Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister for Education says this year's 2019 SHS placement system is the best ever the country has witnessed despite the challenges. The Minister speaking at a press briefing on Thursday, September 19, 2019, says the records clearly show that this year’s placement system is an improvement on the previous years that Computerised School Selection Placement System has been in effect.
His comments are in contrast with the chaos that was witnessed at the Black Star Square where hundreds of desperate parents, guardians, and students besieged the Accra Solution Centre set up by the GES to handle concerns relating to the placement of prospective students in SHSs and TVIs.
The Minister said: “We are going to put in place measures so that this thing won’t happen again next year. Another fact we have resolutions centres in 16 regions not only Greater Accra…in the 15 regions we never heard what happened in Accra.
“So maybe next year we will expand our call centres and increase the number of people so that people who want to take advantage of demonstrating can go to the police and demonstrate but not use the pretext of school placement system to portray and create the impression that it is the worst, this year is the best since we started in 2005 and the records are there to show.”
The chaos at the Black Star Square led to the suspension of the placement exercise.
The Minister, however, maintains that most of the fainting and agitation at the Black Star Square was stage-managed.
He accused his political opponent of being behind the act and says they have intentions of collapsing Ghana.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) who believe the Minister was talking about them issued a press statement denying the claim and urged the Minister to retract his comment if not must be dismissed by President Akufo-Addo.