SHS placement to be finalized
by September 28
Accra, Sept. 2, Ghanadot/GNA – Mr Alex Tettey-Enyo, Minister of
Education, on Tuesday announced that the Senior High School
(SHS) placement report for the recent Basic Education
Certificate Examination (BECE) will be available in schools
by September 28, 2009.
He, therefore, advised candidates and their parents to wait
until the reports reached the Junior High Schools where they
were expected to complete placement forms.
“Candidates could however access information on placement
result through the SMS on the mobile networks. Code for
accessing the information will be confirmed as soon as the
placement exercise is completed, hopefully by Tuesday,
September 15, 2009.”
Mr Tettey-Enyo announced this at the maiden edition of a
programme dubbed: “Matters Arising” organized by the
Ministry of Information in a form of a press conference to
answer to pertinent issues as and when necessary.
He said it will take approximately 14 days to run the
Computerized School Selection Placement System (CSSPS)
software and additional 14 days to process the placement
report which involved sorting, packaging and dispatch to
schools through the regional and district directorates.
Mr Tettey-Enyo explained that to qualify for placement, a
candidate’s grade in any of the four core subjects should
not exceed five and the total grade must not exceed 30.
“A Candidate who has any of his core subject cancelled by
the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) will be deemed
not qualified for selection and placement.”
Giving statistics, Mr Tettey-Enyo said the number of
candidates that took the 2009 BECE was 395,647 while those
qualified by the approved Ghana Education Service Criteria
He, however, said the total number of vacancies declared by
public SHS and Technical Institution as of now was 198,000
in addition to vacancies in existing private schools.
Mr Tettey-Enyo said the Ministry in collaboration with the
Council of Technical and Vocational Education Training (COTVET)
will implement an apprenticeship scheme for those unable to
enter second cycle institution.
The Minister said the placement form must be submitted to
the District, Municipal or Metropolitan Directorate of
Education where the candidates attended Junior High School
for the form to be endorsed by the Directors for submission
to heads of second cycle institutions.
He urged the directorates to ensure that they put in place
appropriate strategies to facilitate the completion of the
form in the Junior High School and their subsequent
endorsement to avoid undue delays in the admission process.
Mr Tettey-Enyo said “We expect the Directorates to complete
the exercise within five days,” he said advising the heads
of JHS to be at post to receive placement reports and assist
parents and their students to avoid delays.
“Heads of JHS are to refrain from with-holding placement
form of candidates for any reason.”
Mr Tettey-Enyo urged heads of SHS and Technical Institutions
to accept the duly endorsed placement form as the authentic
document for admission.
He said government had strengthened the monitoring system of
the process to ensure that people in charge did not take
undue advantage of parents and stressed that the placement
forms were not for sale and should not attract any fee.
Mr Tettey-Enyo said all continuing students were expected to
be in school by September 11, 2009 while fresh students were
to be in school between October 12-17, 2009.
He advised parents to accept the placement of their children
since the placement was based on the six choices made by the
candidates and cautioned that the sector Ministry and the
Ghana Education Service would not accept request for changes
in the placement made.