The Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh popularly known as NAPO has described the sort of individuals or outcome the Akufo-Addo government wants to produce under Free Senior High School (Free SHS) policy.
It is currently not clear to whom the Education Minister’s quote may concern but we are sure it is in relation to the misconduct and indiscipline act of some final year Senior High School students in the ongoing WASSCE.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) in a statement after several reports of misconduct on the part of some WASSCE candidates announced the dismissal and barring of at least 13 students from partaking the ongoing examination unexpected to end the first week of September, 2020.
However, a statement dated August 9, 2020, from the Office of the President, signed by the Director of Communications, Eugene Arhin directed the Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh to engage the Ghana Education Service (GES) to reconsider its decision to ban the 13 dismissed final year SHS students from taking the ongoing examination.
President Akufo-Addo in the statement condemned the indiscipline acts of the prospective students which lead to their barring and dismissal from their respective schools.
His Excellency added that the dismissal alone is enough punishment for the final year SHS students and will serve as enough deterrent against future acts of indiscipline.
According to him, everyone including the erred students deserves a second chance in life, and is thus, hopeful that the Ghana Education Service (GES) will reconsider its decision and recall the students to continue with the rest of their papers.
However, the Member of Parliament for the Manhyia Constituency on his Facebook timeline quoted “it’s all about the outcomes, but we also want an outcome that will lead to an individual who is functionally productive for the democratic and prosperous society that we are building”.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Education Service (GES) under the Ministry of Education (MoE) is yet to respond to the President’s call. The Service on Facebook commented on the President’s statement “watch out for the outcome”.