The Ghana Education Service (GES) on Thursday said it will not tolerate any crass indiscipline among students and unprofessional conducts among staff, especially over examinations as rules and regulations still exist.
The GES, in a statement signed by its Director-General, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, said Management was appalled by scenes of videos making rounds showing some Senior High School students demonstrating crass indiscipline and making unfortunate comments about high profile personalities, including the President of the Republic.
This was apparently from their frustrations over the fallout from their first written paper, Integrated Science.
The statement said Management had also received reports of instances of some staff involved in unprofessional conduct, when rules and regulations, particularly those involving the conduct of examinations, had not been suspended in any form.
“Therefore, any student established to have misconducted him or herself in any of the indiscipline acts should be deboardinised and be allowed to commute from home to write the exams under parental control.”
“Any destruction of school property would be surcharged against the culprit established to be involved and instances where criminal acts have been committed should be reported to the police for investigations,” the statement said.
School authorities had been directed to take action on all such misconducts and submit reports to the Director-General immediately.
The Management of GES assured all school authorities that it stood with them in ensuring strict maintenance of discipline at all times and admonished them to ensure that rules governing the examinations were not flouted in any form.
“Management of GES wishes to caution the public especially parents that in its effort to maintain discipline in the schools, pleas for mitigation will not be tolerated and, therefore, encourages all parents to advise their wards to maintain high sense of discipline and comportment.”
It said Ghana needed educated and disciplined citizens in its forward match to development and that no student was above the law, therefore, the GES would take action including possible withdrawal of students from the schools and the examination centres to instill discipline.
However, the GES gave an assurance to all law-abiding students to go about their normal studies and activities, bearing in mind the preparedness of the authorities to support them to go through the examinations successfully.