The National Investigations Bureau, (NIB) has commenced investigations into allegations of corruption in this year’s Senior High School placement processes.

This follows a petition by the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa to the NIB and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to investigate allegations of corruption in the placement of students under the Computerised Schools Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).

Some officers of the GES and the Ministry of Education have been accused of taking bribes of up to GHC7,000 to place students in their preferred schools, bypassing the CSSPS.

A letter signed by the Director-General of the GES, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, on April 5, 2022, and addressed to the NIB, said the GES will cooperate fully to uncover the truth behind these claims.

“Management of Ghana Education Service will be grateful if your office could launch a full-scale investigation into these allegations to establish their authenticity or otherwise,” the letter said.

Also, the Ministry of Education has warned that the CSSPS personnel found receiving bribes to place prospective first-year Senior High School students in their preferred schools will be made to face the law.

About this year’s placement 

At the beginning of the exercise, 555,353 candidates had qualified for placement, and as of last Tuesday, April 19, the number of candidates placed was 525,701.

Out of the number, 367,811 candidates were automatically placed, and 187,542 were unplaced.

Also, a total of 99,239 of the unplaced candidates got placed manually, while 112,198 went through self-placement.

Of the number placed, 379,390 have so far enrolled, with 263,358 of them being boarders, while 116,032 are day students.