Arrest students who assault teachers during WASSCE – GNAT

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The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has called on authorities to arrest students who perpetrate violence against its members facilitating the continued examinations in senior high schools across the country.

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According to Philipa Larson, reports of threats of assault on teachers over the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) is worrying and must be mortified.

This follows disturbances perpetrated by some students over what some describe as strict supervision.

On Thursday, students of Bright senior high school School at Kukurantumi within the Eastern Region attacked officials of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) supervising the exercise.

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A journalist with the Daily Graphic in the Region who had gone to the school to report has also been assaulted by the SHS students leaving him with severe injuries.

Final year students of the Tweneboa Kodua senior high  school in the Ashanti Region rioted on August 3 which resulted in the destruction of property during the writing of the WASSCE Integrated Science paper.

Some students also claim the past questions distributed by the government didn’t reflect in the final paper, contributing to the rationale behind the pockets of vandalism recorded in schools in parts of the country.

Speaking on PM Express, the GNAT President described the speed of reports as unprecedented adding that “the incontrovertible fact that the government has provided you with past questions doesn’t mean they’re going to come and answer the questions for you.” On the threats of attacks, Philipa Larson said it had been criminal and called on the Ghana Education Service and the police to arrest perpetrators.

“I would want the GES and other security agencies to return in and arrest people they need to arrest because the threat is additionally criminal. we’ll not sit down for our member to be threatened,” she told Evans Mensah August 4.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has directed school authorities to deboardenise any student established to be involved in any acts of vandalism during the examinations period.

The GES Director-General, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa during a statement noted that any destruction of the schools property should be surcharged against students found guilty of the riot adding that criminal acts committed should be reported to the police for investigation.

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