This year, like previous years, there have been complaints by some parents that their wards have been placed in schools that were not part of the five schools they selected. Again, the placement portal went dead preventing students from doing the required self placement.
As if that was not enough, all who did the self placements on on two days including the 11th of September had their hopes dashed as the GES quashed the placements without tangible reasons.
Placement System (CSSPS) have been caused by the government
Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, former Deputy Education Minister, has said the recent challenges with the Computerised School Selection Placement System (CSSPS) have been caused by the government.
“I do take issues with some of the measures that the government has implemented. I think that they have aggravated the problems and created more troubles for themselves. For example, why to change the software three months to such a major exercise?” the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) legislator said.
Speaking on the matter, Mr Ablakwa, who is the Member of Parliament for North Tongu in the Volta Region, said Saturday on MultiTV/Joy FM’s Newsfile that the challenges have come about because the current administration failed to learn critical lessons from the previous administration.
Replacement of experienced people with inexperienced personnel
According to him, the current administration caused the Ghana Education Service to change the old CSSPS system three months to the start of the placements.
“You don’t do that because for these things you need to do test runs,” he admonished government.
Policy to reserve 30% placement public schools
He also faulted a policy to reserve 30 percent of the secondary school placement to students from public schools, suggesting that the figure was too high.