A trainer of trainers’ workshop which brought together Examination Coordinators, Supervision Officers, PROs and other major Stakeholders of Education was organized at the various regional capitals on 15th April, 2019 to educate and sensitize them on the 2019 school register and selection guidelines.
Ges and Free Shs Secretariat Holds a Nationwide Sensitization on the 2019 Cssps Guidelines
The district level sensitization also commenced immediately after the the regional training. The Saboba District Education Directorate replicated the training at district level on 17th April, 2019 at Assembly Hall of St. Joseph Technical School. The attendees included circuit supervisors, basic school head teachers and some parents as well as some JHS 3 Students.
The Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) was introduced in 2005 to replace the manual system of selecting students into the various senior high, technical and vocational schools in the country.
The overarching objective of the CSSPS is to fully automate the school placement processes in order to reduce human errors and promote fairness and efficiency in the selection and placement of students into senior high schools.
However, since its inception lack of public education and awareness about the process have been identified as the major reasons stakeholders, especially candidates and parents, are unable to effectively participate in the annual process.
Discussions at the workshops allowed experts and representatives from GES and the Ministry of Education to address concerns and share experiences on how 2019 BECE Placement into senior high schools is going to be implemented.
The Ministry of Education has released new guidelines on how the schools are to be selected. These include the following:
a) Categories of schools and School codes. Per the new guidelines and the 2019 school register, candidates can, select 1st – 5th choice schools from a combination of Categories A, B, C, D and E.
b) Selection procedures or criteria for 2019. Candidates must:
Choose five (5) schools. Not less and more than five.
Select Programme and Accommodation status for each choice
School and Programme options are linked
List the selected schools in order of preference
Each candidate can choose up to:
One (1) Category A school
Two (2) Category B schools
Three (3) Category C schools
Four (4) Category E schools
c) Must select a Catchment Area Day school as the fifth choice (Compulsory). Choice five (5) must be the candidates’ Catchment area day school which is the Category D compulsory day school. This means that the compulsory day school is now restricted to candidates’ 5th Choice. It could be one or more and could be located within different district/region.
d) 30% Public School Allocation. Implying that 30% of the total vacancies declared by a Category ‘A’ school is reserved for Public Basic School (JHS) candidates who have selected that particular Category ‘A’ schools to compete for placement.
e) Self Placement Module. Candidates who slip out of all five choices can access schools using the Self Placement Module.
f) Six (6) Subjects are used for Selection & Placement based on Aggregates. (4 core + 2 Best). However, in the event of a tie, candidates’ raw scores are compared to help determine best performed candidates.
Facilitators after presentations and discussions laid emphasis on the use of new guidelines for 2019 CSSPS; peer pressure must not influence ones choice of schools; placement is by merit base on aggregates along side raw scores to break ties; make sure codes of schools and programmes tally; pupils, parents and head teachers to collaborate well during school selection; self placement is there to help pupils who fall out of the CSSPS; don’t convert pupils SBA to 70%, write the raw score; and among other things.
Significantly, most of the district level meetings involved parents and some BECE candidates. They were happy they had opportunity to share their concerns. For instance, some Parents who have no formal educational background called on head teachers to guide them and their pupils during the selection process.
The facilitators and participants were confident to further educate parents, students and the general public about this year’s school selection guidelines.