Africa Education Watch (EduWatch) following challenges confronting the computer school placement of students who sat for 2022 BECE has announced to hold a public forum to discuss ways to improve the Senior High school posting.
In a social media post sighted by AcademicWeek, the Education Policy Research and Advocacy Organization said the impending Senior High/Technical School placement public forum will be held on Google Meet via a special link.
“Kindly join the School Placement Forum on Google Meet via https://meet.google.com/dtk-ixyw-nwn. We have slots for only 500 participants. Please join by 6:45 PM on Wednesday and participate to improve policy effectiveness,” it said.
The education think tank’s decision to hold a public forum on school placement comes after it called on the Ministry of Education to review items listed in the prospectus of first-year Senior High School students for this academic year.
Describing the 2023 Free Senior High School beneficiaries prospectus as duplicitous, the Education Watch said an A4 sheet doesn’t have to be listed among items to be brought by the students as they report to school for admission.
The Executive Director of the Watch, Kofi Asare in a social media post said “before free SHS, no student took A4 sheets to school for an exam; They paid an exam fee which govt eventually absorbed under the free SHS policy.”
He further asked “why are SHS now demanding reams of A4 sheets in students’ prospectus, when we are told our taxes are used to pay the examination fee to Senior High Schools under Free Senior High School (Free SHS)?
Among other items approved in the controversial prospectus for the 2023 batch of the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) beneficiaries, Kofi Asare said are parazone, gallon of liquid soap, Electric bulbs, weedicides and Detol.
“Why all these, when the government is supposed to have fully absorbed sanitation and maintenance fees, per the free SHS policy and budget for every year, including 2023? the Africa Education Watch (EduWatch) Director quizzed.
The policy think tank following unnecessary items listed in the prospectus has called on the Ministry of Education to review the SHS prospectus adding that “else, these fee items become overly duplicitous and potentially wasteful.”