Let’s have a lasting solution to this SHS placement problem

THE country’s education sector has been in the news lately.  This is as a result of the fact that the sector has been saddled with loads of issues, from technical Universities to Senior High Schools (SHSs).

WHILE students of polytechnics and technical universities are moaning over the lack of governing councils and boards, parents of prospective SHS students are contending with how to ensure that their children get enrolled onto the free SHS which will kicks-off next week.

THANKFULLY, in the case of the lack of boards at the various technical and polytechnic universities, we have been told by the Deputy Minister of Education in-charge of SHS and Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET), Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, that these institutions will have boards in place tomorrow, Friday, September 08, 2017. Well, that is refreshing to hear, particularly when their absence at the various polytechnic university campuses was hampering their smooth running.

HOWEVER, what seem to be making loads of news is the hiccups following the release of the BECE results.  In fact, the computerised school placement appears to be frustrating for many students and parents.

THE situation has become so exasperating that some parents and students had to besiege the Ministry of Education (MoE) to demand answers to their queries, following the fact that their wards had still not been placed in any of their selected schools.

THAT, to every parent, will be worrying, especially when the academic year begins just next week.  Obviously, this is not the first time we are hearing of this problem.  What Today finds difficult to comprehend is why these teething problems associated with the computerised placement of prospective first year SHS students have not been addressed.

THIS brings to the fore our attitude as a people towards finding solutions to our problems.  We rather prefer that a problem festers before we find solutions to it.

AND this approach has certainly compounded further our problems.  It is gratifying that the MoE has given affected parents and students some respite by extending the deadline for the SHS placement.

WE are being made to understand that the Education Ministry has for the second time extended the deadline for the placement of the many outstanding students who have qualified for SHS.  In Today’s view, this second lifeline offered by MoE for qualified BECE students will help a lot.

WHAT it therefore means is that affected students have up to today, September 7, 2017 to complete the process on the new website provided by the ministry for placements under the Computerised School Selection Placement (CSSP).

MOVING forward, it is our conviction that this will be the last time that the country will be walking this path so far as placement of candidates into SHS is concerned. More so, it is equally important that a lasting solution is found to these challenges that crop up anytime placement of SHS students is being done.

AS a nation, we must be seen to be making progress and the only way that can happen is to put in measures that will mitigate some of these challenges, especially where they keep recurring.

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