Ministry Of Education Educates Public On Schools Selection

Matthew Opoku Prempeh

The Ministry of Education is embarking on a nationwide sensitization
tour to educate the public on the school selection guidelines for 2019. 

The workshops, currently ongoing across the country under
the supervision of the Minister of Education, Matthew Opoku-Prempreh, are meant
to educate and sensitize personnel on the 2019 school register and selection
guidelines which would eventually culminate in school placement for 2019/2020
academic year.

Speaking at one of the training sessions held at Somanya
in the Yilo Krobo Municipal of the Eastern Region Kwasi Obeng-Fosu, the Deputy
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Ministry of Education, reiterated the commitment
of the Minister of Education to ensure that they do not record a large number
of parents and guardians at the various regional centers to seek assistance in the
placement of their wards.

He disclosed that the participants at the workshops
would further educate parents, students and the general public about the 2019
school selection guidelines.

At the forums, experts and representatives from GES,
FSHS, CSSPS and the Ministry of Education discussed the issues and also
educated the participants on the implementation of the 2019 BECE Placement into
senior high schools.

The Computerized School Selection and Placement System
was introduced in 2005 to replace the manual system of selecting students into
the various senior high, technical and vocational schools. 

It was aimed at fully automating the school placement
processes in order to reduce human errors and promote efficiency and fairness
in the selection and placement of students in senior high schools in the
country. 

Since its inception, lack of public education and awareness
of the process have been identified as setbacks. 

In 2019, the Ministry of Education has released new
guidelines on how the schools are to be selected. 

In accordance with the 2019 school register, candidates
can select 1st – 5th choice schools from a combination of categories A, B, C,
D, and E. 

They can also choose five day schools which is the
Category D compulsory day school in the catchment area.

This means that the compulsory day school is now restricted to candidate’s 5th choice. 

From Daniel Bampoe, Koforidua



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