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Deputy education minister cuts short US trip to fix SHS placement mess

The challenges facing the Senior High School computer placement system has forced the Deputy Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum to cut short his trip to the United States to help resolve the issues.

Dr Adutwum who was expected to address a conference he was attending in the US,  will return to offer the team on the ground “a solution to the challenges” that has created chaos.

There were rumours that the deputy minister who is well-vexed with the management of the system, has been sidelined in the placement exercise this year, with claims that his login credentials were revoked.

Problems associated with the computerised school selection and placement system has caused thousands of desperate prospective SHS students from across the country and their parents to throng the Independence Square anticipating to have their issues resolved.

But a chaotic atmosphere caused a mini stampede leading to the collapse of some students and parents.

Issues ranging from non-placement and wrongful placement among others have triggered public outrage with critics questioning the competence of the managers of the system in view of the recurring issues.

Education Minister Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh has refused to answer questions on the challenges when asked by journalists at a teacher conference to respond to the issues that have come up.

He also retorted that he’s not going to distract”, but assured the public he would later “address the placement issues”.

The Ghana Education Service has claimed that the computer placement system was hacked.

The deputy Education Minister Dr K.B. Tandoh said there were some sabotage and cyber issues where people were trying to enter the system both from home and abroad.  The Coordinator of the computer placement system Dr. George Atta-Boateng, the issues arising was partly the cause of new software used by the GES for this year’s placement exercise.

by: Esther Angrah

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