The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) following the unfortunate incident at Bright Senior High School (SHS) at Kukurantumi in the Eastern Region has condemned the actions of the final year students.
Final year students of the Kukurantumi-based Private Senior High School (SHS) sitting for the ongoing WASSCE on Thursday reportedly assaulted WAEC officials who were supervising the conduct of the examination.
According to the students they assaulted and smashed the phones of the external invigilators because they were “too strict” on them with their supervision, an act they believe is to make them fail the examination.
They further accused the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for deploying many external invigilators to their school, a move they say makes the environment uncomfortable to sit for the examination
But, the Executive Director of GNACOPS, Mr Enoch Gyetuah in an interview with GeorgeWeb said the Council is strongly against the actions of the prospective candidate’s, adding that his outfit is investigating into the incident and will at the appropriate time call the culpable individuals to order.
Asked if there will be any form of punishment for the students, Mr Enoch Gyetuah said “since they registered the examination with the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on an agreement, the Council has the mandate to punish them. WAEC has rules and regulations governing the conduct of the examination and any candidate who goes contrary to their rules will be dealt with accordingly. So, for now, we can not directly sanction them but we will consult WAEC on the best way forward… we highly condemned that”.
Speaking further, the Executive Director advised all students particularly private Senior High School (SHS) candidates to comport themselves and be of good behaviour as they sit for the remaining of the subject papers.
He admonished them to refrain from engaging in examination malpractices and other unaccepted activities in the examination hall and depend on their individual abilities to excel in their final examination.
Mr Gyetuah said their misconduct in the ongoing examination could lead to the cancellation of their subject results by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
Meanwhile, the Proprietor of Bright Senior High School (SHS), has been arrested for allegedly encouraging his students to assault a WAEC staff and also a reporter with the Daily Graphic.