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07.08.2004 General News

GES endorses dismissal of 10 students from SSS

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Kumasi, Aug 7, GNA - The Ghana Education Service (GES) has endorsed the dismissal of 10 students, six of them from Aggrey Memorial College in Cape Coast for acts of indiscipline.

Mr Michael Nsowah, acting Director-General of GES who announced this, however, did not name the schools of the remaining four students but said the decision was to give backing to school authorities to enforce discipline in schools in the face of the recent spate of acts of indiscipline in schools.

Speaking at the 50th anniversary celebration and speech and prize-giving day of Asanteman Secondary School in Kumasi on Saturday, he warned that the GES would no longer tolerate any acts of indiscipline in schools.

The GES, he said, would not hesitate to dismiss any undisciplined student bent on causing violence to life and property in schools. The celebration has as its theme: "Pursuing Academic Excellence,

While Upholding Our Traditional And Cultural Values". Mr Nsowah said the GES had also directed school authorities to take steps to reduce their student intakes to about 1,500 to ensure efficient monitoring of student activities.

He stated that while efforts were being made to expand school infrastructure, it would be suicidal to sit down unconcerned for a few undisciplined students to destroy school property.

The GES and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, the acting Director-General said, were very much concerned about the recent spate of violent demonstrations in schools and said such acts should not be allowed to continue.

Mr Nsowah commended Asanteman Secondary School for maintaining a high standard of discipline since its establishment and urged the students to learn hard to enable them to achieve their goals. Major Courage Quashigah, Minister of Food and Agriculture, who was the guest of honour, called for the restructuring of the country's educational system to train children in a manner that would enable them to appreciate their own cultural values and improve upon them to speed up development.

He noted that the inability of the older generation to teach the young ones their cultural and traditional values had contributed to immorality and indiscipline, which had characterised the society of late.

Major Quashigah commended the founding father of the school for their vision, dedication and selflessness, which had enabled the school to train personalities who were currently occupying important positions in society.

Mr William Antwi, Headmaster of the school, commended the government for improving upon the infrastructure in the school, which had helped to improve upon the academic performance of the school. He, however, appealed to the government to construct a girls' hostel to attract more girls to the school.

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