The Deputy Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has stated that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) will take action against Senior High Schools flouting examination rules in the ongoing West African Senior Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
On Thursday, 6th August 2020, a reporter with Daily Graphic in Koforidua, Damalie Emmanuel Pacome, was attacked by some students of Bright Senior High School in Akyem Kukurantumi.
The Journalist, who was in the school to verify reports of attacks on invigilators by the students, was chased by an angry mob of students. The said students pursued him with knives, cutlasses, sticks and stones.
They reportedly accosted and seized his mobile phone in the school. Sensing danger, the Journalist took to his heels for safety but was pursued for about 15 minutes by the mob from the school towards the Kukurantumi township.
Some of the students crossed the journalist on a motorbike and hit him several times with sticks. They seized his bag and attempted to lynch him but for the timely intervention of a Commercial driver.
Starr News’ Eastern Regional Correspondent Kojo Ansah reported that the students were heard saying, “We have paid Ghc600 bribe each and you Journalists want us to fail. We will beat you up.”
Speaking on Starr Today, the Deputy Education Minister said WAEC will commence investigations into the isolated incidents of violence and appropriate sanctions will be meted out to the culprits.
He said, “This is something that should not be happening. They [students] are not there to learn. It appears they are there to just pass exams. WAEC is going to take actions against these things.
Action will be taken against them by WAEC. It (WASSCE) is for WAEC, we don’t want to go there and interfere. A number of private schools are doing the right thing and making sure their students pass.”
Source: hypercitigh.com | Farida Iddrisu