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OVER 400,000 GET PLACEMENT FOR FREE SHS

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Over 400,000 students who sat for 2018 Basic Education Certificate Examination have been placed in their schools of choice, to become the second batch of beneficiaries of the free secondary education policy introduced by the Akufo-Addo government.

Over 400,000 students who sat for 2018 Basic Education Certificate Examination have been placed in their schools of choice, to become the second batch of beneficiaries of the free secondary education policy introduced by the Akufo-Addo government.

 

A release by the Ghana Education Service yesterday indicated that out of the total number of 521,710 registered candidates, 490,514 qualified for placement.

After 423,134 of the candidates had been automatically placed, 67,382 others could not be matched with any of their choices. They have, however, been assured that they can do a self-placement to get themselves into schools with vacancies.

                                                                                                     High intake

In order to address the high intake and ensure that qualified candidates are not denied education, Government has adopted the double track system which will create room to absorb more students into SHSs.

This will increase enrollment, reduce class sizes, increase contact hours and increase the number of holidays, and would be achieved with the existing infrastructure.

                                                                                                 No cause for alarm

The fears held by many wards and stakeholders in education about the system was allayed by Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Minister of Information, who stated last week that government was working tirelessly with all stakeholders to address the challenges that may arise as a result of the double track Senior High School system.

According to him, all the problems that have come up with the implementation of the double track system will be dealt with immediately by the government.

He said, at best, the double track system would help address the challenges facing the implementation of the free SHS as a temporary intervention until the needed infrastructure was put in place.

He said government, through the Ministry of Education, had supplied 96,403 mono desk, 33,171 pieces of dinning furniture, 3,033 teachers’ chairs and tables, 12,953 students beds, 4,335 students mattresses as well as 5,135 computer laboratory chairs.

                                                                                                    Self-placement

In order to ensure that the candidates go through self-placement unhindered, the GES has asked them to follow a placement portal by dialing *713*24# on a mobile device to buy a placement pin code for GHC 5.00. A candidate, after obtaining a pin code, logs onto the site www.cssps.gov.gh.

On that website, a candidate enters the ten digit index number and adds 18 as year of completion, enters the pin code details (serial number and pin), clicks on submit and wait for placement to show up. Finally, a candidate prints the form when he has been placed. The form is then sent to the selected school to complete admission processes.

GES stressed that, on the self-placement module, a candidate must proceed to self-placement module on the same portal, if a candidate had not been placed.

                                                                                                       Tracks

Meanwhile, the GES has directed that candidates placed on the GREEN TRACK will report for school on the September 11, 2018 while those placed the GOLD TRACK will start school on November 8, 2018.

The release added that Regional Solution Centres had been set up at all the Regional Education Offices where candidates with genuine concerns could visit for resolution.

In Accra, GES said, the Independence Square has been designated as a Solution Centre to handle concerns in the Greater Accra Region.