The Ghana Education Service (GES) in the Central Region is cautioning heads of second cycle institutions against preventing West African Examination Council (WAEC) candidates from writing their exams.
According to the service, the candidates after registering for the WAEC examinations have a contract with WAEC and as such, no head of institution has the right to prevent them from sitting for the exams on grounds of insubordination, truancy, default in paying school fees and pregnancy.
The Central Regional PRO of the GES, Mr. Alexander Smart Tawiah, gave the caution in an interaction with ATL FM News. His caution comes after a candidate of the Nyakrom Senior High /Technical School in Swedru was prevented from writing a paper on Monday for being pregnant.
He said the head teacher of the school in question upon interrogation said she prevented the candidate due to her pregnancy and also for missing school for a whole term. But Mr. Tawiah says this practice is unacceptable and has subsequently directed that the girl be allowed to write the remaining papers.
“The position of the GES is that no head teacher has the right to prevent any candidate from writing the exam. When a candidate registers with WAEC, that candidate has a contract with WAEC and no head teacher has the right to deny any candidate access”.
On who foots the bill for registering the paper the candidate missed should she want to take the paper next year, Mr. Tawiah said the management of the school would be engaged on the matter to find an answer.
“We are yet to meet management of the school on this part of the matter to find a solution”, he said.
Source: ATL FM NEWS