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The Center for Better Society Advocacy and Research-Africa (CEBSAR-Africa), a civil society organization has called for the immediate resignation of the Director General of the Ghana Education service (GES), Professor Opoku Amankwah.
Vice president of CEBSAR-AFRICA, Eric Owusu Darlison, said his organization has observed with deep regret the way and manner the GES has handled this year’s Senior High School placement process.
Parents and pupils have been subjected to psychological trauma in their attempt to seek placement at the various senior high schools.
He said the GES has stated that about 60,000 students could not get placement in any of their choices and such students were given opportunities to place themselves in any school of their choice.
“What we have observed as an organisation is that, this self placement platform has not worked since the day it was announced for students to do self placement.
“Some parents have spent close to Ghc100 buying placement cards to place their wards but to no avail. We see this as a clandestine means by which GES and its affiliates want to extort monies from unsuspecting parents and students. Regional support centres created by the GES to assist students with placement problems have performed abysmally,” he stated.
Owusu said there has been chaotic scenes at greater Accra Regional Support Centre at the Independence square day in day out as students and parents struggle to go through the placement process without success.
According to CEBSAR-AFRICA, “this has been the case across all regional centres and we are of considered opinion that, GES has failed woefully in discharging its duties by subjecting students and parents to this trauma and are by this press release calling on the head of the service to resign with immediate effect and give room to an able and competent person to manage its affairs”.
Source: Emmanuel Adu Gyamfi