School placement a merit based competition – GES



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Deputy Director-General for Quality and Access at the Ghana Education Service, Dr. Kwabena Tandoh, says the placement of Junior High School (JHS) students through the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) is a merit based competition.

According to him, the slots available to the students are carefully allocated to deserving students  purely on academic qualifications.

This statement by the Deputy Director-General for Quality and Access of the Ghana Education Service, Dr. Kwabena Tandoh, comes after the Ghana Education Service (GES) announced the release of the 2020 school placements through the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).

According to a statement by the GES, a total of 494,530 students have been placed in different Senior High Schools (SHSs) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training Schools (TVETs) across the country.

Those placed were out of the total of 533,693 who registered after their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

“A total of 343,264 have automatically been placed in one of their choices. However, 151,266 qualified candidates could not be matched with any of their choices. All such students are therefore to do self-placement to select from available schools,” the statement added.

Speaking to host of Atinka FM’s AM Drive, Kaakyire Ofori Ayim,  Deputy Director-General for Quality and Access of the Ghana Education Service, Dr. Kwabena Tandoh, maintained that the competition to get enrolled in the ‘A’ list schools has always been a problem for the students who usually forget that the process is a competition.

“For instance, an aggregate 11 student who wants to offer Visual Arts in Presebytarian Senior High School, Legon, will not be placed there by the CSSPS if there are other students in the system who performed better than you”, he explained.

Meanwhile, the Head of the Public Relations Unit for the Ghana Education Service (GES), Cassandra Twum Ampofo, says the Service has made available a technical team to deal with irregularities that will come about as a result of the Senior High School placement.

“ Over the years, we realized that most of the complaints had to do with change of schools and so we have put measures in place to address all that. Some people who have been placed tend to forget that they selected five schools. Some of them insist their wards get their first choice schools. We will advise parents to take note that since their wards selected five schools, they can be placed in any of these schools. The  self placement was also a big challenge and we have put measures in place to address that as well,” she added.

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