The Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has called for a review of protocol admission to Senior High Schools through the Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS), to check abuses and make it more beneficial to under-priviledged students.
She said there should be a limit to who should benefit with very clear explanations on how they should benefit, adding that the protocol system should be opened to under-privileged students and not those from rich and prominent homes in the cities.
“The issue of protocol should be reviewed thoroughly, with strict description as to whom and how people should be categorised under the protocol lists to check abuses in the system,” she stressed.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang was speaking at a stakeholder’s meeting in Accra on Tuesday, aimed at reviewing the CSSPS to make it more functional and acceptable.
The review meeting, a brainstorming one, brought together management personnel of the Ghana Education Service (GES), old students associations, regional directors and heads of Senior High and Technical Schools, to discuss whether the CSSPS system should include a protocol list for individuals who, by their dedicated services contributed immensely to the growth of their alma mater, or it be scrapped and selection based on merit.
Prof Opoku-Agyemang declared: “My description of protocol will mean that opportunity would be created for children from deprived areas, especially those who could not get the chance to get to SHS, to give them the chance to bring out the best in them”.
She said the issue of protocol needed to be addressed urgently, so that people would not continue to abuse the educational system.
The stakeholders were expected to summit any other relevant ideas that they considered relevant for inclusion in their view, to the Directorate of the GES and Ministry of Education for consideration.
Some representatives of old students associations were pushing for a quota for their members to enable them to gain protocol admission for their wards into their respective schools considering their contributions.
They argued that their efforts should be recognised and appreciated by allocating a specific percentage on the number of admissions granted by the CSSPS annually.
By Charles Amankwa