The Ghana Education Service (GES) has said that majority of Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates who have thronged the Black Stars Square with their parents in connection with placement into senior high schools (SHSs) and technical and vocational institutes (TVIs) have already been placed by the Computerised Schools Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) but are now “shopping for better schools than those they have been placed”.
A Deputy Director-General of the GES in charge of Access and Quality, Dr Kwabena Bempah Tandoh, explained that available statistics showed that nine out of every 10 candidates, representing 90.5 per cent, had been placed in schools.
In an interview with the Daily Graphic on Tuesday, September 17, he said although there were candidates with genuine cases concerning placement at the Solution centres, they had been overshadowed by those “shopping”.
In a live demonstration of the front and back ends of the placement system to the Daily Graphic, Dr Tandoh showed how the placement was being done and the number of candidates who kept accepting the placement and enrolling in schools.
As of 12 noon yesterday, 429,143 candidates had been placed, while 115,090 had been enrolled by schools.
“This is a constant update of the rate of students placed and enrolled by schools,” he explained, adding that currently, less than 10 per cent of candidates had not been placed and urged them to access the self-placement model with the same pin code to place themselves in the available schools.