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SHS Placement Challenges Should’ve Been Anticipated – Analyst

An Information Technology professional and Deputy General Manager for NIIT, Yaw Amoateng, says the Ghana Education Service should have anticipated the challenges being experienced by users of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) placement website.

According to him, the challenge, which is due to overwhelmed system servers have been recurrent over the years and there was the need for the managers of the system to put in place measures to ensure that the system could cope with heavy website traffic.

Barely 24 hours after the Ghana Education Service (GES) announced that it had released the placements for students who took the 2017 BECE, the website advertised to enable parents and their wards access their Senior High School (SHS) admissions notices has been suffering intermittent downtime.

Those who sought to access the website were met with error notices or managed to get in after several attempts.

According to some prospective SHS students, the situation inconvenienced them as they had to make regular visits to internet cafes to try to access their placements online.

Others who have not been placed yet are also frustrated they have to beat a 48-hour deadline given by the GES to make their preferred choice of school from options provided on the website.

Many fear the current situation may negatively impact the educational calendar for SHSs this year, but Mr. Yaw Amoateng says the development “is really not something new”.

“Every year whenever the results are out and there is school placement, we go through this ritual… I think at the time of the system development, we should have anticipated that this challenge was going to occur at this time. Maybe to see how much load the system was going to take,” he said on Eyewitness News.

Explaining the situation, he said a cursory assessment of the challenges being experienced “impacts on traffic because all of a sudden we have so many people who want to access the information on the site which is not originally designed to accommodate that number of people. There is a lot of traffic and the system is unable to support it.”

While indicating his optimism that the system was being worked on by its managers, he suggested that “Multiple access points could be created so that people can access the information through different routes. Alternatively, you can look at a scalable system so that as and when the traffic comes in, you scale it up to accommodate.”

We’re working to address the problem – Government

Meanwhile, the government says it is working to overcome the Internet-based challenges that have plagued the Computerized School Selection Placement Secretariat (CSSPS), and frustrated Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) graduates trying to beat the deadline for placement.

Addressing the press on Monday, a Deputy Minister of Education in charge of pre-Tertiary Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, said the government shared in the anxiety of parents and is working to resolve the technical challenges.

Apologise To Kenyans – Group To Mahama

The African Youth for Peaceful, Free and Fair Elections is calling on the former President John Dramani Mahama to render an unqualified apology to the people of Kenya, and other inhabitants of the African Continent for his ‘misguided and incompetent role’ during Kenya’s elections.

Kenya’s presidential election has been annulled by the Supreme Court of the country citing irregularities.

In a statement signed by the Group’s President Francis Owusu, it said, ‘Now, it has come to the fore that the elections were mired in fraud, irregularities and violence, which unfortunately were swiftly and flagrantly written off and swept under the rag, particularly by the head of the Commonwealth Observer team dispatched to so-called “observe” the fundamental responsibilities under any democratic dispensation, and to ensure that the polls were held in a free and fair manner’.

The statement wondered why the observer team’s report led by the Former President contradicts that of the court.

It said Mr Mahama’s action has brought the country’s name into public ridicule.

Read details of the statement

AFRICAN YOUTH FOR PEACEFUL, FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS,

FOR RELEASE

2nd September, 2017.

FORMER PRESIDENT JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA MUST APOLOGISE

We, at the AFRICAN YOUTH FOR PEACEFUL, FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS, demand an immediate and unqualified apology from the leader of the Commonwealth Observer Mission, Mr. John Dramani Mahama, to the people of Kenya, and all other inhabitants of the African Continent for his misguided and incompetent role in the observation of the tenets of peaceful, free, fair and violent-free elections in Kenya.

Now, it has come to the fore that the elections were mired in fraud, irregularities and violence, which unfortunately were swiftly and flagrantly written off and swept under the rag, particularly by the head of the Commonwealth Observer team dispatched to so-called “observe” the fundamental responsibilities under any democratic dispensation, and to ensure that the polls were held in a free and fair manner.

Regarding the final verdict handed down by the Supreme Court of Kenya, the highest Court of the land, over the electoral petition by the opposition party, which is in direct contradiction to the report of free and fair elections as declaimed about by the observer team led by our former president, Mr. John Dramani Mahama, it is indicative of the lazy, abysmal and lackadaisical work and approach that were undertaken during the presidential polls.

In the minimum, this has brought the name of our dear country into disrepute, including the legacies and achievement of other eminent Ghanaian leaders, especially with the worst being the potential of sullying the credibility and integrity of future observers while diminishing the opportunities for other Ghanaian citizens who could be given such distinguished roles to play.

Notwithstanding this, the final verdict again has laid bare the fatal harm that this incomplete work by the observer team under the leadership of Mr. John Dramani Mahama have exacted, even leading to the destruction of lives and properties in the aftermath of the disputed results, and the underlying chaotic incidences.

We are by this statement humbly requesting that the former president respectfully comes out openly and clearly to apologize to the Kenyans, and more particularly to Ghanaians for bringing our name into such an unwarranted disrepute and public ridicule.

Thank you.

Signed;

Francis Owusu (President)

Evans Okomeng

(Secretary)

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