Speaking with authority as the headmistress of Juabeng Senior High School (JUASS), Mrs Josephine Opuni Boakye confirmed that, she and her officers including external examination inspectors have not and will not sack a student from writing her final exams all because of pregnancy. The headmistress, Mrs Josephine Opuni Boakye was disputing rumours that had spread through the Ejisu Juabeng Municipality of three students been sacked from the school because of the pregnant state.
Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, an innocent child coming to earth so why will I hurt that innocent child by denying their mother her freedom to education. On what grounds, just because of pregnancy, oh no, I wish to state emphatically that, all my students are present in the school and they are all studying, preparing and writing their various exams in peace.
We have even given them counselling session and has counselled the whole school to encourage them and see them as they did before they became pregnant. It was only one student, a nineteen-year-old art student that delivered on Monday, and that might have been the cause of the rumours.
The student was learning on Sunday evening when her water broke. She quickly alerted her friends and the school minibus drove her to the Juabeng hospital where she delivered on Monday morning. Nobody denied her the opportunity to write and exams but she was the only one who missed a paper because of delivery but we are working on getting a rewrite for her and the school is in consultation with WACE to do so, the headmistress Josephine Opuni Boakye said in countering some rumours which had taken over the Ejisu Juabeng Municipality.
Out of nine hundred and fifty-five students that sat for the WASSCE Government paper One, it was alleged three students had been denied the opportunity of writing the paper but the headmistress Mrs Josphine Opuni Boakye categorically stated that no student(s) has been sacked from writing their paper. Anyone with evidence that a student had been sacked, could present it, the headmistress stated.
One of the students alleged to be six months pregnant, spoke on camera on the support the school had given them and confirmed to the headmistress' words of no student been denied her right to write the WASSCE exams. The school currently has three pregnant students writhing their exams and all of the three are present in the school studying for their final papers.
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