Are candidates to be forced to select schools they don’t want? No, they are to be advised on what is good for them. Forcing candidates to choose a school or a programme without explaining the logic behind it is never the best approach.
Sometimes, parents, teachers, and schools may be tempted to believe they know what is good for a candidate.
In some instances, a candidate may want to study General Arts, yet the parents want him or her to study Science. A particular school and programme may be chosen for the candidate who may not do well.
In some instances, parents use an autocratic approach to choosing programmes for their learners without looking at the subject and academic strengths of the student.
How can parents help BECE graduates choose a school and programme of study without forcing them?
- Talk to your child about their interests and goals. What are they passionate about? What do they want to do after high school? Once you have a better understanding of their interests and goals, you can start to narrow down their options.
- Talk to your child about the pros and cons of each school and program of study. Help them weigh the factors that are important to them, such as the school’s location, academic reputation, cost, and extracurricular activities.
Candidates should not be forced to select Free SHS schools they don’t want to attend.
The purpose of the Free SHS program is to make secondary education accessible and affordable for all Ghanaian students, regardless of their financial background.
If students are forced to attend schools they don’t want to go to, they are less likely to be successful in their studies.
The Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) is designed to place students in schools based on their academic performance and preferences.
Students are asked to list their top three school choices, and the CSSPS tries to place them in one of their chosen schools.
However, due to the high demand for certain schools, not all students are able to be placed in their first choice.
If a student is not placed in any of their chosen schools, they are given the opportunity to do self-placement.
This means that they can choose a school from a list of available schools. If a student is still unable to find a school that they want to attend, they can appeal to the Ghana Education Service (GES).
The GES has a policy against forcing students to attend schools they don’t want to go to.
If a student appeals to the GES, they will be given a list of schools that have available places. The student can then choose a school from this list.
If a student is still unable to find a school that they want to attend, they may be able to defer their enrollment for one year.
This will give them time to find a school that they are happy with.
Overall, students should not be forced to select Free SHS schools they don’t want to attend.
The GES has a policy against this, and there are options available to students who are not placed in their chosen schools.