GNACOPS will petition the government: Research on the detrimental effects of the 30% Senior High School (SHS) placement slot given to students from the nation’s public Junior High Schools is now being conducted by the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS).
The Private Council stated in a statement sent to our editorial staff that the results of the research would be presented to Parliament for a decision on the discriminatory computer school placement policy against kids from private schools.
“The data we collect will be utilised to support our efforts in fighting for a fair and equitable education policy that benefits all schools, regardless of whether they are public or private school kids,” the Council stated in the statement.
In a similar event, the Director of GNACOPS said that the Ministry of Education is researching the 30% Senior High School placement policy, which rewards placing public Junior High School pupils into “Category A” second-cycle institutions.
Mr Gyetuah, Director of the Private Schools Council, said that the policy of allocating 30% of public junior high school pupils to “Category A” schools is a lax one in an interview that was seen by our editorial staff.
The GNACOPS Director stated, “The Minister for Education met with us last Monday and he said he will look into how best to modify the 30% quota policy after researching the placement of BECE graduates in computer schools.
The Executive Director of the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) has demanded that, rather than a review, the 30% Category A school placement policy be completely abandoned due to prejudice against private BECE graduates.
Obengfo Kwasi Gyetuah said, “We don’t agree to the review of the policy, it’s not about a review, it’s about completely doing rid of the 30% quota school placement policy because it’s harming quality education in the country.
To prevent certain difficulties with school placement, the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has urged the Ministry of Education to discontinue classifying Senior High Schools such as (A, B, C, and D).
The division of second-cycle schools into several groups based on their academic achievement, according to Thomas Musah, general secretary of GNAT, is not serving any purpose, he claimed in an interview.
According to the secretary of the teaching union, the categorization gives the impression that public senior high schools outside of Categories A and B are not up to par, which he described as a serious difficulty that must be taken into account.
Mr Thomas Musah stated that “if you categorize one school as A, another as B, and yet another as C, it gives the idea that the C schools are not excellent, and I think we must do away with the grades A, B, C, and D (categorization)”.