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School heads to use bar code to verify WAEC results - CSSPS

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The Computerised School Selection Placement System (CSSPS), will this year introduce digitalised bar code to be used by heads of schools to ascertain the authenticity of results of Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates after placement of the system to candidates chosen schools.

This has become necessary due to forgery and falsification of results by some candidates in desperation to gain admission into their preferred schools where they have failed to make the grade.

This was announced by the coordinator of the CSSPS, Mr. Kwasi Anokye, at a review meeting of stakeholders in education, organised by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ghana Education Service (GES),including heads of schools, Parents Teachers Association, Old Students Associations, Directors of Education and religious bodies among others on how best to improve the system.

The Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, at the review meeting tasked the stakeholders to help make the placement system more functional and acceptable devoid of tension and favouritism.

She emphasized that the government respects the contributions of the PTAs, the communities, alumni, relevant faiths, among other stakeholders in running the schools. 

She was of the view that the role of education as a social leveller,[M1]  should remain unparalleled and accessed by all, to give a chance to those not so socially and economically favoured.

The CSSPS which became operational in 2005, has played a major role in this transition, as its operations were intended to reduce human errors by dependence on information and communication technology.

 

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, therefore noted that the CSSPS, apart from placing candidates, has taken advantage of the huge potential of technology provided to introduce innovations such as candidates checking their BECE result online, and using mobile phones to easily access placement results.

 

Access to Senior High Schools, Technical and Vocational Institutions, she said, has greatly improved with the inception of the CSSPS as nearly 90 to 95 per cent of BECE candidates are selected and placed in their second cycle schools.

 

The Hon. Minister was of the view that the placement programme should not be seen as creating an elitist society but rather give opportunity to every child who qualify to enter for the senior secondary school.

The placement, she said, should give everyone a sense of entitlement. “What we need is transparency in the declaration of spaces and the allocation of same”, she added.

The Deputy Minister in charge of Pre-Tertiary, Mr. Alex Kyeremeh, in a welcome address, noted that the system was implemented to bring efficiency and transparency in the school selection and placement, and it has efficiently served its purpose from 2005 when the number of candidates to be placed was 287,293.

Each year, however, the number of candidates to be placed kept increasing bringing with it diverse challenges.

He revealed that the Ministry expects to place 461,009 candidates in various second cycle institutions this year, noting that there is the need to review the system to make it more responsive to the growing trends in educational demands.

Hon. Kyeremeh however acknowledge that over the years, a number of management/internal decisions have been taken to continually inject improvement into the system.

However, after ten years of implementation, the Ministry and the GES thought it expedient to bring together stakeholders to deliberate on some identified issues necessary, to further improve the system.

The Director General of the GES, Mr. Jacob Kor, explained that in the former system admission into schools, there was no restriction and candidates ignorantly chose three oversubscribed schools, making it a nightmare for both students and heads of school.

The Chairman for the review forum, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, noted that the system of selection was put in place to place students graduating from the JHSs in SHSs and the time has come for re-examination of the system to analyse the shortcomings and make it more efficient.


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