2016 BECE records marked improvement

Mr. Jacob Kor.

Mr. Jacob Kor.

Mr. Jacob A. Kor, Director–General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), says there was an exceptional performance in the total scores of candidates for the 2016 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results.

West African Examination Council statistics indicate that in a total score of 600 being the maximum raw score in six subjects, 3,994 candidates got more than 500, which according to Mr. Kor, has never happened before in the history of BECE in Ghana.

“The GES and the Ministry of Education wishes to congratulate all candidates and teachers for their hard work, which has brought drastic improvement in students’ performance in the 2016 BECE,” he stated.

Mr. Kor who announced the arrangements for the 2016 Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) in Accra, said vacancies have been created from 860 public and private senior high, technical and vocational institutes.

He said the vacancies also include the community day senior High Schools which would start admissions of the first batch for the 2016/2017 academic year.

He also advised all heads of school to ensure that no student on their placement list “is denied admission into the school for any reason.”

In addition, he autioned all heads of schools to refrain from charging students unauthorised fees.

“No head of school should charge unauthorised fees; anyone who does so will lose his or her position as head,” he stressed.

He stated that the Education Ministry and GES do not encourage protocol admission, therefore, in accordance with the CSSPS guidelines, students who do not get their first choice would be placed in their second and third choices.

“The Management of GES urged all heads of schools to comply with these directives,” he said.

He also assured parents and students that all qualified candidates would be placed by the end of the exercise.

Meanwhile, first year students are to report to school by Friday, October 7, in readiness for classes to begin on October 10.

GNA

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