The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) citing discrimination in the computer school placement against private Junior High School BECE students says more pre-tertiary private schools in the country are collapsing.
The Council in a discussion with AcademicWeek said over 5,564 students in private Junior High Schools have moved to various government Junior High Schools as a result of the placement system that favours students in the public sector.
“Private Junior High Schools are collapsing as 5,564 students have moved to public schools as a result of 30% placement discrimination against Ghanaian children in private schools which is injurious to Article 28 Clause 4,” it said.
But, a deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Education (MoE), Ernest Arkosah has said 30% of Senior High School placement is allotted to government Junior High Schools to ensure equity in the computerized placement system
Explaining the 30% placement quota, the Education Ministry official said such a percentage is allotted to public students because the learning facilities in public schools are not adequate, as compared to those in private schools.
“We (Ministry of Education) have what we call 30% equity quota that we give to those who attended public schools because if you look at the infrastructure and logistics in the government Junior High Schools (JHS) in the country
We try to also create that enabling environment so that they can also have the opportunity to taste what is happening at Presbyterian Boys Secondary School, Achimota Senior High School and other Category A schools,” Mr Enerst said.
Asked whether students are placed based on their school selection or grade, he said the computer school placement purely based on merit also depends on the aggregate, raw score and available vacancies in various second cycle schools.
“We look at the aggregate, raw score, and available vacancies, adding that some students choose Category B schools out of fear that they may not get into any Category A Senior High/Technical Schools,” the MoE spokesman noted.