New Phase of BECE Computerized Placement System
The Ghana Education Service (GES) is making strides to enhance the process of placing candidates who recently completed the 2023 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) into their preferred second-cycle schools.
In a bid to achieve this, GES has introduced a two-phase placement system.
Understanding the New Placement System
To shed light on this innovative approach, a representative from the Free SHS Secretariat outlined the key details.
Candidates are now required to make selections in two phases, allocating six schools during the initial placement phase and an additional five schools during the second placement phase on their school selection forms.
In the academic year 2023, graduating Junior High School students who participated in the BECE have a total of eleven Senior High School choices at their disposal.
This allocation includes six selections in the first placement phase and an additional five choices during the second phase.
Fallback Options for Unplaced Candidates
In the event that a candidate does not secure placement in any of their initial six selections, they will have the opportunity to be placed in one of the five schools they designated in the second placement phase on the school selection form.
Responding to queries regarding self-placement, the Free SHS official clarified that candidates who do not receive placements in any of the eleven selected schools will have the option to perform self-school placement.
A total of 600,714 candidates participated in the 2023 BECE, comprising 300,323 boys and 300,391 girls from 18,993 Junior High Schools.
The examination took place from Monday, August 7, 2023, to Friday, August 11, 2023.
Rise in Private Candidate Numbers
Concerning the 2023 BECE for Private Candidates, there was a notable increase in participation, with a total entry of 1,743 candidates, consisting of 889 males and 854 females.
This figure represents a 5.4% increase compared to the 2022 entry figure of 1,132.
Examination Logistics and Oversight
The 2023 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for School Candidates was conducted at 2,137 examination centers throughout the nation.
In contrast, 15 centers, primarily located in regional capitals, were utilized for the BECE for Private Candidates.
To ensure the smooth and effective administration of the 2023 BECE for both School and Private Candidates, a comprehensive team comprising 2,137 supervisors, 2,000 assistant supervisors, and 21,027 invigilators were appointed to oversee the national examination.
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