GES cautions errant school heads from turning away SHS students

The Ghana Education Service is warning heads of Senior High Schools to desist from rejecting students placed by the computerized placement system.

Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service, Rev. Jonathan Bettey says the placement centre together with the Service do not post more than a school can take at each academic year.

“Where the placement centre sends about 100 students to go there and you realise that a headmaster or administrator cuts down that number. Where should those people go? he asked.

“There is nothing like you can’t take. The Ghana Education Service knows the numerical strength of each school,” he said.

His comments follow repor ts suggesting some 200 prospective students of the Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast were stranded. The school says although it requested for 500, the placement system posted 700 students there.

The school authorities say they are unable to admit students posted there by the computerized school selection placement system.

The situation is not limited to stranded students at Wesley Girls. In Accra Academy, the head master Samuel Ofori-Adjei wants the issue of protocol list of students to be addressed.

The protocol list are those from key stakeholders within a particular a school whose wards are given preferential treatment in terms of admission.

Mr Ofori- Adjei told Joy News Michaela Anderson the protocol list must be factored into the school’s placement system.

But the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service, Rev. Jonathan Bettey said the issue of protocol list must be thoroughly debated.

“Ideally, what we call protocol list is supposed to be factored into the list that is supposed to be brought to you.

We try as much as possible to get that done. I want to take this opportunity to tell the general public if you think that there should be protocol, we should know.

He said sometimes it is difficult to deny key stakeholders the request to have their children admitted into schools.

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