January 12, 2023

The Minority in Parliament has reacted to the action taken by the Ghana Educational Service (GES) for dismissing eight Senior High School (SHS) students for insulting the President Nana Akufo-Addo.

According to the Minority 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.

“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”.

In a statement issued by the Ranking member on the Education Committee of Parliament, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, he said “whereas the, Minority is against the misconduct of the eight students, and condemns same, we wish to state that the decision by the GES to dismiss them is harsh and retrogressive, we believe the eight 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”.

It is in view of this that we 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, he stated.

The statement urged GES to proffer an alternative but corrective punishment to the eight students.
This, they believe would be in the best interest of our collective goal to ensuring that every Ghanaian child has access to formal education.

“The Minority wishes to appeal to His Excellency the President, to use his good offices to pardon these students as he did in 2020, when a group of some students misconducted themselves towards him”.