The Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service has described students’ expectations for past questions to be repeated in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) as ridiculous.
Anthony Boateng in an interview on Joy News’ AM Show Thursday said the past questions distributed to students were to help them prepare for the final papers.
Thus, students should not be angry but rather adequately prepare for their remaining papers.
“I do not think that supplying past questions and chief examiner’s reports to students mean that the students should expect those questions in their final exams. That would be a very ridiculous expectation,” he stated.
His comments come after several videos that emerged on social media where students are seen complaining of how difficult the exam questions were and accusing the authority of deceiving them with past questions.
But condemning the non-stop protest and vandalism acts of the students, Mr Boateng said violence is not a suitable way for them to put across their grievances.
He then promised that GES will thoroughly investigate all protests that has happened in various Senior High Schools.
“The Ghana Education Service and schools have their own regulations that deals with discipline, those issues have not been compromised in any way despite the circumstance we find ourselves.
“Therefore, any student or anybody who breech any of these rules or regulations will be dealt with accordingly.”
Also speaking on the Show, the Executive Director of Child Rights International, Bright Appiah said the punishment of students involved in the violence should not involve halting their education.
He explained that “There were all kinds of the expectations that were not managed properly for that matter students felt disappointed.
“They felt that if you [government] have given them past questions to solve, then there is a clear indication that you are going to set the question from there, of which we should not blame the authorities or the students.”