The Ghana Education Service (GES) has temporally suspended the self- placement module under the Computerized School Selection and Placement Scheme (CSSPS). This suspension has caused parents and students who have not been placed to throng the offices of CSSPS across the country.
CSSPS is a computerized platform that is designed to collect and store examination scores of students who took part in the BECE examination and aggregate them into a ranked list. The system uses candidates aggregate score from 6 subjects for the selection process. While the self-placement is a module designed to cater to students who missed out on the automated placements.
According to The GES in a letter sent to media houses, the module was suspended in order to update the schools and programs available for candidates. The letter adds that the module will be available later in the week.
The School selection and placement scheme which started on the 6th of September 2019 is reported to have been marred with challenges. According to media sources, parents and students gathered at various placement centers seeking to be placed before school resumes in September.
In Accra for instance, scores of people thronged the self-school placement secretariat at the independence square requesting to change where they have been placed. Some students who spoke to the media expressed their displeasure with not getting placed despite getting a high grade which entitles them to any school of their choice. Others were not satisfied with where they were placed and are requesting for placement in their home region citing health problems as key factors to why they cannot report to the regions they had been placed.
Parents and students gathered at the independence square.
Although the distraught students and parents were asked to go back home and report on a later date, they continued to loiter around the placement center hoping to get their request granted.
A total of 517,332 candidates from 16,871 public and private basic schools nationwide wrote the 2019 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). Out of 517,332 who wrote the examination, 122,706 were not placed and have had to rely on the self-placement system to secure admission for 2019/2020 academic year.