Education minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh NAPO
Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, Minister of Education

The Minister for Education, Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, has dismissed allegations that the Akufo-Addo-led government suspended and replaced personnel at the Computerised School Selection Placement System (CSSPS) Secretariat which has contributed to the confusion over the 2019 placement.

According to NAPO, as he is popularly known, the system has been improved upon and has eased the troubles of parents compared to previous years.

“This is not the first time we are using the CSSPS for Senior High School placements but there are deliberate attempts by some people to sabotage the system, we need to commend government for the introduction of the self-placement module,” he said.

Speaking in an interview on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme, NAPO explained he is 100% satisfied with the work done by the management of the system.

“We never suspended anyone at the CSSPS Secretariat so if someone was transferred or suspended, then it wasn’t under the New Patriotic Party administration. If they want to prove us wrong, they should submit evidence of the dismissal to us,” he said.

He added “we only changed the software providers after the contract of the former provider expired and B.K. Grand won the contract at less than a million cedis which will be renewed after a year and they are doing a great job.”

The comments of NAPO followed an allegation by Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Former Deputy Minister for Education, on Joy FM’s News File that the government replaced key personnel at the CSSPS Secretariat with new ones.

“Why do we virtually have to replace experienced hands at the CSSPS Secretariat? I would have thought that at least they will keep the experienced hands,” he noted on the show.

Source: | Gertrude Otchere