The Ghana Education Service has disclosed that over 30,000 JHS graduates who sat for the 2020 BECE are yet to enroll in various SHS they were placed in via the school placement system.
These graduates are yet to go for their admission. The statement from the education service sighted by Ghanaeducation.org disclosed that nearly 10000 out of the over 30,000 candidates placed in the Ashanti region have not picked up their prospectus to enroll.
To help deal with the issue, the Free SHS secretariat has called on heads of Junior High Schools that have the contact details of JHS graduates to get in touch with the outfit for the needed support.
What might have accounted for the 30K 2020 JHS graduate yet to enroll in SHS
However, it is important to note that, there were many parents and guardians who were dissatisfied with the schools, their wards were placed in. Whiles some students were placed in day schools in other regions after self-placement or without self-placement, others like the Rasta boys and the ex-convict were denied admission by various schools.
Other parents who feel their wards performed better but we placed in low-grade schools may have opted for other schools in the private senior high schools or might have used the “backdoor protocol” to secure other schools for their wards.
Again, there are students who are still at home because they and or their parents do not like the school their wards have been placed in and efforts to get through to the GES for the necessary assistance have proved futile.
It is also a fact that some of these graduates have opted to learn a trade and may have enrolled for an apprenticeship instead of accessing the Free SHS.
It is important for the GES and the Free SHS secretariat to conduct an extensive poll to receive feedback from the general public on their free SHS placement system and what society generally feels about it. This may reveal the real reasons behind the current figures.
What 2020 JHS graduate yet to enroll in SHS can do
However, the Free SHS secretariat is inviting all who have issues and are part of the 30K 2020 JHS graduate yet to enroll in SHS to contact its outfit for support.
“Please if you find any of them and they are not interested in their schools placed, contact the Regional Free SHS secretariat for support, it is our duty to ensure these students are enrolled and have an education.”
“Heads of Senior High Schools (SHSs) with vacancies could also encourage these students to join them while their stay will be regularized during the headcount exercise next week,” the Free SHS secretariat said in the release.