The Ghana Education Service has put in place systems to help BECE graduates eyeing Free SHS to be able to do the School Selection, placement, and school choice verification the easy way.
The school selection phase where candidates with the help of their teachers and guardians/parents choose schools they intend to attend after BECE is critical.
Choices are made from at least four pools of school. Each Senior High School has been put in a category based on the infrastructure available and not their academic performance at the WASSCE.
Parents and students must make no mistake and assume that schools in category B are better academically than C etc or those in A are better than those in B. Schools with better facilities are competitive.
The placement of candidates can be a tensed up one especially after the Ghana Education Service releases the placement into secondary school using the Computerized School Selection & Placement System (CSSPS).
Some students can miss the opportunity to be placed in a school if their data entered into the system are incomplete or wrong. To deal with this the GES usually rolls out the school choice verification. It offers candidates and parents the second window of opportunity for them to cross-check their data in the database of the (CSSPS) ahead of the release of school placement results by the Ghana Education Service.
What is the school choice verification?
The school choice verification is a procedure through which the GES allows BECE graduates awaiting school placement to check the schools against the name in data of the GES. A mobile telephone shortcode is often provided by GES. Students are to send their Index number to the shortcode on all networks to verify their school list, programs of study, and residential status.
In case the result received after texting a student’s index number to the shortcode is wrong or contains errors, an official complaint is to be lodged with GES and forwarded to WAEC for the needed correction to be made.
All parents, guardians, and students are encouraged to take advantage of this system when it is activated by the Ghana Education Service and its partners and cross-check their data just in case.
Failure to do this can pose a challenge if one’s data turns out to contain errors.