The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has called on the Ghana Education Service under the auspices of the Ministry of Education to reintroduce corporal punishment to ensure discipline in Ghanaian schools.
The President of GNAT, Madam Philipa Larson speaking with the Accra-based Starr 103.5 FM monitored by GeorgeWeb said the act of some candidates partaking the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) calls for reconsidering the ban on corporal punishments in schools.
“I think that as a country we should look at corporal punishment and bring it back in a way,” she told host Lantam Papanko.
The Association call for bringing back corporal punishment comes after some students protested against school authorities and vandalised property resulting in several injuries of invigilators and WAEC officials.
The GES following the act of violence in a statement announced the dismissal and barring of at least 13 students from partaking the ongoing WASSCE for School Candidates expected to end the first week of September.
However, President Akufo-Addo on Sunday August 9, 2020, directed the Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh to engage the Education Service to reconsider its decision on barring the prospective students from taking the examination.
His Excelllency in a statement sigend by his spokesperson condemnd the misconduct and indiscipline act of the students but he appealed to the Service to recall them to continue their examination, saying that “everyone deserves a second chance in life”.
Ghana’s Education Service (GES) as part of efforts to promote a safe and protective learning environment for school children in 2017 banned all forms of corporal punishment in schools across the country.