The Ghana Education Service’s to expel 8 Chiana SHS students from the Kassena-Nankana West District of the Upper East Region for disrespecting President Akufo-Addo, according to the minority in parliament, is ‘harsh and retrogressive’.
The eight students were expelled by the GES after they were recorded insulting and using foul language on President Akufo-Addo.
The GES’s judgment is the result of a careful investigation into the situation.
However, the Minority underlined the GES judgment as a setback to international efforts to ensure expanded accessibility to education in a statement signed by the Ranking Member on the Parliament’s Education Committee, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe.
“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,” the statement read.
The minority in parliament also thinks that Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals and Article 25 of the 1992 Constitution are violated by the dismissal of the eight pupils.
The Minority, although expressing its displeasure with the kids’ behavior, the minority stated, “We wish to state that the decision by the GES to dismiss them is harsh and retrogressive.”
The NDC group in Parliament is rather urging the GES to review its decision and to “proffer an alternative but corrective punishment” to the eight students for their misconduct.
The Minority has also urged President Akufo-Addo to step in and pardon the victims since anything less could put an end to their aspirations of going to college.