GES to revise decision on dismissed Chiana students as Prez. intervenes

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Dismissed Students Of Chiana Shs
Dismissed Students Of Chiana Shs

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has intervened in the dismissal of the eight female students of Chiana Senior High School.

A statement from the Education Ministry today, Friday revealed that the President made the move after his attention was drawn to it hence, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister for Education has directed Ghana Education Service (GES) to revise its decision.

It would be recalled that on Thursday, the GES dismissed the eight students in the Upper East Region for allegedly insulting President Akufo-Addo.

Prior to the dismissal, the students had been on suspension.

The GES says its investigation into the incident confirmed that the students used unsavoury language against the President in a viral video.

It described the actions of the students as “very undesirable, and contrary to the acceptable standards of the conduct generally required of any student in Ghana’s educational system”.

Prior to the dismissal of the students, the GES had earlier apologised to the President over the said conduct.

But the news of their dismissal generated a lot of reactions, with many people expressing mixed feelings about the development.

The Country Director of the International Child Development Programme, Joyce Larnyoh said the Ghana Education Service should employ more appropriate means of punishment other than dismissal.

She reiterated that no child should be denied the right to education no matter the circumstance.

Also, the Minority in Parliament also stated that the decision was uncalled for and had to be reviewed.

In a statement signed by ranking member on Parliament’s Education Committee, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, the Minority described the decision as ‘harsh’ and ‘retrogressive’.

According to the Minority, even though the students who insulted President Akufo-Addo in a viral video acted out of order, their right to education should not be curtailed.

The statement said the right to education is guaranteed by the 1992 Constitution, hence the move by the GES must be reviewed.

“Whereas the Minority is against the misconduct of the eight students, and condemns same, we wish to state that the decision by the GES to dismiss them is harsh and retrogressive”, the statement emphasised.

Having criticised the decision by the GES, the Minority went ahead to plead with the President to intervene in the matter.

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