Following the imminent announcement of the school placement, the Council of Private Schools has asked the Ghana Education Service to guarantee that private school students be put in the same Category A or top schools as those from the public sector.
According to the spokesperson for the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS), who made the request, GES favours children from public schools above those from the private sector during school placement.
In an interview with EducationWeb, Samuel Nyamekye said that it is unjust and regrettable for the Service to deny private school pupils who pay their BECE registration fee access to ‘Category A’ schools by reserving 30% for public schools.
“It is very unjust and terrible for private school pupils to pay their BECE registration fee and then be denied complete admission to Category A schools since 30 percent is reserved for public institutions.” “We need an explanation,” he bemoaned.
According to a representative for the Private Schools Council, using the 1992 Constitution, articles 25 clauses 1 and 2, any individual who desires to establish a private business or school does so without hindrances or intimidation.
“We are asking on the Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to come out and explain to us and the general public why such an unjustified policy was devised and implemented in our education system,” Samuel told the Web.
In the absence of any unforeseen circumstances, the Director-General of the Service, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, has said that his organization, in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MoE), would disclose the 2021 computer school placements next week.
In an interview with the Ghanaian Times, the Professor said that the Service has already begun the selection and placement process, and that beginning next week, students would be able to verify their school placement.
The Director-General refused to provide the number of students who would be placed this year, saying, “What we are now doing is looking into attrition numbers to come up with the precise number of students that qualified for placement.”
He also informed the publication that the Management of the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) and his group are working hard to guarantee that 2021 BECE kids attend school on time.
“All qualifying prospective students will be placed to provide them entry to Senior High School (SHS) under the government’s Free Senior High School (FSHS) policy,” said the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service.