“The Junior High School Placement System Is Chaotic”

Kwabena Agyei Agyapong

The former General secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), and a flagbearer hopeful, Mr. Kwabena Agyei Agyapong has stated that the current system of junior high schools appears to be more chaotic than it was in previous decades.

On February 24, 2023, Mr. Agyapong stated on United Television (UTV) that the JHS system which came to replace the Middle School system in 1987, has not been kind to Ghanaian students. He claims that, back in the days, regardless of social status, students attend sixth form to interact with mature students, who eventually discipline them to make them socially acceptable.

In addition, in the past, children of farmers, carpenters, lawyers, bankers, politicians, businesspeople, and others are all enrolled in the same school, where they form strong bonds until they graduate. And as a result, even the child of the farmer or mason gains self-confidence.

However, today’s children graduate from school without attaining sufficient maturity or knowledge. Kwabena Agyapong’s remarks were in line with the recent chaos in Ghana’s BECE student placement system, where many students have not yet been assigned a school.

The current system is such that, a computer selects a school for you based on the student’s choice. Despite the fact that the students’ school choices have been selected, parents are regrettably moving around in search of a school for their children.

Currently, the placement of students has been a major issue, with some students not being able to attend the school of their choice or even failing to select a school based on the computer system.

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The former General Secretary of the ruling party NPP also complained about this, saying that it shouldn’t have been the way forward. The presidential candidate says that he is not enthused about the placement system at all.

“At first, each student easily and quickly receives admission based on their choice and school selections. The person will be selected by the school of their second or third choice even if they do not receive their first choice. However, the computer system has now made the process chaotic”, he said this on UTV

Mr. Agyapong says he can’t understand this because it could have been done in a more effective way without a hitch.

Mr. Kwabena Agyei Agyapong also spoke more about his plans to become Ghana’s next president, his “rough journey” in life, bad radio hosts who condone unprofessional behaviors on air, and many other topics.

Mr. Agyapong responded that the current business climate in Ghana lacks confidence when the host Agya Kwabena asked about the state of the Ghanaian economy. He suggested that Ghana should make a concerted effort to control our currency in order to keep the economy strong.

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