Energy Minister, Dr Mathew Opoku-Prempeh

Education Minister, Dr Mathew Opoku-Prempeh says some unscrupulous people were contracted to cause confusion at the Black Star Square following a process to secure placements for Junior High School (JHS) graduates.

Describing the incident as unfortunate, Dr Opoku-Prempeh noted that many of those who stormed the Independence Square were bused there to cause confusion.

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He said the aim of such people is just to make the Akufo-Addo led-government unpopular as far as government’s free Senior High School (SHS) policy is concerned.

“Some people are bent on destroying government’s free SHS policy but it won’t work. Unscrupulous selfish persons wanting to drag the name of government in the mud are behind chaos at Independence Square.

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Some parents and pupils at the Independence Square

“People are jealous we are giving the poor education. We shall continue to serve the masses,” he said.

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The Education Minister was speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosi Sen show, Tuesday in reaction to the mayhem that characterised the placement system.

The Computerised School Selection Placement System (CSSPS) matches JHS graduates with SHSs they wish to attend based on criteria.

This, however, has been dotted with challenges with allegations of inappropriate placements.

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However, NAPO, as he is affectionately called, said the CSSPS has had about 85 percent success rate this year, hence, it has been well managed.

He wondered why a process such as the CSSPS, which was introduced by his government, has been hit with chaos when it has been smooth since its inception.

Source: | Dorcas Abedu-Kennedy