Parliament to summon Education Minister over SHS Computerized placement scandal

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On February 11, 2023, the Parliamentary Education Committee plans to summon Education Minister Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum to testify over suspected corruption in the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).

The Computerized School Selection and Placement System has come under fire when claims surfaced that some people were paid to switch the schools that certain parents’ children attended.

Dr. Clement Apaak, the deputy ranking member of the education committee of parliament, stated in an interview with Citi News monitored by Ghanatodayonline.com that the committee wants to hear from the education minister about the steps he is doing to stop suspected unethical actions during school placement in the future.

A committee was appointed by the education ministry to look into the claims.

Dr. Apaak stated that Parliament would like for the entire nation to be informed about the investigations’ status.

“Our goal is to get to hear what the outcome of that committee’s work has been and what recommendation has been made, and we want to seek from the Minister how we can ensure that this does not reoccur given that there are going to be placements next week.”

“Essentially, our goal is to ensure that students who qualify on the basis of merit to be placed in grade-A schools are not short-changed because somebody is profiting for having access to the system.”

People found to be responsible in the most recent exposé on the SHS school placement would be dealt with, according to Minister of Education Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum.

In response to the documentary that aired on Monday, Mr. Adutwum vowed to cooperate with the appropriate security authorities to guarantee that the illegality does not occur while he is in office.

“If this is going on, there is a cartel. It has to be stopped and I will work with security agencies to make sure this does not happen under me as the Minister for Education.

“Free SHS is not for sale, so if anybody thinks they can manipulate the system and do something untoward, it has to be stopped,” Adutwum stated.

His remarks are made in light of the Fourth Estate documentary, which revealed that the CSSPS for pupils applying to Senior High Schools has been corrupted and is no longer based on merit and now necessitates the payment of astronomical sums of money in order to be admitted to some schools.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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