The recent uproar of some Senior High school students undertaking the West African Senior School Certificate Examination in Ghana has caught the attention of Catholic Bishops who have described the act as worrying needing urgent attention.

A statement signed by the Most Rev. Philip Naameh, President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference pointed to the recent behaviour of some final year students insulting the President of the nation and called for immediate action to bring perpetrators to book.

The Ghanaian Prelates said they have “noticed with utter dismay the total disregard for the rule of law and the wanton destruction of state properties that is taking place on the campuses of some Senior High Schools across the country in reference to the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)”.

They added that “We condemn in no uncertain terms this show of disrespect for authority, even going to the extent of insulting the President of the nation; the attacks on some heads of institutions, teachers, staff of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and journalists, resulting in varied degrees of injuries suffered by the victims. These unfortunate incidents are very disheartening, to say the least”.

The Prelates made a further call on stake “major stakeholders in Education and the law enforcement agencies to bring the perpetrators of these acts to book in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Ghana Education Service as well as the laws of the land to serve as a deterrent to others”.

On their part, students are to lay predominant emphasis on studying and passing their examination rather than relying on leaked questions.

The statement from the Bishops also implores all Ghanaians especially adults to live exemplary lives for the upcoming generation to emulate to trim down violence that is creeping into Ghana’s moral fibre.

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