GES gives SHS students a 4-day break to register for Voter ID Card

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The Ghana Education Service (GES) following the upcoming 2024 general election has given Senior High School students 18 years and above a four-day break from campus to enable them to participate in the voter registration process.

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The four-day break from academic activities comes after the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) announced that the 2024 election voters registration exercise would commence from Tuesday, 7th May 2024 to 27th May 2024.

In a statement sighted by Thisterm.com, GES has instructed the Headteachers to grant the students a four-day break, starting from Tuesday, May 7 to Friday, May 10, 2024, to enable them to go to their various homes and get registered.

Similarly, it has directed instructed all Regional Directors of Education across the country to inform all heads of government second cycle Institutions under their authority to comply with the directive.

The management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) in the press statement noted that the directive aligns with the constitutional right of all Ghanaian citizens, including students of voting age to exercise their franchise.

In a related development, The Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) ahead of the 2024 election has called on the Ghana Education Service to bar any political activities in schools to ensure the protection and discipline of students.

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GNECC’s call to ban political activities in Junior and Senior High Schools follows the misconduct which led to the barring of some 13 students who sat for the 2020 WASSCE from writing some of their subject papers.

According to GNECC, it believed the indiscipline acts of the WASSCE candidates were an influence on politics as students claimed the Akufo-Addo government procured past questions to make them excel in the exams

“We do not support riotous behaviour or any other acts of indiscipline by either students or teachers within or outside the school setting

“Those partisan political activities, whether direct or indirect, are kept away from schools since it has the potential to undermine efforts to maintain discipline in the schools,” the Campaign Coalition stated in a press statement

The leadership of the Education Campaign Coalition has further suggested the Ghana Education Service (GES) to enforce its ban on political activities in first and second-cycle schools in the country to protect the school children

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