Protocols for school placement must not be scrapped – PNC Youth Organiser

Education Minister Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum

The National Youth Organiser of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Mark Ewusi Arkoh, has backed the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, in the raging controversy about protocol lists for the computerised school selection and placement.

Concerns have been raised about bribery and corruption with this list and, already, calls have heightened for it to be scrapped.

But in a statement on Friday, February 3, Mr Ewusi Arkoh said the scrapping of the protocol list may affect development in education “if care is not taken”.

“Protocol in the computerized placement system cannot be sited as part of the reason people have been defrauded,” he stressed.

“So far as I am concerned, protocol list is basically awarded or given to people who merit it and not the goro boys as claimed.

“One greatest opportunity given to many students from deprived areas who never may afford to access top schools are through the intervention of protocol list given to them through their chiefs and some clergy men including leading political actors.

“I therefore disagree to calls suggesting that school placement protocol should be scrapped.”

He urged Ghanaians to support the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES) “to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the alleged bribery that took place”.

“We cannot run down the good works of the Minister of Education just because someone has taken bribe.

“I, therefore, call on well meaning Ghanaians to support the minister Dr Yaw Adutwum and the Ministry to deliver their responsibilities as a contribution to Ghana’s development.”

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