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Mixed reactions, wrong placement et al hit double-track

Written by  Sep 11, 2018
The first batch of students of the double-track system have started reporting to the various schools they were placed. The schools have also positioned themselves to receive the students. The first batch of the Green Track students are expected to spend 81 days in school while the Gold Track (second batch) will report on November 8, 2018. Nyankonton Mu Nsem visited a number of the schools to find out how the process has been. Whiles some parents complained bitterly of delays and their frustrations, others commended government and described the track as good. Other parents who preferred their wards to be placed as boarders but were placed as day students, have expressed their willingness to pay for the fees to have their wards admitted as boarders. A parent speaking from the St. Johns Senior High School was furious the ward was denied a boarding facility. She said, ‘’I am not a poor woman and I am willing to pay my ward's fees so why deny him boarding and give him day when I can pay the fees myself. The process is not the best. Why should some have boarding and others day? Some of us are willing to pay. If you cannot run the system effectively, why frustrate parents?’’ She spoke to Rainbow Radio's Afia Kwarteng, who also reported parents were not happy because the Gold and Green Tracks, have been missed up for the registration instead of allowing only the Green Track students to report. Reporting from Tamale, Prince Kwame Tamakloe said, a female student was wrongly placed in a boys school. According to him, out of the 50 schools in the region, only 40 were running the double-track system. The process he added was slow and parents complained bitterly. From the Presbyterian Boys School in Accra, Daniel Asuku said parents had brought in their wards to register. Some parents were worried at the slow pace the registration was going and called on authorities to intervene. Parents from some schools in Kumasi where Kwabena Amoateng reported lamented the cost of extra items they had to purchase for their wards. A parent said, ‘’it would have been better for us to pay the fees than what we are witnessing today. The items I was presented with amounts to over GHc1, 000. This amount could have paid my ward’s fees.’’ A total of 189,323 candidates on the Green Track have so far printed out their placement forms for the admission process, while 173,971 candidates on the Gold Track have also printed their placement forms for the admission process. The Ghana Education Service (GES) released the placements of 423,134 students who successfully made it under the 2018 Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS). The placements were released on Wednesday (September 5, 2018). The release from the GES means that 67,382 students who have qualified to SHS could not be placed under the system because they could not be matched with any of their school choices. Meanwhile, the Education Ministry has assured that all 67,382 students who have not been placed under the computerised school selection placement system (CSSPS) will have schools by the end of the week. The GES has directed first-year students who have not been placed to visit www.cssps.gov.gh to choose from a number of available schools with vacancies. has activated a second portal on which BECE candidates who are not able to print their placement forms to go through the admission process can do so. The two websites are the cssps.gov.gh and myjhssresults.net. The decision of the GES to add another website, which was used last year by the candidates, is in response to the number of candidates who are unable to print out their placement forms because the first website, cssps.gov.gh, is slow.
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