The management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has released a national prospectus for first-year Senior High School students who sat for the 2023 edition of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) this academic year.
In an interview with the Daily Graphic, Dr Eric Nkansah, the Director-General of Ghana Education Service (GES) said the national 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).
He said once parents knew the items their children would require, they could start buying them now while waiting for the release of the 2023 computer second cycle school placement and added, “For me, that is the joy”.
The harmonised prospectus, Dr Nkansah said, was necessary to eliminate items that schools could do without and also ensure that schools did not include such items and use same as a barrier to the timely enrolment of students.
He cautioned heads of various second-cycle schools not to admit students based on their ability to procure all the items, but urged parents to try and procure the items as outlined in the prospectus, “because we have reduced the list to the barest minimum.”
He said the cost of the items in the second cycle school prospectus was within the reach of all parents and was convinced that the situation where parents spent a fortune on a prospectus belonged to the past.
The national prospectus, he said was put together by a committee made up of representatives from the GES, Free SHS Secretariat, and TVET Service, with the Conference of Heads of Government Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) also making an input.
The Ghana Education Service Director-General advised the 2023 BECE graduates to be admitted into second-cycle institutions to ensure that all personal items were embossed or embroidered with their names to avoid getting their items stolen.