‘Don’t Admit Students Outside CSSPS’

Mr. Alex Kyeremeh, Deputy Minister of Education The Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Pre-Tertiary Education, Alex Kyeremeh, has cautioned heads of public second cycle schools to desist from admitting students without recourse to the   Computer Schools Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).

He warned that heads who refuse to admit candidates posted to their schools through the CSSPS because of their selfish intentions of giving preference to ‘their own people’ would be dealt with accordingly.

Mr Kyeremeh gave the warning when he paid a familiarisation visit to the National Science Resource Centre and the National Inspectorate Board, in Accra, last week, and said the ministry has identified some schools, particularly in Cape Coast, and if found culpable, the necessary sanctions would be taken against them.

He said the so-called ‘best’ schools in Cape Coast, like all others, were bound by rules and regulations, and would not be treated as an exception.

“If the heads of these institutions think their schools are the best and well-endowed, they should dare themselves by admitting students with lower grades and make them better. It is not right to only admit candidates who have done exceptionally well in their basic examinations,” he added.

Mr Kyeremeh said the publication of the Senior High Schools (SHS) rankings, will be recommenced, to clear the perception that only the Cape Coast schools were the best in the region.

The Deputy Coordinator and Systems Administrator at the CSSPS, Kwasi Anokye, said the centre had already placed a total of 373,427 out of the 392,000 students into public SHS representing 95.1 percent.

He said the centre was currently doing a moping up exercise to place the remaining students into institutions with vacancies.

At the National Inspectorate Board, Mr Kyeremeh noted that it was imperative that teachers were effectively supervised to ensure that the pupils received good education.

He noted that it would be a waste of resources to put all the social interventions necessary to ensure that quality education was accessible, when the teachers were not making an effort to teach.

Mr Kyeremeh urged the Authority to make sure that they performed their duties diligently and independently.

The Executive Secretary of the National Inspectorate Board, Dr George Afeti, said the Board would continue to provide an independent evaluation of schools, as well as commence the publication of the state of basic schools in the country. By Lucy Pomaa Arthur

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