Private Education Coalition has directed the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof Amankwa to retract his unacceptable school placement comments which can best be described as a discriminatory invoice to hurt private school students.
He has been told to apologise over a statement he made last week on Asempa FM that students from private schools should be made to sit an entrance test before being given SHS admission.
Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosiisen show, Prof Opoku-Amankwa said he has petitioned the Ministry of Education to reserve 90% ‘Category A’ school placement for public students instead of the current 30%.
“In our various meetings I have suggested 80% or 90% Category A placement to be allocated to students from public schools and those from private schools be made to write an entrance exam before given admission,” he told Asempa.
On the part of private school students, the Professor said he has proposed for the 30% placement slot into public Senior High Schools to be allocated to them adding that “even with that be allowed sit for an entrance examination.”
“I want the 30% ‘Category A’ school allocation currently reserved for public schools to be given to the private school students and even with that allow them to sit for an entrance examination,” he told the host of the Ekosiisen show.
But, the Coalition of Private Education defining the comments of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Director-General about private school students as unfortunate and above all discriminatory has asked him to apologise immediately.
“The Director-General stated unconstitutionally that 90% of places in public SHS ought to be reserved for public school pupils. This is extremely concerning and inflammatory and wishes his statement to be retracted with immediate effect.
Could we have further clarification and reasons for private JHS students having to take entrance examinations for SHS after taking the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)? PEC asked in a press statement dated April 7, 2022.
It added, “PEC is vehement about the future of all children’s education and wishes to reiterate that our concerns are borne out of what seems like the stacking of opportunities against students coming out of the private sector.”
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