The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) has condemned the acts of lawlessness and destruction of properties on the campuses of some Senior High Schools in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
“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,” it stated.
A statement by the President of the GCBC, Most Rev Philip Naameh, therefore, called all the major stakeholders in education and the law enforcement agencies to bring the perpetrators of those acts to book in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Ghana Education Service (GES) as well as the laws of the land to serve as a deterrent to others.
It equally urged all final year students writing the ongoing WASSCE to remain calm and to concentrate on their studies instead of looking for leaked examination questions to enable them to pass their exams.
“We would like to remind our dear students that there is no shortcut to success but only through hard work and discipline. We also urge them to desist from all forms of lawlessness and disregard for authority,” it stated.
The statement called on Ghanaians to show good examples to the youth instead of encouraging them to do things that endanger their lives and those of others.
It said the canker of violence that was gradually creeping into the society should be of great worry to all people of peace and goodwill, stressing that “the earlier we nip this in the bud, the better it will be for us.”
Below is a copy of the statement: