Officials of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) supervising the continued WASSCE examinations were attacked by students of Bright senior high school at Kukurantumi in the Eastern Region on Thursday over strict invigilation.
A journalist with the state-owned media house Daily Graphic was also beaten by the students after he heard that an invigilator was beaten and wanted to cover that story..
His phone and bag were removed by the students who chased him on a motorcycle and pummeled him whilst he jumped onto a moving commercial bus to save his life.
The marauding students trashed phones belonging to the invigilators.
They were angry about strict supervision and social-distancing protocols in the exam hall.
The police had to intervene to calm nerves.
The Kukurantumi incident is one of many such happenings. So far, students of Tweneboa Kodua senior high school School and Juaben senior high school School, both within the Ashanti Region; also as their colleagues at Ndewura Jakpa senior high school tech within the Savanna Region, have rioted over strict invigilation and therefore the difficulty of the exam questions.
Some of them said they were disappointed that none of the government-procured past questions they focused on, featured within the papers they sat for.
However, the Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Mr. Anthony Boateng, has said the authorities will affect all the scholars that rioted and vandalized school property to protest against the non-featuring of past questions procured for them by the govt, in their final examination.
The GES, in November last year, procured 400,000 sets of questions and answer booklets from the West African Examination Council (WAEC), for distribution to the primary batch of beneficiaries of the Free senior high school School policy.
The Head of Public Affairs at the Ministry of Education, Mr Vincent Ekow Assafuah, at the time, said the intervention was needful since it’ll guide the scholars in their preparation for the exam and help them excel.
Mr Boateng has told Class News that the rioting “is a really disturbing, worrying and really very unfortunate development”.
“We take a really serious view of what’s going on”, he said.
According to him, “The Ghana Education Service and, therefore, the faculties , have the regulations that affect discipline. Those issues haven’t been compromised in any way despite the circumstances during which we discover ourselves. And, therefore, any student or anybody, who breaches any of those rules or regulations, is going to be addressed consistent with the principles and regulations of the Service”.
In his view, it had been preposterous for the scholars to possess expected equivalent past inquiries to feature within the final examination.
“I don’t think, for one moment, that anybody should think that supplying past questions and chief examiners’ reports to students mean the scholars were expecting those inquiries to appear in their final exam.
“It may be a very ridiculous expectation”, he fumed.
Mr. Boateng said the varsity authorities and therefore the GES are studying all the social media footage of the rioting and destruction and would enforce the acceptable disciplinary sanctions.
“We have seen the videos, we’ve even identified a number of the scholars, the disciplinary processes are initiated, we are monitoring things, the faculties are handling things, we are expecting the reports; when the reports are available, all the acceptable sanctions are going to be applied”, he noted.
“If it means even withdrawing any student from school, we’ll plow ahead and do that; if it means deboardinising a number of them, we will.
“We will take all the acceptable measures to make sure that there are total discipline and order within the schools”, he vowed.