The Ghana Education Service (GES), says its preliminary evaluation of this year’s (2016) postings of Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) graduates, points to a massive success.
The computerized system was introduced in 2005, to replace the manual mode of selection and placement of students in Senior High Schools, which had for many years created a number of challenges.
Many parents have however complained about the inefficiency of the new system, after their wards were turned away in the past by some public secondary schools they had been posted to.
A typical example was the incident at the Wesley Girls High School, where over 200 students were refused admission in 2015.
The Ministry of Education is consistently faced with criticisms from parents and students over the recurrence of the situation.
But speaking to Citi News, the Public Relations Officer of the GES, Rev. Jonathan Bettey, said unlike previous years, the Service has so far not received complaints from parents or teachers on their wards’ postings this year.
He said the process has so far been smooth this year.
“We have not received any negative report from guardians, students or anybody. The only statement I heard yesterday [Thursday], and this morning was that, they are appreciating the good work that Ghana Education Service and the Ministry has done so far by releasing 95% of the candidates to their various schools of choices.
“The changes that government has put in is effective. This year’s results have proven to the entire public and most especially the Ministry that they have done a great job,” he said.
CPSS to be reviewed
The Ministry of Education earlier promised to review the Computerized School Selection Placement System, CSSPS, to correct any defects associated with it.
Speaking to Citi News, the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, Francis Gbadago, said the ministry would soon begin consultative meetings in a bid to improve the system.
“At the Ministry, we believe that the CSSPS has served its purpose over the ten year period. It has served even better than the manual system that we had in the past. It has corrected quite a number of anomalies in the previous manual system. As stakeholders, we can make it better”he said.
By: Marian Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana