Police have arrested eight people in connection with JoyNews and Fourth Estate’s latest investigative piece, “School Placement for Sale,” which revealed widespread fraud in the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSPSS).
The suspects have been charged and arraigned, according to Manasseh Azure, editor-in-chief of Fourth Estate.
However, he claimed that two more are still at large.
The Ghana Education Service, Director General, and the Ministry of Education were the only parties who could have approved any placement into a category A school, according to Mr. Azure. He continued, “Police have taken whatever evidence that they need from us and we hope that as time goes on they may be able to reach out beyond these eight.”
The arrest follows a JoyNews and The Fourth Estate documentary that exposed how the CSSPS for students to Senior High Schools has been corrupted and is no longer based on merit but instead necessitates the payment of enormous sums of money to warrant admission into desired schools category.
According to the most recent investigation by The Fourth Estate’s Adwoa Adobea-Owusu and Evans Aziamor-Mensah, protocol placements into category A schools were sold in 2022 despite the fact that only the Minister of Education and the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service could approve such placements.
According to the documentary, 10% of slots are typically set aside for protocol placements.
Further investigation revealed that some parents spent up to 20,000 cedis to enrol their kids in prestigious senior high schools.
According to the investigative documentary, people have been known to pay as much as 10,000 cedis to keep a slot open in some instances.
Some claim that the practise has been in place for a very long time but has only recently come to light because the payments are getting so high.
The CSSPS was implemented to end corruption in the placement process, but some citizens and elected officials have worked together to undermine it.
Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwah, the recently retired Director-General of the GES, names those who ought to be held accountable for systemic fraud in the meantime.
“If there was fraud involved, I as the Director General and Minister should be held accountable. I completely agree with that and accept that,” he said.