Education think tank – Africa Education Watch (EduWatch) following the Ghana Education Service’s release of a code of conduct for students in pre-tertiary schools says the document to ensure discipline in schools needs to be reviewed.
In a social media post sighted by Thisterm.com, the Executive Director of EduWatch, Kofi Asare said it is in the right direction for GES to document and harmonise acceptable conduct and provide guidelines for its regulation.
However, he said the content of the 2024/2025 edition of the Ghana Education Service code of conduct for students does not address two of the most critical issues that negatively affect the administration of discipline in schools.
“Bearing in mind that these contentious issues very much occasioned the development, and indeed delayed the completion of the document; value addition is regrettably low,” the education think tank Director said in the post.
Kofi Asare’s suggestion comes after GES as part of an effort to ensure discipline in educational institutions has released a code of conduct for pre-tertiary students to create an enabling environment that facilitates teaching and learning.
The code of conduct, according to the Education Service is to serve as a guide and reference material to promote and maintain discipline at the pre-tertiary level of education while strictly conforming to general rules and directives.
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.
“The rules and guidelines in the code of conduct should not be merely a catalogue of offences and penalties or restraints on students’ freedoms. They are rather meant to ensure that the conditions for effective teaching and learning are maintained in the country’s pre-tertiary educational institutions.
It is also intended to inspire confidence among students and other stakeholders in the delivery of education and the assurance of students that the school system is being trained to be responsible community members,” GES stated.