As part of measures to ensure a ‘stress-free’ selection of schools by candidates who sat for this year’s BECE, the Ministry of Education has increased the second cycle schools selection choices from the usual six schools to 11.
Explaining the new addition, the National Coordinator for the Computerised School Selection and Placement Centre, Mark Sasu Mensah said this means the number of school choices each student can select for placement has increased.
In an interview monitored by AcademicWeek, the CSSPS official said prospective BECE graduates have to choose an initial six schools from the available 928 schools followed by an additional five from a specific cluster of schools.
“A list of the schools are contained in the computer school selection register which has been made available to all schools for selection guidance. Parents and guardians can also access it from the https://freeshs.net.com
“This year we are reviewing the selection choice from six schools to eleven schools. This is aimed at bringing equity and fairness to the system.
This will forestall the situation where students do not get posted to any school among the six selected schools which brings pressure to the Centre, the Ministry (Education), students and their parents,” Mark Sasu said in the interview.
Mr Mensah added that the failure of BECE students to choose the compulsory five schools as well as the programmes of study and residential status for respective school choices will render the selection or application invalid.
“It is compulsory. If you fail to select the additional five, your application becomes invalid and the system will reject it – it follows the same principles that you must select your programme and residential choice,” the CSSPS Director said.
He also urged parents to take a keen interest in the school selection process for their children. A total of 600,714 candidates who participated in the 33rd BECE are expected to be placed in 928 schools across the country.