Three students of the Agona Senior High Technical School who said they could not flout their strict observance of Saturday as the Sabbath day of the Lord as members of the Seventh Day Adventists (SDA) Church, last Saturday boycotted the Asante Twi paper in the ongoing West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The students said they would rather register and write the paper in the November-December edition of the examination, if it is slated for any other day apart from Saturday than flout their religious belief.
Seventh-Day Adventists around the world are known for their strict observance of Saturday as the Sabbath day of the Lord, for their emphasis on maintaining health as part of religious duty, and for their mission activities around the world.
In a radio interview with Accra based Asempa FM on its Eko Sii Sen talk programme on Monday, August 10, 2020, one of the three students who boycotted the exam, [name withheld], who said he would be 17 years in November 2020 said he was standing by his faith.
He insisted he will never flout his belief in keeping the Sabbath day “holy” and will not kowtow to any other thing apart from keeping Saturday as a holy day.
He said apart from the three of them who boycotted the paper in his school at Agona in the Ashanti Region, there were other Adventist students in the same school who took part in the exam. The 2020 WASSCE Twi paper was undertaken on Saturday, August 8, 2020.