Any headmaster of a senior high and technical school who will charge unauthorised fee in this year’s admissions, will be dismissed.
The Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Jacob Kor, who gave the warning in a speech read on his behalf in Accra yesterday therefore, directed heads of the schools to only charge fees approved by the service for the 2016/2017 academic year.
Admission of students began today, following the release of the schools placement of candidates who wrote this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in March.
Mr. Kor also charged the heads to strictly admit only students who had been placed by the Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS), warning “that the GES would not allow and accept any protocol admissions”.
In all, 437,958 out of 461,012 candidates who sat for the BECE have been placed into 860 public senior high, technical and vocational schools (SH/TV) in the country.
The figure represents 96.5 per cent of the total number of candidates who wrote the examination as against 95 per cent last year.
The Director-General said about 16,800 students had been placed into the 42 Community Day SHS built over the past three years, while 1,892 others who either deferred or could not go to SH/TV were considered in the placement, based on their raw scores and school choices.
He disclosed that 60 foreigners who applied for an aptitude test organised on September 24 in Accra, were placed.
According to Mr. Kor, the placement analysis carried out on the 2016 BECE results from WAEC showed that there was an exceptional performance in the total scores of the candidates for this year.
“With a total score of 600 being the maximum raw score in six subjects, including four core subjects and other two subjects, about 3,994 candidates scored over 500, which has never happened in the history of BECE,” he said.
Mr. Kor advised heads of schools to ensure that no students on their school placement list were denied admission, stressing that in case of any challenge that might arise out of the admission process, the GES, and the CSSPS would work collaboratively to resolve it.
He urged the candidates to check their placements from the internet, print and send them to their respective schools for admission.
By Charles Amankwa and Benedicta Ampadu Okyere