SHS school placement: Parents, children besiege Accra Resolution Centre to address challenges

Hundreds of par­ents and their children yesterday thronged the Accra Resolution Centre to address challenges with their wards’ school placement.

The centre located at the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) at Adabraka was jam-parked with parents tumbling over each other all in a bid to have their concerns addressed.

It took a high sense of profes­sionalism by officials led by the Deputy Coordinator of the Free Senior High School (FSHS), Nana Afra Sika Mensah and the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education, Larry Botchwey with assistance of the police to avert chaos at the centre.

One could hear officials through the public address system available urging parents and students to be calm as each and everyone’s con­cerns would be address.

In addition, they were being asked not to pay monies to individ­uals or groups who purported to be officials as the service was free of charge.

While some were there to change the school offered their wards, others were there to either secure placement or change the status of their wards offering.

A number of parents who spoke to the Ghanaian Times, said they were there to either change the schools their wards had been given or to change their status from boarding today or vice versa.

According to Mr Alex Thomp­son, even though his son had aggregate 13, he was placed in his fourth choice of school and was there to see if he could change it for his ward.

He said even though, the school in question was one chosen by his ward, he was not happy with it.

Similarly, Janet Allotey said she was there to secure placement for her son since her checks revealed that the son was not placed into any of the schools of his choice.

She said she got to the resolution centre at about 5:45 am and was hopeful that she would be able to find a very good school for her son.

Another parent who gave her name only as Boatemaa, said even though, her daughter chose board­ing, she had been placed in a day school.

As a result, she was there to effect the changes to reflect her choice of status.

Speaking to the Ghanaian Times, Nana Afrah Mensah said the reso­lution centres had been put in place to ensure that every concern of parents would be addressed.

She, therefore, urged all parents to remain calm and rest assured that all concerns would be resolved.

Nana said the centre would be in operation for the six weeks and it all formed part of the mechanisms put in place to ensure that every child.


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