Poor SHS selection cause of computer placement issues – GES

The Ghana Education Service (GES) ahead of the release of the much-awaiting school placement of students who sat for 2021 BECE has attributed the computer placement issues encountered each year to poor selection of schools.

Prof Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, the Director-General of GES in a discussion monitored by EducationWeb said there would be no issues with the placement system if parents and candidates consult teachers during the schools’ election process

He said the majority of parents or guardians want their ward enrolled in ‘Category A’ or top-notched second cycle schools in the country, a situation that contributes to the computer school placement issues or challenges annually.

“The students have categories to pick schools from but more often than not, almost all parents want their wards to be admitted into the category A schools, which usually does not help,” the Director-General of the Service stated.

Mr Opoku-Amankwa added that “some parents or individuals go to the extent of bringing obituary posters of late people they do not know just to get the posting for their wards especially when not placed in their preferred choice.”

Barring any circumstance, the Ministry of Education (MoE) has announced Monday, March 21, 2022, as the deadline for the 2021 computer school placement of candidates who partook in the 31st edition of BECE to be released.

Speaking to United Television (UTV), the spokesman for the Ministry, Kwasi Kwarteng said the school placement process has reached an almost final stage and that the placements are to be expected from now to 21, 2022.

“The Management of the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS), Ghana Education Service, Ghana TVET Service and Free SHS Secretariat are working on the school placement,” he told Accra-based UTV.

Kwasi Kwarteng’s deputy, Yaw Opoku Mensah early this week also told EducationWeb his outfit in collaboration with other agencies under the Ministry of Education (MoE) are hoping to ensure all qualified BECE students are posted.

According to an official of the CSSPS, approximately 90% of Junior High School (JHS) graduates who sat for the just-ended national examination in 2021 are expected to be placed in various public second cycle schools in the country.

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