If you take a bribe, we’ll prosecute you, the education ministry warns CSSPS employees

When officials from the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) are caught accepting bribes to place prospective first-year Senior High School students in their preferred schools, they will be prosecuted, according to the Ministry of Education.

 

This comes after multiple allegations from parents who claim they were forced to pay bribes to CSSPS staff before their children could be placed in different Senior high schools.

Currently, several JHS graduates who are facing difficulties have yet to resolve issues related to their school placement.

 

On Monday and Tuesday, Our team visited the National Resolution Centre at the GNAT Hall in Accra, where it was revealed that the majority of impacted pupils were yet to obtain schools for themselves.

 

 

 

In an interview , the Public Relations Officer for the Ministry of Education, Kwasi Kwarteng, urged Ghanaians to report those who are engaging in the criminal behavior to the police for further action.

“We had released a statement warning parents against such behaviors before the placement was made public. We taught parents that placement is based on merit, and that any allegations of exploitation should be reported to the Ministry of Education.”

 

“The point is, why would parents pay to have their children put in the first place when they have the option of self-placement?”

 

He acknowledged that such situations may exist, as they do in other institutions, but added that the Ministry is working with security authorities to guarantee that anyone found guilty are held accountable.

 

“If you take a bribe, we will prosecute you,” he said.

He refuted assertions by the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) that WAEC penalizes private school BECE applicants in an attempt to close the achievement gap with their public school peers.

 

“The records are unmistakable. The majority of pupils who are accepted into oversubscribed schools are from private institutions. So I respectfully request that you postpone on this,” he said.

 

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