The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi-Opoku Amankwa has attributed challenges of placement of candidates into Senior High Schools (SHSs) to lack of communication between parents of candidates and teachers during the selection of schools.
The selection of schools by 2020 Junior High Schools (JHSs) graduates commenced on September 21, 2020 and is expected to end October 31.
Professor Kwasi-Opoku Amankwa speaking in an interview with Ekourba Gyasi on Atinka FM monitored by Georgeweb.org said if parents of candidates consult teachers during the selection of schools, there will be no issues with Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).
The Director-General noted the majority of parents wants their child enrolled in Senior High Schools described as top school or “Category A” school, a situation which contributes to placement challenges.
“The students have three choices each and it’s recommended that the students pick schools from all the categories which are A, B, C. But more often than not, almost all parents want their wards to be admitted into the category A schools, which usually does not help”, Prof Kwasi-Opoku said.
“We have also received complaints that some of the parents of these students have no idea about the schools selected for their wards by the teachers. People go to the extent of bringing obituary posters of people they do not know just to get the posting of their wards,” he said.
The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi-Opoku Amankwa further advised teachers to refrain from selecting schools for students without their consent.