Story: Hadiza Nuhhu-Billa Quansah
The number of subjects that will be used for the selection and placement of candidates into senior high schools (SHSs) this year has been reduced from six to five by the Computerised School Selection and Placement (CSSPS) Secretariat.
The five subjects that will be used for the 2010 placement are the four core subjects — Mathematics, English Language, Social Studies and Science — while the fifth subject will be any one elective subject of candidates.
Explaining the reason for the change, Mr Stephen Adu, the Director of Basic Education at the Ghana Education Service, said last year the examinable subjects were 10 and as a result, the CSSPS used six subjects for the placement exercise.
“This year, candidates are writing just six subjects and that informed the decision to reduce the subjects used for the school placement,” he explained.
According to him, the number of examinable subjects were reduced to six in accordance with the recommendations of the 2007 educational reform which indicated that the number of subjects candidates wrote in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) were too many.
Mr Adu disclosed that next year candidates would be examined in Religious and Moral Education and Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
He, however, explained that ICT would be made optional, since most of the basic schools did not have computers.
Mr Adu wished all BECE candidates well in their examination, saying he was optimistic that they would come out with flying colours.