Authorities educate public on SHS selection guidelines

The Ghana Education Service (GHS) and the Free Senior High School (SHS) Secretariat have begun a nationwide exercise to sensitise the public about the 2019 school register and selection guidelines which will eventually culminate in school placements for 2019/2020 academic year...


The Ghana Education Service (GHS) and the Free Senior High School (SHS) Secretariat have begun a nationwide exercise to sensitise the public about the 2019 school register and selection guidelines which will eventually culminate in school placements for 2019/2020 academic year.

The workshop began on Monday, 15 April 2019 in the regional capitals and will be extended to the districts in the coming days.

The workshop brought together examination coordinators, guidance and counseling officers, PROs and other major stakeholders of education.

The Computerised School Selection and Placement System was introduced in 2005 to replace the manual system of selecting students into the various senior high, technical and vocational schools. The overarching objective of this computerized system has been to fully automate the school placement processes in order to reduce human errors and to promote efficiency and fairness in the selection and placement of students in SHSs in the country.

Since its inception, lack of public education and awareness of the process have been identified as the major reasons stakeholders, especially candidates and parents, are unable to effectively participate in the annual process.

This is because there seem to be low engagement of guidance and counseling on how the schools are selected by Basic Education Certificate Examination (BEC) candidates, including course or programmes they intend to pursue, as well as their residential status, among others. The sensitisation programme was therefore drafted to solve these challenges.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education has released new guidelines on how the schools are to be selected in 2019.

These include the following:

1. Candidates can, in accordance with the 2019 school register, select 1st - 5th choice schools from a combination of Categories A, B, C, D and E.

2. List choices 1- 4 in order of priority

3. Choice five (5) must be the candidates’ Catchment area day school which is the Category D compulsory day school. This means that the compulsory day school is now restricted to candidates’ 5th Choice.

Candidates must be guided by this:

1. Choose five (5) schools
2. Select Programme and Residential Status for each choice
3. Remember that candidates’ choices:
Can include up to 1 Category A school
Can include up to 2 Category B schools
Can include up to 4 Category C schools
Can include up to 5 Category E schools

By: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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