The Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency and former Minister of State under the erstwhile John Mahama led administration, Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa has vehemently condemned sanction meted out to Senior High School students for their act of indiscipline He said the sanctions are harsh, high-handed, and whimsical and could prove counterproductive.
On a sighted Facebook post of the legislator, he asserted that, he is one of many who have already condemned the misconduct of the WASSCE candidates which went viral on social media platform, he however maintained that, to be succinct: the GES sanctions meted out to the named SHS students are harsh, high-handed, and whimsical and could prove counterproductive.
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According to Ablakwa, if there must be punishment, although he take the view that their apologies could have been considered adding that, he always subscribes to punishment that reforms and not punishment that destroys. “The offending students could be made to sign a bond of good behavior, allowed to complete the final examinations after which the release of their results may be delayed until surcharging and counselling obligations have been carried out. We do not have to destroy the future of these teenagers” He lamented.
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To him, while pursuing the reformative punishment he propose, it is absolutely essential that independent investigations are conducted into the circumstances that led to the rather strange expectations and conditions that have brought us to this embarrassing juncture.
The MP further questioned that, In other words – who told the students to expect a particular set of questions? Who assured them of weak and compromised invigilation? Why did some teachers gang up with students to attack WAEC officials? Why does it appear that students were simply not prepared for the WASSCE, what went wrong?
“These are fundamental issues for which we must seek urgent answers and for which arbitrary destructive punishment does not address.” He opined
Iddrisu Muftaw | Talksafrica.com