Students who recently wrote the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) can heave a sigh of relief after the Ghana Education Service (GES) announced an extension in the deadline for Senior High School placements.
The education control body extended the deadline by 48 hours to give ample time to all students who are yet to check their results and placements.
On Saturday, the earlier deadline by the education service had expired but GES was forced to review it after receiving complaints from some parents and their wards.
Speaking on the extension, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa explained that the Service realized that 48 hours deadline coincided with the long holiday and weekend, with many of the candidate unable to check their results because they couldn’t purchase the scratch cards.
He also explained that the new Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) gave more control to the students.
"In the past for candidates of that kind, we used our own discretion to place them in schools and we had challenges, they complained that they’ve been placed in schools that they did not select. This time round we want people to do their self-placement and we want them to do it online. Our idea is that everybody who passed should have the opportunity to go to school. We expect that by Tuesday we’ll look at the numbers and if there’s the need for us to get back to it, we’ll do that."
According to him, the extension to Tuesday 5th September falls in line with the GES' initial plan for first year students to arrive in their various high schools by 11th September.
"In the past admission and placement could go on till the end of the first term. We also realized that there are complaints about the number of terms students spend in school to write the WASSCE. We’re taking various measures to ensure that they have their full nine terms in the schools, and this is one of them."
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