President intervenes to stop dismissal of 8 SHS students… urges GES to consider alternative disciplinary action

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has asked the Ghana Education Service (GES) to consider alternative disciplinary action against eight stu­dents who were dismissed following derogatory statement made against him.

This follows, the President’s deci­sion to intervene in the matter after his attention was drawn to dismissal of the students on Wednesday by the management of the GES.

The directive by the Ministry of Education was contained in a press statement issued and signed by the Spokesperson of the Ministry, Mr Kwesi Kwarteng.

It would be recalled that two days ago, eight female students in the Upper East Region were dismissed for allegedly insulting the President, Akufo-Addo in a viral video last year November.

Prior to their dismissal, the stu­dents had been suspended.

The GES noted that an investiga­tion into the incident confirmed that the students used unsavoury language against the President.

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 “.

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

The news of the dismissal of the students had since generated a lot of reactions from the general public as some have expressed mixed feelings about the development of the issue.

While some criticised the GES, others commended the regulatory body for the disciplinary action taken against the students.

Some of the public the Ghanaian Times spoke to praised the President for intervening and called on stake­holders in the Education Ministry to put in stringent measures to address the continuous indiscipline among the students in the school in the use of social media.

They were of the view that there were so much indiscipline among the youth and called for stringent mea­sures including corporal punishment in the schools.

They also urged parents to monitor their children on the use of social media to ensure they do not use it negatively.

“Social media is very crucial to en­sure development, but as parents and guidance we have a huge responsibil­ity to ensure our children use them positively,” they said

Following the dismissal of the stu­dents, another video went viral show­ing the students holding their letters apologising to the President and the GES begging for the clemency


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