The Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) says it will deal with all the notorious students who rioted, destroyed school property and assaulted persons associated with the conduct of the examination.
Since the conduct of the 2020 edition of the WASSCE for school candidates on August 3, 2020 some notorious students have reportedly vandalised school properties and assaulted internal and external invigilators.
Some candidates who spoke to GeorgWeb on Wednesday in Kumasi said the reasons for their actions towards school authorities and Invigilators are that none of the what they studied in the past question procured to them were featured in the examination. A female student said “not even the”
According to them, their teachers made it clear that majority of the WASSCE questions would be picked from the government’s past questions but that is not the case in any of the subject papers they have sat for.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) in November 2019, procured 400,000 sets of questions and answer booklets from the West African Examination Council (WAEC), for distribution to the first batch of Free SHS beneficiaries.
The spokesperson of the Education Ministry, Mr Vincent Ekow Assafuah, at the time, said the intervention was needful since it will guide the students in their preparation for the exam and help them pass their final exams.
As of now, students of Kumasi-based Tweneboa Kodua Senior High School and Juaben Senior High School, as well as their colleagues at Ndewura Jakpa Senior High Technical School in the Savanna Region, have rioted over strict invigilation, social distancing and the difficulty of the exam questions.
But, the Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Anthony Boateng in an interview with Class 91.3 FM said “is a very disturbing, worrying and very very unfortunate development, adding “We take a very serious view of what’s going on”.
Anthony Boateng noted that “the Ghana Education Service and, therefore, the schools, have the regulations that deal with discipline. Those issues have not been compromised in any way despite the circumstances in which we find ourselves.
He continued that “therefore, any student or anybody, who breaches any of these rules or regulations, will be dealt with according to the rules and regulations of the Service”.
In the view of the Deputy Director-General, it was absurd for the students to have expected the same past questions feature in the WASSCE examination.
“I do not think, for one moment, that anybody should think that supplying past questions and chief examiners’ reports to students means that the students were expecting those questions to appear in their final examination.