The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has criticized the Ghana Education Service (GES) over what he described as “harsh” and “high-handed” punishment meted out to some 14 who engaged in acts of violence during the ongoing West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The GES in a statement issued on Friday announced the dismissal of the students and also barred them from writing the rest of the papers.
However, commenting on the issue, Mr. Ablakwa, who served as Deputy Education Minister in the erstwhile Mahama administration stated that the GES action is not the best way to address the situation.
“I have always subscribed to punishment that reforms and not a punishment that destroys.
“The offending students could be made to sign a bond of good behaviour, allowed to complete the final examinations after which the release of their results may be delayed until surcharging and counselling obligations have been carried out. We do not have to destroy the future of these teenagers.”