General News of Sunday, 29 July 2012
Source: Joy Online
Heads of Senior High Schools who offer admission to students who do not merit being there, could face the consequences of being exposed in public, as an NGO has disclosed its plans to place devices at some schools to capture the admission process.
Under the current education system, graduates from the Junior High Schools are selected and posted to the SHS of their choice by the Computerised Selection and Schools Placement System (CSSPS), based on the scores they obtained from the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), orgainsed annually by the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC).
However, reports of students who qualify to enter certain schools of their choice but found that their names had been missing from the list forwarded to those schools even though they may have obtained the requisite scores to earn them the offer to study in those schools, continue to dominate the admission processes.
As the WAEC announced results of this year’s BEC Exams last Thursday, the CSSPS Secretariat is expected to begin the selection and placement before the school heads initiate the admission processes, and this, the local NGO, Ghana Rising Movement indicated, they will monitor closely to ensure justice is served.
Ghana Rising Movement says it has set up a network of competent persons to keep an eye on some of the so-called first class schools who deliberately deny admission to students from rural areas who are posted to such schools and offer those slots to students from wealthy homes.
Executive Secretary for the Movement Rev. Raymond Danquah disclosed to Myjoyonline.com that they will go ahead to expose school heads who will be captured on tape, as a way of putting an end to the practice.
Rev. Daquah was sad about the fact that some school heads who are seen as an extension of moral values, succumb to pressure from some persons in higher authorities, and deny students who genuinely qualify to gain admission into schools of their choice.
He further regretted that students are being taught at their level by their parent that the only way they can push their way through to the top in society, is to influence the established procedures, by bribing authorities.
He therefore urged school authorities to protect their image and avoid being exposed and their school’s image tarnished, by operating strictly according to the admission procedures.
Meanwhile Ghana Rising Movement has established a desk to offer protection to heads who are prepared to work strictly with the procedure without yielding to pressure from parents.