Child Rights Activist, Bright Appiah has noted that the decision by authorities of the Ejisuman Senior High School to expel from the boarding house 7 pupils for using mobile phones will have lifetime consequences on the lives of the students.
Speaking on Accra-based Joy News, the rights activist espoused that the punitive actions have violated the rights and dignity of the students.
The Executive Director of Child Rights International believes that the sanctions, which included publicising the names of the students, were only meant to save the image of the school but not to correct what he describes as the “social disorder” of the students.
Justifying his position, the Child Rights Activist suggested that, according to investigations, the incident happened during visiting hours of the school and therefore the phone used by the students in the act was owned by a visitor and not the students.
On this premise, he flawed the school’s reason that the affected students used a phone contrary to the Ghana Education Service rules.
“That activity took place during the visiting hours which somebody brought in the phone. So, you can’t even conclude that the children owned the phone and for that matter, they used it for that activity,” Bright Appiah said.
“You cannot punish the students the way they did on the basis that they have violated the school rules. Their social disorder has nothing or has no bearing on the regulations of the school. So you cannot invoke any regulations of the school in punishing them and that is where we feel that the school erred. They have transferred the students from that limited environment into the larger society,” the Executive Director of Child Rights International argued.
Seven female students of the Ejisuman SHS in the Ashanti Region have been expelled from the boarding house for using a mobile phone on school premises and intentionally uploading a video on social media where unprintable words that revolve around sex were divulged.