SHS placement deadline now end of Sept

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh,Minister of Education

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh,Minister of Education

Prospective Senior High School (SHS) students, who qualified but are yet to be placed due to some technical challenges have been given another lifeline as the deadline for placement has been extended to the end of the month.

This brings to four the number of times the deadline for some 150, 770 affected prospective students to do “self-placement” under the Computerised School Selection Placement System (CSSPS), has been extended.

The initial deadline, which was Sunday, September 3, was extended to Tuesday September 5, to Thursday September 7, to Friday September 8 and now to Saturday, September 30 2017.

The major reason for the extensions was a challenge with the initial online portal for the process but a new website was designated.

A statement signed by Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, on Friday evening to announce the latest extension, assured parents and guardians that no child who qualified for placement would be left out.

The Ghanaian Times on Saturday reported that parents of affected prospective students, in their quest to beat the Friday deadline and secure placement for their wards, besieged the Ministry of Education premises.

Their issues included the placement of some male prospective students in female schools and vice versa and others in school of the deaf although they are neither deaf nor blind.

Some had also been placed in community day schools outside their region of residence while some had been placed in vocational training schools contrary to their desired programme of study.

The Deputy Education Minister in charge of SHS, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, at a media conference on Thursday, announced that 110,000 out of total of 150, 770 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates who qualified but were initially not placed have secured placement.

He said 310,000 out of a total of 424,092 BECE candidates who qualified for placement had printed their placement letters for onward submission to their schools.

They are expected to report to their various schools today for the beginning of 2017/2018 academic year.

By Jonathan Donkor



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