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Basic School Exams in Keta Municipality Cancelled Due to Offensive Words About the President

The Municipal Director of Education in the Ketu South Constituency has put on hold the End of Term Examination of basic schools in the area until further notice. This directive was issued as a result of an alleged offensive words in one of the subjects being written.

In a post sighted on Dzifa Gunu's Facebook page, the question 14 of the test items contained in the Ewe question paper described the president as very ugly.

The question reads; "Dukplorla la vlo nutor". This can can be translated into English as 'The president is very ugly'.

The information which got into the public domain had many social media users condemning the offensive words. Although there are some people who were explaining that the sentence is general and does to refer to any particular president, the explanations don't seem convincing.

Many also think the issue could have been resolved by just editing the portion of the sentence that is purported to have described the president ugly.

Recently, some publications went topmost of discussions in the media because of some offensive words. The publishers had to apologise and call back the said materials from the schools and the market. One of the objectives of school is to groom and transform the behaviour of pupils to fit into the norms of the society. The use of vulgar words contradicts this motive and must be condemned.

It is about time stringent measures were put in place to prevent such offensive materials from gaining public attention.

What are your thoughts on this issue?

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English Ewe Keta Ketu South Constituency

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