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Parents urged to support Computerized School Placement System

Accra, Aug. 1, GNA – Mr Kwasi Abankwa Anokye, the National Co-ordinator of the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS), has called on parents to support the System to ensure quality education.

Accra, Aug. 1, GNA – Mr Kwasi Abankwa Anokye, the National Co-ordinator of the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS), has called on parents to support the System to ensure quality education.

    He said non participation by parents in the registration of their wards, choice of school without reference to parent’s financial preparedness, non-acceptance of placement results and inaccurate data provided by candidates during registration by the West African Examination Council were hampering the smooth running of the System.
 
    Mr Anokye made the call at the graduation and Speech and Prize-Giving Day of the St. Andy’s Preparatory School at Ashiyie, near Madina in Accra.

    It was on the theme: “Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) Computer Selection Process: How it Works’’.

    Mr Anokye said the long term objective of the education reform was to achieve universal basic education, expand and increase access to secondary and tertiary education and reduce the number of years spent in school.

     To achieve this, he said, the education system was given a new focus with emphasis on quality and diversification in content adding that the criteria for the selection and placement of qualified BECE candidates into second cycle institutions were also changed.

     Mr Anokye said the CSSPS which became operational in the year 2005 played a major role in this transition as its operations were intended to reduce human errors by dependence on technology.

     He said the decision to automate the selection and placement of successful BECE candidates into senior high schools, technical and vocational institutes was a measure taken to address a number of weaknesses inherent in the manual operation.

     These include the use of hard copy placement cards, the annual regional selection exercise and the regionalised choice of schools which was restrictive and subject to national disintegration.

       Mr Anokye said the CSSPS, apart from placing candidates, had taken advantage of the huge potential technology provided to introduce innovations such as candidates checking their BECE results online and also using mobile phones to easily access placement results.

      He said access into senior high schools, technical and vocational institutes ns had greatly improved with the inception of the system as nearly 90 to 95 per cent of BECE candidates were selected and placed in their chosen second cycle schools.

      Mr Anokye said the introduction of school digests to advertise all senior high schools and technical institutions, continuous and intensive public education, documentary on CSSPS and flyers were some of the strategies put in place to resolve some of the challenges.

        He commended the school authorities for their hard work that had made the school to chalk successes over the years.

        Mr Ernest Akrofi Obeng, the Headmaster of the school, said the 28 candidates who were presented for the BECE last year had 100 per cent pass.

        He said there were some workshops and seminars for the staff and teachers aimed at building their capacity to ensure effective teaching and administration of the school.

         Mr Obeng commended the staff and the teachers for their relentless efforts in making the school one of the best in Accra.

         Staff and students who excelled during the year were honoured.

 

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