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Several days into its operation, the Upper West Regional Resolution centre of the Ghana Education service is still sorting out placement issues emerging from the of Computerized School Selection Placement System (CSSPS).

The Centre, is not overwhelmed with parents and students as witnessed at the national capital, Accra. 

Speaking to Radio Ghana at Wa, the Upper West Regional Coordinator for Free Senior High School, Moomen Yussif, encouraged affected parents and students to visit the centre and resolve all the issues encountered during the admission of their wards.

He advised parents against paying money to unauthorized persons with hope of securing school placement for their wards.  

Ten Resolution Centres have been setup throughout the country to deal with all placement issues of students who wrote their BECE and want to further the education to the senior high school level. 

The Upper West Regional Coordinator for Free Senior High School, Moomen Yussif said the most common problem in the region is that although most students have gained admission into certain schools, they are denied admittance in the school because their names and details are not on the school’s list.

Mr. Yussif cited the Wa Technical Institute as an example of such schools with placement problems.

He said other problems have arisen because both parents and students have refused to follow strict directives given under the self-placement system.

“When the directives come that go and do this [take particular steps to set up the self-placement system], you have to go and do it. Here is the case you see some of them going to do the self-placement [from the Upper West Region], selecting schools in Accra as a day school,” he lamented.

He said such individuals then come and feign ignorance in the problems created. 

Mr Yussif advised both parents and students to remain calm as every child who has qualified for school, would be placed.

Radio Ghana spoke with some parents at the Resolution Centre.

One of the guardians disclosed that his ward had been given admission to be a day student at the Wa Senior High School although they both live at Siriyiri in the Wa West District.

He said commuting daily would be impossible thus the need to rectify the situation. He was confident that issues would be resolved quickly.

Another parent explained that a café attendant had completed the self-placement process for his daughter without their consent and therefore needed a change.

He said his concerns had been noted by the Free SHS Coordinator who assured him that the discrepancies would be resolved.

Others who spoke said apart from when the system for the placement went down, the entire process had been smooth.

Story filed by Mark Smith

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