Short code announced to correct mistakes in BECE placements

The National Coordinator of the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS), George Atta Boateng has announced a short with which that Basic Education Certification Examination (BECE) candidates can access, to check and make corrections to their selected schools before placements are done in September.

He said all candidates should text their Index numbers to the short code 1060 across networks.

The introduction of the short code he said, is to ‘enable candidates make corrections and amendments to the four preferred schools selected at the time of registration for the examination and other details relating to their placement’.

A total of 422,946 Junior High School (JHS) students sat for this year’s BECE.

They comprise 223,765 males and 199,181 females. The candidates, who are from 12,562 public and private schools, wrote the examination at 1,437 centers across the country.

The CSSPS is used by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to improve the manual system of selection and placement of qualified BECE candidates into Senior High School (SHS)/ Technical Institutions (TI) and Vocational Institutions.

Operation of the CSSPS is carried out by a Secretariat which is under the Secondary Education Division (SED) of the GES.

Since the CSSPS became operational in 2005, it has encountered many challenges.

Parents have complained of their wards not being fairly placed as some say female students were sent to boys schools and vice versa.

Others also complained about their wards not getting their selected choice of schools as well as their preferred course choices.

However the National Coordinator of the programme says the short code has been introduced in order to avoid all these mishaps which were previously experienced and the strain it put on both parents and candidates.

He further stated, candidates should report any mistakes which may occur to their various JHS, Regional and or District Education offices for corrections to be made before September 2014.

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