The Ministry of Education has given the assurance that all the 424, 092 Junior High School (JHS) candidates that had passed the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) would get admission to Senior High School (SHS).
According to the ministry, plans are far advance in ensuring that no child was left behind or denied the opportunity to benefit from the free SHS policy, which kick starts this academic year.
Per the figures released by ministry, 36,849 out of 460,941candidates that sat for this year’s BECE failed to secure placement because they scored a Grade 9 in either English or Mathematics.
Thus, 8 percent of the total 460,941 registered BECE candidates will not have the opportunity to either enjoy the free education or enter second cycle school or Technical & Vocational Institute this academic year.
However, the Deputy Minister of Education – Secondary/TVAET, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum said the ministry will still present another chance for the candidates who could not secure the pass aggregate to re-write the BECE for placements next year.
The deputy minister therefore urged parents whose wards are yet to get placements to exercise restraints, since an online platform has been created for these candidates to select listed schools of their choice.
Parents are apprehensive because the 2017/18 academic year is schedule to start next week, yet 32 percent of the candidates have not received placements.
As a result, many parents have complained about the placement exercise despite their children meeting the qualification criteria.
Some of the students who had grades that qualifies them for their first choice schools were rather given schools out of their top four choices.
Meanwhile, the deputy minister at a press conference in Accra yesterday explained the delay in the placement of these candidates was due to technical hitches that developed in the Computerized School Selection Placement System (CSSPS).
He said the remaining 32 percent candidates after the 48 hours ultimatum issued by the ministry, can still go to the ministry’s website to select from schools that would be listed on the electronic platform.
“All qualified students of over 150,000 out of a total of 460,941 will be placed before the academic term begins, he stated, cautioning parents not to pay any fees demanded by heads of Senior High Schools to enroll their children on the government’s free SHS.
To him, students across the country will have the opportunity to enter SHS for the first time without parents hustling and running round in search of fund to finance their wards’ education.
The call, the sector ministry stressed has become a matter of importance because the government is taking care of all such expenses beginning this September as part of the Free SHS policy.
“As a matter of fact, PTA-levied fees like utilities, development levy, and even teacher motivation is going to be paid by the government, as a result, we’ve made it abundantly clear to headmasters that money should not be the reason why a student should not go to school, therefore no parent should receive a bill,” he added.
Dr. Adutwum said even “if PTA meets and decides in consultation with GES that there is something they want to do and they want parents to contribute, it will not be mandatory. If Mr. Kojo Mensah doesn’t have money to make that contribution for his ward, the student will not be prevented from going to school.”
“Parents, do not panic…if your child is not enrolled, we will not cut him or her off. We are monitoring the situation.
“…We, at the ministry of education will do everything possible to ensure that no student who has been given an opportunity to select a school is left behind,” Dr. Adu-Twum said.