Scores of parents and their children yesterday trooped to the Black Star Square to lodge complaints of challenges they are facing with the Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS)
The Daily Graphic sighted parents in long queues waiting for their turn to lodge their complaints.
Some of the complaints had to do with no placement of school, change of school due to
Other concerns were that despite obtaining good grades, some students were not placed in their preferred school of choice.
The officials took down the names of the candidates and their contacts
In addition, the students were made to state their first and second options of schools on Free SHS complaints forms.
In an interview with the Instructional Coordinator for the Secondary Improvement Project,
That, he said, applied to all placed candidates irrespective of whether they were under the Green or Gold Track.
“It is just like everybody is admitted to
He said students who were placed under the Gold Track must go through the registration exercise now and wait for their date of admission, which would be on November 8, 2018.
Double-track school calendar
On the double-track school calendar,
“The Gold Track students will spend 81 days, making the full semester and will be joined by those under the green track after 40 days and the two tracks will be in school together for 40 days to end the semester,” he explained.
He stated that at the end of the 81 days making the semester, the Gold Track students would go on vacation, while the Green Track students would continue for the next 40 days in the second semester before vacating to allow the Gold Track students to also begin their second semester.
“The Green Track students will then stay home for 41 days before joining the Gold Track for 40 days to end the second semester,”
Christmas and Easter breaks
He added that the same would apply during the Easter season for the green track students who would also be in school by then while the Gold Track students would be on vacation.
The Deputy Minister of Education,
He gave an assurance that there were enough vacancies to contain all qualified candidates and urged them to go for the self-placement to enable them to also enjoy free SHS.
"There are over 500,000 vacancies because of the double-track system and we had over 490,000 students qualified," he explained.
The deputy minister said the contact hours under the double-track system would be 1,134 hours per year compared with 1,080 hours under the single track.
He said the teachers would have more time to mark their scripts and also undertake professional development courses because instead of the 180 teaching days as was the case in the single track, now the teaching days would be 162
Touching on unqualified candidates, the Head of Public Relations at the Ghana Education Service (GES),
She further indicated that the number of the candidates also included those whose raw score was 140 and below.