage recorded in some schools across the country.
Schools including Tweneboah Kodua SHS, Juaben SHS, and Ndewura Jakpa Senior High Technical School have been seen in various videos vandalizing school properties to protest their disappointment at the WASSCE.
The latest to join the list of rampaging final year students are WASSCE candidates of Bright Senior High School in the Eastern Region.
The students were protesting against social distancing protocols in the exam halls and their inability to engage in examination malpractices.
Students of Bright SHS charged on WAEC invigilators and a journalist after their proprietor allegedly ordered the attack.
The rioting students wielding sticks, compasses, and knives beat the unarmed invigilators and the Daily Graphic to a pulp.
The students reportedly chased the journalist for about 15 minutes into the township where they accosted him and assaulted him with their weapons.
There have been calls from a section of the public including the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) for the students who engage in acts of violence during the WASSCE to be punished.
Bright SHS proprietor arrested
The proprietor of Bright Senior High School at Akyem Kukurantumi in the Eastern Region, Bright Amponsah has been arrested by police in the region.
The arrest follows his alleged endorsement of the beating of WASSCE invigilators by some final year students of the school.
A Daily Graphic reporter was also beaten by the students after a hot chase.
Mr. Bright Amponsah and teachers in his school were said to aiding students to cheat during the exams, a practice that was resisted by the invigilators, according to reports.
A WAEC official has explained that “when they [teachers, headmaster] realized that all their avenues had been blocked then the headmaster got agitated and went to the examination hall and ordered all the candidate to stop writing and come out”
“So based on that command, the candidates stopped writing and started massing up, before we realized, they had surrounded us and then he ordered them to beat us and collect our phones which the students did” Gyan Mensah, WAEC official narrated.
Meanwhile, the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has relocated its examination centre from the premises of Bright Senior High School to the Ofori Panin Senior High School in the Eastern Region following the riot by students.