BECE: Candidates chose schools ‘above their capabilities’ – Free SHS Secretariat

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The Director of Communications at the Free Senior High School Secretariat , Joseberta Gyan, says most of the candidates who sat for the 2018 Basic Examination Certificate Examination (BECE) selected schools above their capabilities.

The Ghana Education Service (GES) released the 2018 placement to Senior High Schools by the Computerized School Selection Placement System (CSSPS).

490,514 qualified to be placed out of the 521,710 registered candidates.

Some 67,000 candidates did not qualify for admission in any of their preferred choices of schools. The GES, however, stated that 423,134 candidates were automatically placed.

Candidates who were not placed have been advised by WAEC to do self-placement to get themselves into schools with vacancies.

Speaking with Ekourba Gyasi on Atinka AM Drive Tuesday, The Director of Communications at the Free Senior High School Secretariat, Joseberta Gyan mentioned that most candidates failed to do self-assessment before selecting their preferred schools.

According to her, each student was expected to choose a compulsory day school within his or her catchment area as part of the five school choices, but some students failed to obey this simple rule.

Joseberta Gyan explained that the selection of a compulsory day school within the candidate’s catchment area would have prevented these inconveniences.

“The candidates did not really assess their capabilities before choosing their schools. Even though there are no cut-off points for entry into the senior high schools, every school has its requirement and the grade needed to gain admission,” she said.

Joseberta Gyan disputed claims that the schools available for self-placement are “chaff”, insisting that they are equally good schools.

Ghana | | Vivian Adu Boatemaa