Govt gives lifeline to JHS leavers to resit BECE

The government has given clearance for all Junior High School Students who failed to gain access into the Senior High School (SHS) due to poor performance to be re-admitted and registered for the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE).

This is to offer the students the opportunity to re-sit and better their results to gain admission next academic year

It is expected that the over 30,000 JHS students who failed to qualify for the 2019 placement to SHS would take advantage of the opportunity and register to re-sit their examination.

The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, who disclosed this to the Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday said the decision formed part of the government’s commitment to improve access and quality in secondary education in the country.

He said the offer was available to all those who failed to qualify to gain access to SHS and both the students and their parents must seize the opportunity to ensure they received placement next academic year.

“By this letter, all heads of public JHS are to ensure that all such students who report at the schools are re-admitted and re-registered for the 2020 BECE,” he stated.

In addition, he said regional directors were to supervise their respective district directors to ensure that all head teachers and affected students duly complied with the directive, stressing that “management counts on the maximum cooperation of all stakeholders in this exercise.”

Meanwhile, the management of the GES has announced that it would close placement into Senior High Schools for the 2019 academic year today.

However, enrolment into SHS would end on Thursday, December 5.

It has, therefore, directed all parents and students to take note and comply with the directive accordingly.

By Cliff Ekuful

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