Deputy Executive Director of the National Service Scheme, Dr. Gifty Oware-Aboagye, says postings for prospective personnel for the 2021/2022 service year have not been released.
She noted that as part of the processes involved in releasing the postings, SMS messages will be sent to all prospective National Service Persons, something that has not been done yet.
“It is not true postings have been released because when we release postings we send SMS to all our personnel which has not been done.
“Rather, what happened was, last night, as a process of always wanting to see how our interface looks like, we opened our interface,” Dr. Oware-Aboagye disclosed this in an interview on GTV, Monday.
She added: “There are still National service personnel who are apprehended and are always online to check if it (postings) were released. So, in the course of the process, some of them saw it and they kept opening the system…so then they were able to access it.”
In the early hours of Monday, August 30, 2021, some prospective personnel received postings after they logged onto their NSS dashboards, but the postings were shortly later withheld.
A circular message purporting to have come from the Scheme read: “The NSS posting you are seeing is a system-check one. We shall release the official postings on Wednesday.”
Dr. Oware-Aboagye denied any knowledge of that message, saying “that’s not true; the only NSS page we have on Twitter is @nss which has no ‘gh’.”
Why are postings being delayed?
The Deputy Executive Director of the National Service Scheme, Dr. Oware-Aboagye, attributed the delay in releasing the postings to the discrepancies in the completion dates for the various public tertiary institutions.
She observed that it is impossible for them to release postings while students are yet to complete their education.
“It’s August 30; most schools have not been able to complete; our process commences when schools complete so you cannot do National Service whiles in school.
“You’re supposed to be a graduate before you do service so the effects on academia are also affecting us. Almost all our processes are done, we are only waiting for schools to finally say that ‘we are done with school, our people have graduated’ then we can proceed for National Service to commence.” she stated.
She revealed that “we’ve been in touch with NTC and other agencies that manage these places; we cannot let people who are already in school come and be doing service.”