The Ghana Education Service as the selection of schools for computer placement commence September 18, 2023, has urged parents to sign the school selection form after their wards have selected their preferred second-cycle schools.
An official of the Education Service in a discussion with AcademicWeek said the school selection form must not be submitted by a 2023 BECE graduate without consent, thus it must be signed by a student’s parent or guardian.
“This form must not be submitted without consent of parent or guardian and must be validated by the headteacher. Parents of the students are to take a keen interest in the 2023 second cycle school selection process,” he said.
A total of 600,714 candidates, comprising 300,323 males and 300,391 females from 18,993 Junior High Schools (JHSs0 sat for the 2023 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) which ended on Friday, August 11, 2023.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) amid low entries in registration of BECE for Private Candidates this academic year conducted both the 2023 BECE for School and BECE for Private Candidates simultaneously.
The number of candidates that registered for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for School according to the non-profit-making organization (WAEC) is 8.8% higher than the 2022 entry figure of 552,276.
With regard to the 2023 BECE for Private Candidates, a total entry figure of 1,743 candidates was recorded. This is made up of 889 males and 854 females. This year’s figure is 5.4% higher than the entry figure of 1,132 for 2022.
Do’s of school selection
1. Ensure you pay close attention to ALL of your school choices
2. Ensure that the schools are in order of preference from your first priority to the least priority.
3. Ensure that your compulsory Day option is within your catchment area where you can conveniently commute.
4. Ensure that as a parent/guardian, you take an active interest in your child/ward’s school choices.
5. Ensure that you consult your child/ward’s teacher to obtain a realistic prospect of the child’s chances of gaining admission to a particular school.
6. In the case of Technical Programmes, ensure that you consult the school register to verify that the schools you select offer your desired programmes.
Don’ts of school selection
1. Do not outsource school choices to someone without your express involvement.
2. Do not leave school choices to an internet cafe attendant in the case of self-placement.
3. Do not assume that you can choose a school as a Day Student and switch to Boarding upon admission.
4. Do not assume that you can choose a ‘less competitive’ Programme at a school and switch to a ‘more competitive’ one upon admission.