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General News of Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Source: adomonline.com

Allotey Jacobs blasts SHS placement secretariat for discrimination

Former Central Regional Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is peeved at the seeming discrimination against indigenes of the Central region.

According to him, pupils from basic schools in the Central region are deliberately blocked by the computerised placement system and are prevented from being posted to second cycle institutions in catchment areas.

Foreigners have flooded Central region schools and local pupils are denied access. This discrimination must stop,” he fumed.

Sharing his frustration on Adom FM’s morning show, Dwaso Nsem, Tuesday, Mr Jacobs said parents in the region are frustrated because their children with good grades have been denied admission to A-list schools like Wesley Girls, Holy Child, Adisadel and Mfantsipim.

“The schools in Cape Coast were built for the poor and needy in the region. I’m very angry,” he stressed.

The former NDC regional chairman appealed to the government to introduce the 30 percent quota system implemented by the erstwhile Mills administration for fair representation.

But, as it stands now, Mr Jacobs said the computerised placement system is characterised by “unfairness and cronyism.”

He cited how the schools in the Central region are now the preserve of the rich and influential people in society; a situation he described as unfair.

“It is unfair to those without connections to high places. It goes against the principle of building a fair society of opportunities for all, regardless of one’s background,” he bemoaned.

Mr Jacobs called on the Minister of Education, Dr Mathew Opoku-Prempeh and the Ghana Education Service to take prompt action on the matter or face his wrath.