Parents besiege Solution Centres to resolve placement issues

GES officials attending to parents

GES officials attending to parents

Scores of parents and their wards yesterday besieged the Black Star Square, in Accra, to resolve challenges regarding this year’s Senior High School (SHS) placement.

 

A section of the Independence Arch at the square has been designated as the Greater Accra Regional “Solution Centre” by the Ghana Education Service (GES), following the release of the placement on Tuesday.

 

As of 10:a.m. when the Ghanaian Times visited the Centre, about 100 issues had been reported already with about 20 parents and their wards in a queue awaiting for  their turn, while others were either driving in or walking toward the square.

 

Some of them had earlier gone to GES head office and were directed to the square.

 

The Ghanaian Times observed that at least 80 chairs had been provided for the parents and wards while there were four tables manned by at least three officials from the Free SHS Secretariat, busily attending to them.

 

The provision of chairs and more personnel made the process less chaotic than the situation that pertained at the GES last year, when the first placement under the free SHS programme was released.

 

Aside non-placement, some of the parents wanted to change their wards’ schools due to proximity to their home and unfavourable course of study.

 

Mr Baah Kumah, a parent, told the reporter that his child had been posted to St Aquinas SHS but would prefer his ward to attended OSU PRESEC, his second choice, which was closer to their home.

 

According to the father whose son made aggregate 13, he could not afford the daily transportation cost.

 

For Ms Mercy Attah-Fynn, though her child had been placed at her first choice school and programme; Mfantseman Girls SHS and Science respectively, she wanted her to change the track on which her child had been placed.

 

She explained that two of her children had gained admission on different tracks which would not be convenient for her because she would travel during the second track.

 

“I will not be available to take care of her, as of now, I do not have any relation who can take care of her while I am away. I am praying that it is changed,” she said.

 

Though officials declined to speak to the media because they had not been authorised to do so, some parents told the Ghanaian Times the process had been smooth so far.

 

They said they had been assured that they would be contacted when their issues were resolved and that were expectant.

 

The GES on Tuesday released the placements of 423,134 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates under the 2018 Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).

 

This is out of 521,710 total registered candidates meaning 67,382 could not be placed under the system. They have been offered an opportunity to visit the CSSPS portal to choose from a number of available schools with vacancies.

 

Those placed would begin the maiden double track system. Those on Green Track will resume on September 11, 2018, whereas the Gold Track will resume on November 8, 2018.

By Jonathan Donkor

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