Final year students of the Tweneboa Kodua Senior High School in Ghana’s Ashanti region have demonstrated against strict supervision in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examinations.
The students numbering over 1,200 also refused to take their dinner as they vowed to boycott the remaining papers.
The angry students demanded the immediate removal of the headmaster of the school, Mr. John Asante, whom they accused of being firm on them during the sitting of the Integrated Science examination paper.
“They want us to get F9 that is unacceptable”, a student is heard in a viral video while others scattered tables and chairs at the school’s dining hall.
The timely intervention of Police restored calm as the protest nearly halted one of the papers they were writing as part of the examination.
District Chief Executive of Sekyere Kumawu, Mr. Samuel Addai Agyekum has allayed fears of parents, saying steps would be taken to resolve the matter.
“I saw the students chanting [and] demanding the removal of the headmaster. They were accusing the headmaster of being autocratic and so I have directed the CID to investigate and report same to me”, the DCE said.
In another viral video some candidates have also threatened not to vote for the incumbent President Nana Akufo Addo over difficulties they encountered in answering the WASSCE questions.
The candidates are the first batch of beneficiaries of the government’s free Senior High School program.
Some parents and educationists have strongly condemned the actions of the students.
I am highly disappointed in our children for embarrassing the government with this corrupt mind-set.
Government has done whatever it could to give you free education. So if our children want cheating to be entertained in exams, how can we win the battle against corruption?” said a parent.
Another parent accused the government of pampering the students for votes in the upcoming elections.