The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Minority Caucus has pleaded with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to use his good offices to pardon the eight expelled Chiana Senior High School students (SHS).
The eight students were expelled by the Ghana Education Service (GES) for insulting the President.
According to a press release from Mr. Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, the NDC MP for Akatsi North and Ranking Member of the Parliament’s Education Commitment, the Minority was pleading with the President to use his good offices to pardon these students as he did in 2020 when a group of students misbehaved themselves toward him.
It stated that any decision that keeps a child out of the classroom can only be considered an utter setback to this renewed focus and purpose in this age and time of heightened activism and a renewed focus on extending access to education.
“It is, therefore, regrettable to learn of the decision of the 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,” the statement iterated.
Moreover, it continued,
“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 added.
Furthermore, according to the statement, the NDC Minority Caucus was requesting that the GES examine its judgment and make sure that the victims’ education was not compromised in this way.
“We are also by this statement, urging the GES to proffer an alternative but corrective punishment to the eight students,” it emphasized.
“This we believe would be in the best interest of our collective goal to ensure that every Ghanaian child has access to formal education.”
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