Africa Education Watch has called on the Ghana Education Service to fuse the cut-off point of every Senior High School into the school selection system to avoid school placement tension in Category A and B second-cycle schools.
The Director of EduWatch, Kofi Asare in a post sighted by AcademicWeek said the pass mark of every second cycle school when disclosed during the school selection process will reduce the cases of wrong choice of school placement.
“We can reduce the pressure on Category A & B Senior High Schools and promote realistic school selection to increase the % auto placed by undertaking SHS selection after BECE results are out,” the Education policy analyst stated.
Kofi Asare’s recommendation comes after he last year announced to share a document on how the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service can achieve 90% auto-placement on the computer placement system.
Describing the 2021 edition of the computer school placement as inadequate, the Africa Education Watch Executive Director said “this year’s 66% auto-placement is too far from satisfactory, especially where we had 74% in 2019.”
“By experience, the higher the % auto-placement, the lesser the human involvement, and the higher the prospects of system effectiveness. A modest target should be 90% auto-placement,” he said in a controversial social media post.
In a related development, the Ghana Education Service ahead of the school placement release has warned 2022 BECE graduates not to change their course/programs after they have been granted admission into any Senior High School.
An official of the Education Service in a discussion with AcademicWeek said a change in course by first-year Senior High School students violates the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) policy guideline.
“Unfortunately, the policy of the Computerized School Selection and Placement System doe does not permit a student to change course or his/her programme upon admission after the school placement,” he told AcademicWeek.com
He likewise advised students not to assume they can choose a Day school as a Day student and later switch to Boarding upon admission as his outfit prepares to release the much-awaited 2022 second-cycle school placement.
Asked if the 2022 computer school placement has not been delayed, the Ghana Education Service staff replied no adding that the management of his outfit in due course will communicate the school postings release to students.
“The Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) portal for checking the school placement is currently offline but at the appropriate time the school placement portal will be online for public access,” he said.