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Regional News of Thursday, 30 April 2009

Source: GNA

Student of Bolgatanga Girls SHS asked to stop writing final exam

Bolgatanga, April 30, GNA - A student of the Bolgatanga Girls Senior High School (BOGISS), Humu Abubakaar, has been asked not to continue to write the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) examination since her life was in danger as her colleagues threatened to lynch her. The decision was taken by the Upper East Regional Directorate of Education, the Regional Coordinating Council, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative of Justice (CHRAJ) and the WAEC. Instead, she has been asked to write the November/December private examination which she had already registered to write. Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) the Regional Director of Education, Mr. Fabian Belieb, said the student had been very stubborn and always violated school rules and regulations. She was warned several times to desist from such act of indiscipline but she continued to misbehave. He said the student often vacated the campus at odd hours without permission and returned any time she chose.

Mr. Belieb said the last straw that broke the camel's back was when she left campus to stay with her boyfriend and school authorities made an attempt to get her back to campus. The parents of her boyfriend insulted the school authorities who had gone to the house to get the girl back to school. A complaint was lodged with the police to get the girl back to school but they said they could not leave their post because it was dark and they were only two men on duty that day. He said when the girl returned to school later she was made asked to face the disciplinary committee after which she was suspended indefinitely.

The Regional Director said teachers of the school said they would not invigilate if the girl was allowed to write the examination. He said he had to arrange with some of the staff of his Directorate who invigilated her to write Mathematics Paper I on Tuesday morning but when it was time for the Paper Two, the students threatened that they would not write the paper if the girl was allowed to write with them in the same classroom. He again arranged for officials from his Directorate to supervise the girl to write.

Mr Belieb said he called WAEC in Accra and narrated the incident to them and they advised that the girl should stop writing the examination since her colleagues were threatening her life. A meeting with the Regional Coordinating Council, the Regional Directorate of Education, the Directorate of WAEC and the CHRAJ was convened on Wednesday and a consensus was reached that the girl should stop writing the examination for her own safety since her life was in danger.