Story: Hadiza Nuhhu-Billa Quansah
The Ghana Education Service (GES) has introduced new guidelines for the Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) to ensure that qualified Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates for 2013 are placed in second cycle schools.
The guidelines for this year will have all second cycle institutions grouped into five options. The public senior high schools (SHSs) are in category one, two and three while the public technical and vocational institutes are in category four. All approved private schools, both SHS and technical/vocational institutes, are in option five.
According to the National Co-ordinator of the CSSPS, Mr Samuel Oppong, parents who would want their children to attend day schools should choose day schools only or schools that provide day facilitates closer to their areas of residence.
Mr Oppong explained that there is the need for candidates to get guidance from their parents or guardians and school authorities before choosing schools .
"Candidates must choose four schools from category one to four and select programmes and corresponding accommodation in each school of choice".
He said students must not choose one school twice or select all choices from one option. "If candidates do not abide by this simple regulation, it will be difficult for them to get placement," he added.
Mr Oppong said candidates who would want to pursue purely technical/vocational programmes would have to select all their choices from option four while candidates who desire to pursue their courses in private schools could decide to choose all four schools from the private school option.
"There are second cycle schools that have facilities for special education for the physically challenged and visually impaired candidates, therefore, parents with children with those disabilities must endeavour to look out for those schools alone for selection," he added.