The Institute for Education Studies (IFEST) has said the numerous media reports on the challenges that have bedevilled the CSSPS this year are unfortunate.
IFEST notes that the system which was implemented in 2005 to help solve the problems of the manual system of school selection and placement has created more problems.
“We recall that, the problems such as favouritism, unfairness, corruption and instances where heads of SHSs were seen as very powerful while most parents and students had to go through stressful weeks before they were able to secure schools resulted in the adoption of the current model.
“The recent challenges of the CSSPS if not addressed will lead to problems which outweighs what the manual system presented. What even makes this more worrisome is the recurrent nature of the challenges that the CSSPS presents,” IFEST said in a statement.
IFEST is, therefore, calling on the Computer Selection and School Placement System Secretariat to activate and widely publicise various regional centres to help curb the situation which the country witnessed on the Monday, 16 September 2019 at the independence square.
“This should be done immediately as the secretariat works together with all relevant stakeholders to fix all its challenges permanently,“ the Institute said in a release.
It added: “In the short to long term, we call on the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to carry out a human resource audit of the personnel at the CSSPS secretariat and identify the areas of need so that steps will be taken to improve the human resource capacity of the secretariat. Again, the secretariat should be resourced to upgrade their system to accommodate the increasing number of students that go through the selection and placement process. Also, there should be constant education on the processes of school selection to parents intermittently and not wait till few weeks to the selection process. This could be carried out through the initiative of school heads, PTAs, GES and relevant stakeholders.”
The statement signed by its acting Executive Director, Peter Anti Partey, said there is no justification for the annual problem at a time when there are advanced technologies across the globe that can be adopted to fix this.
“Empirical studies on the public perception of the CSSPS suggest that its introduction has not been able to eliminate the problems of the manual system fully, in fact, we think, it is time to undertake a complete review of the whole placement system and redesign it to be fit for purpose. We should not be back to this issue next year,” the statement said.