The Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Director of the Ghana Education Service, Sally Nelly Coleman has revealed that over 137,000 fresh students placed in the 2023 Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) into Senior High Schools and Technical and Vocational Education and Training Schools across the country, have not showed up for admissions in their various Senior High Schools.

She described the situation as very worrying.

“About 590,000 were placed in the various schools nationwide. So far, 453,000 have reported for admissions. So about 137,000 are still home, they have not reported to their various schools for admissions. We are pleading with parents to go for the admissions” ” she told Nhyiraba Paa Kwesi Simpson, the host of Connect FM’s Omanbapa Morning Show.

The Ghana Education Service in the latter part of last year, released the computer placement list for fresh students who were to be admitted into the various Senior High Schools in the country. The reopening date was also stated as January 3, 2024.

It however appears that, many of the students are still not ready for admission.

Daniel Vroom-Laryea, the Western Regional Chairman of the National Council of Parent Teacher Associations indicated in an interview on Connect FM’s Omanbapa morning show that many factors have contributed to the current situation.

He says there are more hidden issues to the current free Senior High School than what the public is aware.

“The re-opening time of the schools was not favorable for both parents and the students. Cocoa farmers in the rural areas are complaining that they had little yield in the year and so they don’t have the money to take their children to school. They must fill their chop boxes, some parents are even renting for their children to be in school, they must buy a lot of things for them to be in school. So all those who have not reported, it is due to financial issues. The free SHS is becoming more expensive than we thought. There are more hidden issues to the free senior high school than we have all been made to believe,” he indicated.

He indicates that the Free Senior High School Policy has become very expensive, but the Parents Association is being prevented by the government from helping the situation.

“Parents are now being prevented from helping the schools, but we must know that free SHS is meaningless without the support of parents. We even recorded over 21 pregnancies in one of the senior high schools last year, because the school had no wall, and the students were being sneaked out. We are not being made to help, the government has stopped PTA from doing everything in the schools and that is a problem”, he added.

Source: 3news

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