Seventy-four students of Kumasi Girls' Secondary School have been expelled for breaking school rules and organising a birthday party on school grounds last term.
Following their transgression, the case was reported to the school's Board of Governors and the students were suspended, after which further investigations were conducted.
More than 40 of the girls, who had already been registered to sit the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSSCE), had to write their examinations from home. The remaining students stayed out of school for the rest of the term.
“Times” investigations revealed that the Ghana Education Service (GES) had given approval for the girls' dismissal, and they have been served subsequently with dismissal notices.
A source at the school, who spoke to the “Times” on condition of anonymity, confirmed the story and said that although the dismissed girls' parents had come on several occasions to plead for clemency on behalf of their children, the school authorities were determined not to rescind their decision.
According to the source, the girl who celebrated her birthday, a Form 3 student identified only as Takyiwaa, printed invitation cards and demanded that her guests observe a dress code for the party of “house attire”. The invitation stated that the party was scheduled to last from 7pm until daybreak. The source said that the Senior Housemistress and a number of teachers stopped the party when it was already underway. The girls were reported to the school's Board and suspended summarily.