GES extends BECE candidates placement into SHSs

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has extended the placement of this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates into Senior High School (SHS) by the Computerised School Selection System Placements (CSSPS) to Tuesday.

This is to enable about 150,770 qualified BECE candidates who were not placed in SHS of their choice by the CSSPS to undergo an online registration process to select a school of their choice.

The affected students have up to the end of Tuesday to log into the system to undergo what the GES describes as “Self Placement,” meaning the affected students choosing a school of choice from a list of schools.

The Acting Director-General of the GES, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwah told the Ghanaian Times yesterday, that the extension of the placement of BECE candidates into SHS had become necessary in view of the Fridays holidays and weekend.

“The initial 48 hours deadline given coincided with the long holidays, hence the need to extend the deadline,” he said, adding that feedback received from parents by the GES indicated that a lot of qualified students could not get the scratch card to undergo the registration process.

Prof Opoku-Amankwah explained that the extension would enable the qualified students who could not be placed in the schools of their choice to visit to select a school of their choice from a set of schools, and advised the affected students to take their time and go through the registration.

Asked if the extension period was enough, Prof Opoku-Amankwah responded that “we will take a decision after Tuesday if a lot of students are not able to go through the registration process.”

He said the objective of GES was to ensure that all qualified students reported to school on September 11, 2017 in order not to affect the SHS academic calendar, indicating that SHS students have to go through nine terms (40 weeks) this academic year.

The GES in a statement issued last week, announced that 424,092 students who passed this year’s BECE have been placed in SHS by the CSSPS, and they represent 92 per cent of the 450,941 registered candidates who sat for examination.

The statement said 36,849 candidates constituting eight per cent of the total registered candidates, were not placed because they scored a Grade 9 in either English or Mathematics.

It indicated that during the placement process, 267,327 candidates secured places in schools of their choice, whilst 150, 770 could not be placed in schools of their choice.

The 2017/18 academic year for all senior high schools will commence on September 11, 2017.

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last week launched the free SHS logo, announcing his government’s preparedness to roll out the free SHS programme when school commences in a couple of weeks.

Under the free SHS programme, all first year students who qualify into SHS will not be charged admission, library, science centre, computer laboratory, examination and utility fees.

By Kingsley Asare

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