15 students banned from writing WASSCE for charging phones

At least 15 final year students of Bright Senior

High School at Kukurantumi in the Eastern re­

gion have been denied the opportunity of

writing their papers in the ongoing West Africa

Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)

for charging their phones illegally in the


The head of the school, Bright Amponsah, is

asking the affected stuctenls to pay a sum of

GH¢ 100.00 for their offence which led to the

burning of an electrical socket, cables, and

blankets or forfeit sitting the exams which they

have duly paid for.

Information gathered by the paper indicated

that with the exception of a handful of the

students who have paid for fear of not writing

the WASSCE, some have been sent home while

others have been refused entry to dining halls

to enjoy meals they have paid for.

While the parents argue that it is unfair to bar

the students from writing the sub-regional

exams, the school authorities have assumed

care-free posture portending that unless the

children pay the charges, they would not be

allowed to enjoy certain services the school

grants to other students.

This comes on the heels of warnings by the

Minister of Education, Prof. Naana Opoku-

Agyemang to heads of institutions to desist

from charging illegal fees.

Speaking to the Daily Heritage in an interview,

some of the parents who pleaded strict

anonymity said the management of the school

is acting arbitrarily "and even if the students

have offended, should they be treated harshly

like that?"

Giving an account of the offence of the 15

students, they explained that the children have

for sometime been charging their phones

illegally in their dormitories without the

knowledge of the school authorities.

"On that fateful day, the socket they were

using to charge their phones exploded due to

poor electrical fittings and sparked fire which

gutted some cables, blankets and their

belongings," they stated.

The headmaster of the school, according to

them, is asking each student to pay a sum of

GH¢100.00 for repair works.

"The money being charged is on the high side

and we are only pleading that they reduce it.

We are not against the children being punished

for their fault, but it should not be extended

to a level which would af- j feet their future,"

they added.

They appealed to the Ghana Education Service

and the minister of education to intervene on

behalf of the children so that they are not

traumatized for being refused to write their

final examinations.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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