Ghana Education Service Introduces ‘National Prospectus’ for Senior High and Technical Schools
In a groundbreaking move, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has introduced the ‘National Prospectus,’ a first-ever harmonized guide for senior high and technical schools in the country. This innovative approach, codenamed the ‘National Prospectus,’ is aimed at providing clarity for prospective first-year students, eliminating any uncertainties regarding the requirements for newcomers.
Under this new directive, all schools are mandated to strictly adhere to the national prospectus, refraining from imposing additional items beyond the officially prescribed essentials. Notably, parents will no longer have to delay their preparations until the rollout of the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) to shop for their children.
The national prospectus is thoughtfully categorized into basic needs and cleaning materials, streamlining the shopping process for parents. Let’s delve into the categorization:
Category ‘A’ encompasses fundamental items like hard body suitcases or trunks, chop boxes or hard plastic containers, toiletries, bedding, school-specific footwear, underwear, cutlery, and educational materials such as mathematical sets and scientific calculators.
The second category includes detergents, sanitary and cleaning materials like liquid soap, hand gloves, washing powder, bleach, brooms, standing mops, mop buckets, and scrubbing brushes.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Graphic, Dr. Eric Nkansah, the Director-General of the GES, emphasized that this initiative aims to facilitate early preparation for parents. Knowing the required items in advance allows parents to purchase them well before the CSSPS placement is released, bringing joy and convenience.
Dr. Nkansah highlighted the necessity of the harmonized prospectus, aiming to eliminate unnecessary items and prevent schools from using them as barriers to timely student enrollment. He advised schools not to base admissions on a student’s ability to procure all items but urged parents to adhere to the outlined prospectus, emphasizing that the cost is reasonable and within reach for all parents.
Acknowledging the collaborative effort behind the national prospectus, Dr. Nkansah credited a committee comprising representatives from the GES, Free SHS Secretariat, TVET Service, and the crucial input from the Conference of Heads of Government-Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS).
In a final note, Dr. Nkansah encouraged students to emboss or embroider all personal items with their names to prevent theft. This holistic approach reflects the commitment to transparency, affordability, and an improved experience for both students and parents in the Ghanaian education system.