General News of Monday, 10 October 2011

Source: citifmonline

School placement system is error-free – CSSPS director

The head of the Computer Schools Selection and Placement System (CSSPS), Samuel Oppong, has dared anyone to challenge the authenticity of the system after having come under heavy public backlash recently.

Parents have been crying out over the wrong placement of their wards to second cycle schools they never selected, but officials of the CSSPS have denied any wrong doing since they work on information that comes through from the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).

Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show on Monday, Mr Oppong said the system is error-free and the perennial brouhaha surrounding the placement system should be placed at the door steps of both the students and WAEC.

“It is not possible we give someone a school they have not chosen,” the CSSPS head told host Bernard Avle. “If there are errors then it means it happened at the time that they were registering with the WAEC because we pick the information from them. ”

“There is a simple statement, ‘garbage in garbage out’. When you register and you have the wrong code it will send you to the wrong school. ”

Oppong said most of the students are agitating because they were not given their first choice schools, however, he explained that it is not automatic that everyone would be given their first schools, hence the directive for them to select six schools.

“We can’t have all candidates posted to their first choice school, it’s impossible,” he emphasised.

“That is why we have asked for six choices. So for example, Accra Academy want 500 candidates and we have 1,500 candidates, we arrange all of them in order of merit and we then break it down into order of programmes, so if for science they want 200 candidates, we arrange them and if there are 300 of them it cuts off from there and send the rest to their second choice to go and compete and when you are displaced we send you to your third choice. ”

Mr Oppong added: “The problem is vacancy, we would have loved to place all candidates in their first choice schools, but it is impossible so that is why we think that the second arrangement of 30 per cent we have reserved for candidates within a catchment area is another way to let them know the school belong to them. ”

The CSSPS boss noted that they are working around the clock to ensure that every student’s data is entered into the system before the placement officially ends on Thursday while denying allegations that they take bribe from people to give them better placements.