‘SHS computerisation system corrupted’

 Dr. Esther Offei-Aboagye (inset) addressing participants at  the workshop

Dr. Esther Offei-Aboagye (inset) addressing participants at the workshop

The Computerised School Selection Placement System (CSSPS) is one of the education services allegedly “wrapped with corruption,” a research by the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) Consortium has revealed.

The consortium has therefore called for an audit and review of the system to find out if it had achieved its intended purpose of eliminating corruption in the admission and selection process.

The findings of the research on, ‘The cost and impact of corruption on education and health sectors in Ghana’ were disclosed at a multi-stakeholders dialogue in Accra yesterday.

Conducted under the Accountable Democratic Institutions and Systems Strengthening (ADISS) project this year, it sought to determine the cost of corruption to citizens regarding access of social service.

With 4,907 respondents drawn from 49 districts across the 10 regions of the country, the research was also to ascertain the impact of corruption on the lives of citizens.

According to the research 11 per cent of respondents admitted paying various amounts of money between more than GhȻ2, 000 and less than GhȻ100 for favours in relation to the CSSP System.

The Greater Accra Region was identified as the region with the highest bribe amount of averagely GhȻ610.6 with Western Region having the lowest with an average of GhȻ176.5.

“ A proper audit  should be done  to ascertain  if the actual placement  conforms  to standards  articulated  to the public  in order  to safeguard  the increasing threats  to the establishment of the system,” the research report said.

Mr. George Osei-Bimpeh, Country Director, SEND Ghana, who presented the report, disclosed other services in which corruption took place were admissions, securing of contracts, posting and promotions of teachers and changing of examination results.

On the national scale 49.6 per cent said they had experienced corruption in the sector while 33.8 percent admitted they had paid bribes in accessing educational services.

On the regional level, the Ashanti Region recorded the highest proportion of respondents (94 per cent) that experienced corruption while the same region had 74 per cent (the highest) admitting that they paid bribes to access services in the sector.

The Western Region had the least respondents of 34 per cent that had experienced corruption with the Central Region recording the least of 18 per cent.

In the health sector, the research revealed that about 43.8 per cent of the respondents had experienced corruption in the health sector. The Ashanti Region had the highest proportion of respondents while the Northern Region recorded the least.

The corruption issues hovered around areas including medical procurement, corruption in drug prescriptions, accessing National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) related services.

Osei-Bimpeh revealed that majority of respondents who had experienced corruption in both sectors were the low income earners  adding that the respondents  admitted that corruption was denying a lot of people access to the social services.

By Jonathan Donkor and Evangel Kelvin Ainoo.

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