The SHEFA Provincial Education Board (SPEB) has instructed Malapoa School Council to immediately reinstate the 31 students who were disciplined for consuming alcohol so they can sit exams this year.
Secretary of SPEB, Jonathan Yonah, told Daily Post the board has refused to uphold the school council’s recommendation to withdraw the students, following a thorough investigation of allegations.
“The school has already taken action against the students,” he said.
”SPEB has taken into consideration the course of natural justice, that a person cannot be punished twice for an offence committed.
“We (SPEB) acknowledged the school council’s decision to keep the good reputation of the institution however, we have no grounds to withdraw the students as they have already faced disciplinary action.
“Most of the students are first-time offenders.
“SPEB also wants to remind the school council about that any future discipline has to be in line with Part 6, Section 47 of the Education Act to avoid any further clash in decision-making.
“Our decision is final and we are asking each of the students now staying at home to collect their letters of reinstatement from the SHEFA Education Office on Monday next week.
“They will attend a counseling session before resuming classes,” he said.