The Ghana Education Service has promised to implement tighter regimes to deal with drug and substance abuse in schools following disturbing details from research in over 100 basic and senior high schools in the country.
Speaking to JoyNews’ Emefa Apawu, Director-General of the GES Prof Kwasi Opoku Amankwah, said that his outfit is yet to review the report, however, they are ready to look at the recommendations given and take steps to ensure that the relevant measures are put in place.
“So let us spend some time to study the report, look at what they actually came out with, and see how best we can tighten the measures we have and any other recommendations they have so we can improve on the system,” he said.
This comes after a report by the Consultative Committee to Combat Drug Menace in Schools established that about 54.1% of boys in Junior High and Senior High Schools use cannabis.
According to a survey which was carried out by the Committee, 59.9% of boys tend to use cigarettes more in schools.
It further established that 36% of boys and 32.1% of girls use alcohol in schools, while 34.3% of girls use shisha in schools.
Also, it was recorded that 72.7% of girls use pain relivers in schools.
The survey was conducted in 176 schools to ascertain the source and cause of an increase in drug use in various Senior High and Junior High Schools in the country, following the establishment of the Committee under a directive by President Akufo-Addo.
Meanwhile, Prof Opoku Amankwah says GES is ready to implement already existing measures to help clamp down on substance abuse.
He stated that “there are counseling programs in the schools that they go through and there are punishments for people who go through some of these issues.”
Prof Opoku Amankwah added that while already existing measures are being implemented, GES will look at the recommendations and provide stricter measures.