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From: Daily Graphic/Ghana          Published On: August 7, 2011, 15:57 GMT
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The Ghana Education Service (GES) has warned heads of senior high schools not to admit first-year students outside the Computerised Schools Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).

It said any student admitted outside the system would pay the full cost of staying in school, since they would not be eligible to benefit from government subsidy.

When the placement is done we submit the list of students to the Ministry of Finance for the government subsidy, the Head of Public Relations Unit of the GES, Mr Charles Parker-Allotey, told the Daily Graphic.

He said any admission that needed to be done should be passed to CSSPS Secretariat through the GES, emphasising that it was unacceptable for heads to admit outside the system.

Mr Parker Allotey appealed parents, guardians, the public and government functionaries not to put undue pressure on the heads, and added that any problem the heads faced should be communicated to the district and regional directorates of education.

Mr Parker-Allotey said a total of 176,200 vacancies had been declared by heads of schools across the country; and assured parents that the vacancies could take care of all those who had qualified to enter SHSs and technical institutes.

With regard to the raw scores of the candidates, he said the West African Examinations Council (wAEC) had released almost all results.

He said the withholding results also delayed the process of placement, since the GES had to wait for the withheld ones to be released before doing the placement.

When some results are withheld pending investigations it delays the process. This is because you cannot go ahead to do the placement, he explained.

As part of the 2011 placement exercise, the GES last week said it had released guidelines for the implementation of the 30 per cent catchment area allocation to Basic-Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates for placement in senior high school/technical institutes, as directed by the President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills, in his sessional address to parliament earlier this year.

Under the guidelines, 2011BECE candidates who obtained up to aggregate 30 and wished to attend schools in the catchment area were to list the names of all senior high schools/technical vocational institutes in their catchment areas on the CSSPS Placement Forms sent to all participating JHSs and all district education offices.

Candidates who complete the forms will be placed in one of the SHSs listed depending on the raw scores obtained and available vacancies and programmes, a statement signed by Mr Parker-Allotey, said.

In addition, the GES said, candidates who decided to opt for the 30 per cent Catchment Area Allocation (CAA) placement would be placed in their schools of choice by October 6, 2011, adding that candidates who did not complete the 30 per cent Catchment Area Allocation (CAA) placement form form would be placed using the six choices made during registration.

The statement said 70 per cent placement would be done on or before September 17, 2011 together with re-entry candidates and foreign students.

Candidates, it said, who had left the town or area where they took the BECE could complete the 30 per cent CAA placement form from the neatest district, municipal, metropolitan education office.

District examination officers will handle the completion of the 30 per cent Catchment Area Allocation Form.

They are not for sale. It must be noted that only interested candidates are encouraged to apply for consideration and school of preference was not guaranteed, since it was based on merit, it said.

The statement said all completed forms should reach the Director of Secondary Education Division of the GES latest by September 12, 2011 for processing by the CSSPS Secretariat.

These completed forms should be sent by candidates to the District Education Directorates for onward submission to the Director, Secondary Education Division.

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