The Ghana Education Service(GES) has indicated,it did not direct teachers to write examination questions on chalkboard.
The Public Relations Officer for GES, Cassandra Twum Ampofo made this revelation on Ctifm,an Accra-based radio station’s Eyewitness News.
According to Cassandra Twum Ampofo,though the Ghana Education Service did not direct teachers to write questions on the chalkboard,the GES stopped the teachers from taking printing fees due to high fee charges.
“We didn’t tell teachers to write on the chalkboard, we made teachers stop collecting printing fees because there was abuse from schools charging huge money for printing fee.” She said.
She further lamented that printing fee should not be the requirement for a student to sit for an examination.
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“We decided that teachers should stop collecting the printing fee and the printing fee should not hinder someone from writing the exams or prevent students from coming to school,” she said.
Some Public Basic Schools in the Country have resorted to writing their April 2019,Second Term Examination on the Chalkboard.
A decision according to the Teachers, was due to a directive from their District Education Directorates as well as the headquarters of the Ghana Education Service.
The teachers further indicated that their employers have cautioned them not to collect levies from the pupils to conduct terminal examinations.
Contradiction between GES and MoE
While the The Public Relations Officer for GES, Cassandra Twum Ampofosaid the teachers were not directed to write examination on the board,the spkesperson for the Ministry of Education, Vincent Assafuah thinks otherwise.
The spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Vincent Assafuah has questioned the decision of teachers to display and complain of writing examination questions on the chalkboard.
Vincent Assafuah defended the decision of the Ghana Education Service,saying, writing examination questions on the board was not new in Ghana.
He also asked the teachers to stop the dramatization on Social Media and go on with the use of the chalkboard for their terminal examination.