The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has raised concerns about the punishment meted to some final year students sitting for the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The Ghana Education Service dismissed 14 students for rioting during their Integrated Science paper. The students have also been barred from writing their remaining exams.

Speaking to Ayisha Ibrahim on JoyNews Prime, NAGRAT President, Angel Carbonu said the students should have only been deboardinised and not banning them from the exams.

“I don’t think we should take the opportunity from them to write the exams. While we are punishing them, we need not to destroy them. If we are not careful, we will create monsters for society to deal with” he said.

Students in the five schools destroyed furniture, smashed bowls containing evening meals in the dining hall, attacked invigilators, journalists, demonstrated and issued threats to school authorities for being firm on invigilation during exams.

Mr. Carbonu bemoaned the level of impunity and indiscipline in the various schools. He indicated that punishing the offenders is right but must be aimed at reforming the culprits.

“The aim of punishment is to reform and that should be the focus we have to take. They should be debordinaised in the first place and accompanied to the school premises to write the paper and leave the school premises immediately so that, they will not be further influence on the other students.”

Three teachers from Tweneboa Kodua SHS, Kade SHTS and Sekondi College have been interdicted and barred from invigilating. The implicated teachers are alleged to have played key role in the disturbances at the said institutions.

NAGRAT President, however, wants the laid down procedures governing their employment be followed in penalising the tutors.

“Teachers have a code of conduct and conditions of service. If you have information that a teacher has broken rules of establishment, you take the teacher through disciplinary process. Give the teacher a fair hearing before you take the final sanctions” Mr. Carbonu said.

But the Ghana Education Service said, until investigations are concluded and judgement made, the three teachers must stay away from the examination centres.

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