GES sacks Students for insulting the President of Ghana, Counsellor Suleman take…

Sacking of the students from Chiana Senior High School, for making derogatory and obnoxious remarks about the President is very stringent to begin with. I abhor and feel great repugnance for verbally abusive behaviour but should dismissal be the right punishment to serve as a deterrent to others?
We live in a Country where there’s gross disrespect for authority. Politicians insult each other on the daily to the extent that, people find absolute pleasure in ridiculing the first gentleman of the land. This has been the case in our perceived democracy.

Has anyone ever sown maize and reaped cassava? What we are experiencing is a direct fruit of various misplaced policies, implemented in our education system. Students have been empowered so much that, teachers are frightened to punish them for wrong doing.

Corporal punishment isn’t always the best form of punishment but the power to discipline students has been snatched from teachers. They have been shanghaied to kowtow to whatever directive the employers table.

Teachers now act in oblivion to the misbehaviour of students for fear of being sanctioned.
Till we stop using education as a political tool, we should be rest assured that, there are going to be more of such unfortunate incidents.

The actions of the Girls are condemnable, reprehensive and an amiss worthy of the backlash it has received.

Now the question one is tempted to ask is that, which code of conduct in GES could subject the girls to outright dismissal for insulting the President? (I would love to be educated on that since I’m not privy to such a clause)

If insulting Presidents is this distasteful and could warrant such degree of retribution, then we are practicing selective justice. What about the people who sit on our radios and Televisions, using unprintable words to describe people of high repute? Don’t they deserve chastisement?

Let us remember that ‘what is good for the goose is good for the gander’.

I can only ask for clemency for these poor girls and implore the President of the land to temper justice with mercy. Going forward, let’s have decorous exchanges on our airwaves because these future leaders are imitating what they see and hear.

Suleman Dadzie
Licensed Counselling Pyschologist
Sudad Counselling Consult

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