The Accra Human Rights Forum has condemned the dismissal of 14 students in the ongoing West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE), describing it as “too draconian and too rough.”
The Ghana Education Service (GES) has dismissed some WASSCE students and interdicted three teachers for various acts of indiscipline which have led to the destruction of school properties.
They have also been barred from taking their remaining papers and have been directed to leave campus with immediate effect.
The students’ action was in response to alleged strict invigilation during the Integrated Science paper in the on-going examination.
The decision has been welcomed by the Ghana National Association of Teacher (GNAT) with its President saying: “I am happy with this. I think it should not end there.”
But the Accra Human Rights Forum is asking for the students to be reinstated saying the “punishment does not match the offense.”
In a statement, Saturday, the Human Rights Forum said: “there are so many options available to the Ghana Education Service such as deboardenisation but dismissal is wrong.”
“As much as the Accra Human Rights Forum believes the students deserve to be punished for their actions, we did not expect the Ghana Education Service to dismiss and bar them from taking the remaining papers,” the statement signed by the Executive Director, Kwabena Brakopowers read.
“We want the GES to review its decision in the interest of the nation since the current punishment is too harsh,”