The Minority Caucus of Parliament shows displeasure with the dismissal decision taken by the Ghana Education Service (GES) on the issue of eight (8) Chiana SHS second-year students who unleashed unprintable words on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
In a statement issued by the Ranking Member on Parliament’s Education Committee Peter Nortsu-Kotoe (MP) disclosed that the new era is about advocacy and total overhauling of the education system on the tangent of discipline.
The school must bring out the best in students not deny them access to education for a bad deed.
“In this age and time when there is increased advocacy and renewed focus on increasing access to education any decision that takes a child away from the classroom can only be seen as an absolute drawback to this renewed focus and objective.”
They said, “it is therefore regrettable to learn of the decision of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to dismiss the eight female students of the Chiana SHS in the Kassena Nankana West District of the Upper East region for insulting the President of the Republic some months ago.”
The action of the SHS students is not acceptable conduct but dismissing them is a harsh decision taken by GES.
The Minority Caucus added that they are against the misconduct of the eight students, and condemns same, they wish to state that the decision by the GES to dismiss them is harsh and retrogressive.
Further, their statement captures what Article 25 in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana said about access to education.
Minority said that they believe the right (8) students like every other Ghanaian child deserve to be in school in line with Article 25 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana and also Goal (4) of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Based on the above briefing, they (Minority Caucus) wish to call on the Ghana Education Service to review its decision and to ensure that the education of the victims is not truncated in this manner.
“We are also by this statement, urging the GES to proffer an alternative but corrective punishment to the eight students,” Minority urged GES.
This we (Minority Caucus) believe would be in the best interest of our collective goal to ensure that every Ghanaian child has access to formal education.