The Ghana Education Service has made it a policy that any form two or three student dismissed for any act of indiscipline should not gain admission in any other school in Ghana.
Lydia Osei, Deputy Director General of GES announced this at the sixth Speech and Prize giving day at Nifa Secondary School at Adukrom-Akuapem at the weekend.
Basing her address on the theme for the occasion, “Discipline, a requisite for quality education,”
Ms Osei, said there have been several complaints of criminal acts and undisciplined behaviour, including examination malpractices, rape, robbery, vandalism, occultism, homosexuality, lesbianism, drug addiction, and indeed general moral decadence in second cycle institutions, the very foundation for the moulding of Ghana's future leaders.
Ms Osei expressed displeasure about the way many parents have abandoned their responsibility to instill discipline and respect in their children and wards, expecting school authorities to play that role. “What is even surprising is that when school rules are infringed upon by students with impunity, some offenders are led to the school by their parents or responsible people in the community to plead with school authorities for forgiveness” she lamented, declaring, “this should be discouraged if not completely eradicated from our midst.”
She underscored that discipline provides a medium for directing or changing behaviour that promote smooth or consistent learning and training, stressing that any human environment that is without discipline creates chaos. “Chaos leads to anarchy and disintegration,” Ms Osei observed, adding that indiscipline is hampering efforts to develop the country.
“We all have a stake in this cause, to ensure that sanity prevails at all times, in our schools and society.”
The Headmistress of the School, Charlotte Addo called on government to help solve the accommodation problems faced by students and teachers alike, as well as a replacement for the school's 30 year-old bus. She announced that the school scored 100 percent in the 2005 SSSCE examinations.