The Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS) ahead of this year’s school placement has called on the Ministry of Education to cancel the 30% second cycle school (SHS) placement policy for public Junior High School BECE students.
President of the GNAPS, Prof Damasus Tuurosong said the policy is discriminating, and a yardstick to deny private second cycle schools the opportunity to admit best performing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates.
At the 9th General Conference of the Association, he stressed that the 30% school placement policy was not favourable for private schools, saying, it was gradually having dire consequences on enrolments in such schools in the country.
However, the Ministry of Education has said the 30% of school placement allotment for public Junior High School students who sit for BECE into ‘Category A’ public Senior High Schools is a move to ensure equity in the school placement system.
A deputy spokesman for the Ministry, Ernest Akosah explaining the 30% quota 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 institutions.
“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 (JHSs) 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 spokesperson noted.