The management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) after listing items to be purchased by students who sat for the 2023 BECE to get computer school placement has released the first-year students prospectus in PDF format.
Dr Eric Nkansah, the Director-General of GES in an interview with Daily Graphic said the national prospectus’ is designed for all first-year students to eliminate any ambiguity regarding the requirements of fresh students.
The Director-General of the Service said all second-cycle schools are expected to adhere to the national prospectus without imposing any extra items apart from what has been officially prescribed by the prospectus committee.
Dr Eric Nkansah told the Daily Graphic newspaper that the first-year Senior High School students’ (SHS) prospectus is categorised into basic needs and cleaning materials to make it easier for parents.
Category ‘A’ covers basic items such as hard body suitcase or trunk, chop box or hard plastic container, toiletries, beddings, a pair of footwear (school-specific), underwears, cutlery, and other educational materials such as a mathematical set and scientific calculator, among others.
The second category includes detergents, sanitary and cleaning materials such as liquid soap, hand gloves, washing powder, bleach and cleaning materials such as brooms, standing mob, mob bucket, and a scrubbing brush.
Then Director-General of the GES, Dr Eric Nkansah, explained that the early release of the prospectus was to help parents buy the items way before the release of the Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).
In another story, the Ministry of Education has reviewed the 30% placement policy into ‘Category A’ Senior High Schools to include private Junior High School students who sat for the 2023 Basic Education Certificate Examination.
The review comes after the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Adutwum on November 13, 2023, had a crunch meeting with the leadership of the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) on the school placement policy.
The new placement policy follows research conducted by the Education Ministry to review the 30% Senior High School placement policy which merits public Junior High School students to be placed into ‘Category A’ second-cycle schools.
A total of 600,714 candidates, comprising 300,323 boys and 300,391 girls from 18,993 Junior High Schools participated in the 2023 BECE for School Candidates which began on Monday, August 7, 2023, to Friday, August 11, 2023.
About 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.
The 2023 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for School Candidates was held at 2,137 examination centres across the country, while 15 centres mainly in the regional capitals were used for the BECE for Private candidates.
To ensure the smooth and successful conduct of the 2023 BECE for School and Private, A total of 2,137 supervisors, 2,000 supervisors and 21,027 invigilators were tasked to oversee the administration of the national examination.