The Ministry of Education in an effort to expand access to Free SHS has added 139 new Technical & Vocational Schools added to the Free SHS Programme.
This means the 2021 batch of BECE graduates will have more schools to be enrolled in. The additional 139 schools increase the current 47 Technical & Vocational Schools in the country to 186.
The move by the Ministry is to expand access to Technical and Vocational Training and also make it easily accessible for BECE graduates to enrol.
This was disclosed during a pilot training held in Eastern Region by the National Coordinator for the Computerized School Selection Placement System, Mark Sasu.
He added that his outfit has identified ten districts where the pilot project would be undertaken. The pilot programme is expected to afford the CSSPS and other stakeholders an opportunity to resolve challenges that come with Senior High Schools Selection.
It is also expected to enlighten the participants on how to select SHS. Parents have been tasked to work with teachers when selecting schools for their wards.
Very often parents want their wards to study in certain schools and offer courses which are higher than the academic strength of the candidate.
Allowing teachers to make valuable contributions to the selection process will help ensure the candidate’s academic strength and interest are matched with the right programmes and schools.
The 2021 BECE is expected to be written by about 510,000 candidates drawn from 18013 schools across the country in November.