My Daughter Got Aggregate 35 But Didn’t Get School But Her Friend Who Had Aggregate 39 Got School – Aggrieved Mother Fumes
Several parents have trooped various solution centers of the Ghana Education Service following the release of the 2023 school placement. Over 169,000 candidates are expected to do self placement since they weren’t placed in any of the five selected schools of their choice.
One woman, who seemed worried spoke to the media about her issue. According to woman, her daughter had aggregate 35 but she was not placed in any school. She noted that her daughter selected schools like Mfanstiman Girls and Aggrey Memorial School but she was not given any.
She again added that her daughter’s friend, who had aggregate 39 rather got a school while her daughter didn’t.
Yesterday, hundreds of parents and students trooped to the national centre set up at the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) Hall which is serving as the National Resolution Centre, to have their school placement issues resolved.
The placement issues presented at the centre included change of school, change of programme, self-placement issues, change of residential status, among others.
Last Wednesday, the Director-General of the GES, Dr Eric Nkansah, at a press conference announced that out of the 547,329 candidates who sat for the 2022 BECE, 372,780 were placed while 165, 619 would have to do self-placement.
However, candidates who obtained Grade Nine in English or Mathematics were not placed and thus cannot start their secondary education in 2024. They will have to retake the BECE as private candidates to better their grades before they can access SHS education..
Some parents and students who spoke to the media, said their issues were yet to be resolved, but were hopeful that they would have placement.
A student, Mariam Salifu, who had successfully gone through the process, said she was not placed in any school despite scoring an aggregate of 15.
“We were asked to choose six schools and I chose to read Home Economics in all of them, but I still didn’t get into any.
“I am done with the process and I have been directed to come back on Saturday. I’m keeping my fingers crossed to have my choice,” she said.
A parent who gave her name as Lilian, said she visited the centre with her daughter to change a school given her after using the online portal for self-placement.
She said initially her daughter, who had aggregate 25, was not placed in any school during the automatic placement.
“My daughter chose St Mary’s Senior High School, Ghana National College, Ada Senior High and O’Reilly Senior High School, but she didn’t get any of them. We tried the online portal and she had St Joseph Technical School, but we want to change it,” she said.
Another student, Kelvin, had a similar issue and said he was hopeful he would also be placed in any school.
“I had aggregate 36, and I just want any Secondary Technical School either in the B or C category,” he said.
“I don’t really have a major issue, I only brought my son here to have his residential status changed. We live at Ayawaso but he was offered Day status in Abiriw Presbyterian Technical Institute to read Electrical Engineering Technology,” a parent, Ama Nyarkoa, said.