More than 200,000 new students have been posted to the 41 new Community Day Senior High Schools (SHSs) recently across the country.
This forms the first cohort of SHS students being admitted to the various schools following their recent inauguration by President John Mahama.
The students were posted through the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).
According to the Head of CSSPS, Kwasi Anokye, 41 of the schools had declared their preparedness to admit the students for the 2016/2017 academic year hence were included in the list of schools with vacancies to admit the new students.
In an interview with Citi News, he said, at least 500 students were posted to each of the schools.
“The community day schools, as at last week, we had over 41 of them being ready to admit across the country and we have been able to place a minimum of 500 students in each of these Community Day schools,” he said.
The GES had earlier indicated that the new schools being constructed will be ready for admission this year but there were concerns over the completion of some of the schools ahead of the start of the 2016/2017 academic year.
‘Mahama to construct 200 Community Day SHS’
President Mahama during the 2012 electioneering campaign promised to build 200 new Community Day SHSs in underserved communities across the country to address the issue of access to education in the country.
The first school, located at Ekumfi Otuam in the Central Region was inaugurated in 2015 by President Mahama and named after the late President, John Atta-Mills.
‘200 schools cannot be completed in 2016’
The Government has admitted that it cannot complete the construction of the all 200 Senior High Schools before the end of 2016.
It however noted that it is certain to complete them if given the nod to govern for a second four-year term.