Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) has commended the Ghana Education Service (GES) for the effective approach it adopted in communicating with parents and the general public on the new double-track policy and issues relating to the 2018 computerised school selection and placement system (CSSPS).
In a statement issued and signed by its Chairman, Mr Bright Appiah, it stated that the coalition has followed with admiration the effective communication skills employed by the Public Relations Unit of GES to explain the new system to the understanding of all, irrespective of one’s level of education.
“The level of professionalism exhibited cannot be underestimated and this is commendable,” it added.
According to the coalition, random interviews it conducted with parents across the country indicated that many of them appreciated the establishment of “Solution Centres” in all the 10 regional education offices, where they could lodge complaints and get assistance with issues arising from the placement of students in secondary schools for the 2018/19 academic year.
That innovation, the coalition intimated, lessened greatly the pressure most parents would otherwise have faced in attempting to resolve concerns they had with the implementation of the double-track policy.
“Considering the effectiveness of these centres, we are proposing that in the 2019/20 academic year, the GES sets up the solution centres at the district level in order to make it easier for more parents to access their services,” the statement proposed.
“The coalition further encourages the GES to continue to explore other innovative ways to interface with the public on issues related to education at all levels. This is essential for strengthening the partnership between government and parents to promote the development of education,” it added.
However, the statement urged the GES to address all teething issues with regard to the implementation of the double track policy even before the gold track begins on the 8th of November, 2018.
“As a Coalition, we will continue to monitor policies and actions of the government in relation to education and use the evidence to engage the appropriate stakeholders to help improve the quality of our education system,” the statement concluded.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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