The introduction of two new sports in secondary schools has been put on hold by the Ghana Education Service (GES).
The GES had earlier given its approval for tug-of-war and pillow fights to be included in the sports activities of second-cycle schools.
This was after receiving a request from the Tug of War and Pillow Fight Federation, which assured that safety measures would be observed.
However, some stakeholders have expressed their worries about the potential injuries that students could suffer from participating in these sports.
The GES has therefore decided to withdraw its approval and suspend the introduction of tug-of-war and pillow fights in secondary schools.
The GES has informed the Tug of War and Pillow Fight Federation about this decision in a letter, and has also directed Directors of Education and heads of secondary schools across the country to comply with the suspension notice.
Ola Williams, President of the Tug of War and Pillow Fight Federation, told Citi News that these sports are practised worldwide and are safe for students.
“Tug-of-war and pillow fights are sports that are practised across the globe and are safe for students,” he said.