Akufo-Addo Intervenes In Dismissal Of 8 Chiana SHS Students - Education Ministry
President Akufo-Addo has intervened in the dismissal of the eight female students of China Senior High School. A statement from the Education Ministry on the Friday revealed that the President made the move after his attention was drawn to it. Accordingly, the Minister for Education, Yaw Osei Adutwum has directed Ghana Education Service to revise its decision, the statement said.
On Thursday, the GES dismissed the eight students in the Upper East Region for allegedly insulting the 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 thus 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. While some berated the GES, others praise the regulatory body. According to the critics, the decision is simply untenable. One of the critics, an advocate for children’s rights was unenthused about the decision.
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.