Although the government has issued regulations on admission in the senior secondary schools through the placement system, hundreds of children have failed to get into the schools of their parents choice. Parents going through the arduous school choice and application process have started attacking government over the hasty implementation of the free SHS policy.
According to the affected parents, the current system is more complex and skeptical that the new policy can fulfil the hope government gave parents. According to some of the parents their wards were placed in schools they did not apply for although their results qualified them for admission into their schools of choice.
The week of school for some Ghanaian parents had been a struggle as they were turned away from schools their wards have applied as their schools of choice. Thousands of children are still waiting to be placed. Madam Angela Kumi said she has no option than sending her ward to a private school. She said she was not interested in sending her child to a private school as it was expensive and did not offer too many advantages but with this disappointment she has no option than to act against her will”.
Nana Bekoe whose male child was placed at Aburi Girls, said “it is heartbreaking that my male child has to miss one of the most important days of his life, a day he will never get back. I do however sympathise with the schools, as there is not much they can do about the ordeal the government is taking parents through”.
Another parent who was a quest on Kofi Kapito’s show on GTV whose ward was placed at West Africa Secondary School, lauded former President Mahama for building more community day schools. He said “There is a dire need
for more schools in our communities. I am struggling to get my ward enrolled in Kwabenya Community Day School”.
According to Madam Eugenia Bediako, she was told that her child’s choice was full but working hard to ensure that she is placed in a community day school in her area before the end of the term. She said, there is often real
advantage to going to your local school. My child will be part of the family and the community. She said, with the current challenges parents are going through, parents must commend the last administration for building more schools. She said “if the community schools are not meeting aspirations and requirements for our wards,
you have a powerful say in changing the school” she said.