The Ghana Education Service (GES) has directed Regional Directors of Education to surcharge SHS students who after completing the 2021 edition of WASSCE damaged or defaced the property of any Senior High School (SHS).
The directive follows reports that some notorious candidates who sat for the just-ended WASSCE for School damaged properties belonging to their school after the end of the international examination on Friday, October 8, 2021.
In a statement copied to EducationWeb.com.gh, GES said Regional Directors of Education are to collaborate with heads of Senior High Schools where school items were damaged by students after the administration of the WAEC exams.
“Heads of Senior High Schools (SHSs) after meeting with Regional Directors are permitted to surcharge any prospective final year student who damages, misplaced or defaces any the property of the school,” GES stated.
The charges to be paid by the WASSCE candidates, the Education Service noted are approved rates given to the Management of Secondary Schools through the Regional Directors of Education in modes and manners so described.
In a related development, Education think tank – Africa Education Watch has blamed the Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) for the indiscipline act demonstrated by final year students after the end of the WASSCE.
The Executive Director of the Watch, Mr Kofi Asare in a post said the Regional Directors disregard to collaborate with security agencies to protect various Senior High Schools after the WASSCE lead to the destruction of properties.
“What did the Ashanti Regional Director do about the directive to liaise with security agencies to protect school property and why did Nyinahini SHS students have a field day in allegedly setting the dormitory ablaze?” he asked.
The Education Policy Analyst question follows reports that final year students of Nyinahini Catholic Senior High School (SHS) allegedly were behind the fire incident which reduced the school’s dormitory to ashes on Friday October 8.