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SHS placement system was ‘sabotaged’ – GES

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has alleged that, amongst other challenges the Computerized School Selection and Placement System is faced with, it was hacked.

A Deputy Director General at the GES, Dr. K.B. Tandoh, said some saboteurs both within and outside the country, are responsible for the hack.

Dr. K.B. Tandoh, while speaking on Citi TV’s Point of View show said the hackers were preventing a smooth process.

There was some sabotage, in terms of people trying to penetrate the system. People who didn’t want the system to work and so there were cyber issues happening where people were trying to enter the system. From both home and abroad,” he said.

Meanwhile, a former Coordinator of the Computerized School Selection Placement System (CSSPS), Dr. George Atta-Boateng, partly blamed the challenges with the placement of SHS students on the new placement software used by the GES.

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Dr. Atta-Boateng said the new software procured by the GES was placing students based on their agregates rather than their raw scores hence the challenge.

“The Ministry of Education introduced a new software this year. If we are seeing all these problems, will you call this [software] a solution? Gov’t has switched from the use of the raw scores to the aggregates so the entire placement process is based on the aggregates,” he noted.

The problems in the SHS placement culminated in thousands of students and their parents or guardians trooping to the Black Star Square to rectify errors with their placement.

As Senior High schools reopen this week, a number of the students who qualified have not yet been placed by the Computerised Placement System for varying reason prompting renewed criticism of the process.

Others who were also placed want new placements.

 

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