GES/MoE bans skin bleaching among Senior High Schools students

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The management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) under the auspices of the Ministry of Education (MoE) has banned skin bleaching among students in various government Senior High Schools (SHSs) across the country.

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The prohibition was contained in the 2024/2025 academic year of the Ghana Education Service (GES) code of conduct titled “Improper Dressing” which explicitly states that “Bleaching of the skin by a student shall not be allowed”.

The code goes on to emphasize the necessity for students to dress neatly, adhering to prescribed attire and footwear consistently. Accessories such as chains, bangles, caps, braces, and even spectacles are subject to specific rules.

Per the 2024 code of conduct for students in pre-tertiary schools, spectacles are allowed only with a valid medical prescription, and alterations to school uniforms or dress are strictly prohibited, constituting an offence.

“Students shall not wear chains, bangles, caps, braces. Wearing of spectacles shall be with medical presentation.
No alterations to school uniforms or dress shall be allowed. Unprescribed attire found in the possession of a student is an offence attire is an offence. Using unprescribed attire by a student is an offence

Students should have a decent haircut as prescribed by the school authorities. Hair should be clean, neat, and modest, and avoid extremes in styles and colour. Men’s hair should be neatly struck and beard clean shaven”. The code states.

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Also, sanctions for the offence of improper dressing include caution and counselling, manual work, demotion for prefects, two weeks internal suspension, shaving of beard or sideburns under the supervision of the housemaster.

The management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) says the code of conduct for prospective students in Second-cycle schools nationwide forms part of efforts to create an enabling environment that facilitates teaching and learning.

In a blog post sighted by Thisterm.com, the management of the Service said the rules and guidelines in the code of conduct are not to be regarded as merely a catalogue of offences and penalties or restraints on students’ freedoms.

It said the rules and guidelines in the code of conduct for prospective students are meant to ensure that the conditions for effective teaching and learning are maintained in the country’s various pre-tertiary educational institutions.

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