Hundreds of parents with their wards have gathered at the Independence Square since the first week of September to solve challenges associated with the school placement.
The challenges include lack of track system, wrong placement, network issues and no placement. While some came from within the Greater Accra Region, others travelled from the Brong Ahafo, Volta and the Northern Region due to the fact that their children were placed in day schools outside their respective regions.
The Ghana Education Service had set up solution centres across the country as part of its effort to solve the problems on the newly introduced “Double Track System” under the free SHS scheme.
The solution centres would enable issues on the system be resolved and well understood by parents of the beneficiaries as well as handling all misconceptions of the computer school placement for the 2018/2019 academic year.
A visit by GNA to the Greater Accra’s solution centre showed that there were lots of issues and confusion about the system on the part of parents and recent Junior High School (JHS) leavers.
Torni Yakubu, a parent whose child attended St. Kizito JHS Kpandai in the Northern Region said, his ward selected different schools of his choice but only for him to be placed in St Augustine Senior High, Berekum in the Brong Ahafo Region.
He added that the school, being different was not his plight but instead of his ward being a boarder, he was asked to be a day student and looking at the distance from northern region to Brong Ahafo, there was no way he could be a day student.
Other parents also explained that their children’s results were seen but they were not given schools to attend either with the Green batch or the Gold batch of the new system, a parent said her child had an aggregate 14 of which she believed was a good grade but the child was not placed.
The case of Mary Koomson, a former pupil of Kwashieman Two Basic School was a bit complex as compared to the others, because she said her results changed on three occasions and she did not get placed.
Madam Casandra Twum-Ampofo, Public Relations Officer of GES said they were working hard to resolve the teething problems associated with the process to enable all get schools. She reiterated that it was impossible to change one’s school and status after they had been selected.
By Gifty Amofa/ Grace Princess Tarwo/ William Fiabu, GNA