The Ministry of Education has for the fourth time, extended the deadline for the reapplication and selection of Senior High Schools by Junior High School graduates under the new free SHS program.
The new deadline according to a statement signed by the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, is now the end of September 2017.
“The deadline for accessing the internet to complete the computerized school selection placement (CSSPS) process, has been extended to the end of September 2017. The website is www.cssps.gov.gh,” part of the statement reads.
Reapplication for Free SHS Program
Parents and students across the country were frustrated by their inability to find placements for their wards in the various senior high schools across the country. This challenge was brought about by the Education Ministry’s inability to place students in schools of their choices.
Recall that the Ghana Education Service (GES) had earlier promised to place all successful BECE candidates in Senior High Schools of their choices. But the Service could not fulfill the promise as they revealed on Friday September 1 that out of the number of candidates who sat for the BECE, only “267,327 candidates secured places in schools of their choice”.
To rectify this problem, the GES gave the remaining 150,770 candidates a second opportunity to make fresh choices, with the reapplication deadline being midnight of Thursday, September 7, 2017.
Qualified senior high school students who were not placed by the Computerized Selection and Placement System are expected to complete the re-application before the deadline.
However, a lot of candidates have still not been able to re-register themselves due to network challenges. The two different websites – www.myjhsresult.net and www.csssps.gov.gh provided by the Education Ministry on 1st and 5th September respectively had gone inactive, making it impossible for the unplaced candidates to reapply.
It appears the websites are not able to stand the huge traffic trying to access information from their servers as prospective students rush to beat the deadline. Owing to this development, the Ministry extended the deadline to the midnight of Friday, September, 8 and lately, the end of the month.
Still in the bid to provide solutions to all the current senior high school placement problems, the Ministry of Education earlier released telephone numbers through which successful but yet-to-be-placed junior high school graduates could contact the ministry.
According to the announcement which was made on Tuesday, September 5, persons having problems with the free SHS enrollment can now communicate with the appropriate quarters for solutions by calling the following hotline – 0302747778 or sending whatsapp message to 0207407499.
The Education Ministry has also assured one and all that there is no cause for worry as every successful BECE candidate must be posted in no distant time. They are also assured that every one of them will benefit from the Free SHS program.
“The Ministry assures parents and guardians that no child who qualified to be placed in a public Senior High School will be left behind,” a statement from the Ministry says.
So far, available statistics from the Ministry of Education reveal that about 380,000 students have successfully been posted to senior high schools. Only about 30,000 are yet to be placed.
The much-talked-about Free SHS Program was introduced by the new Akufo-Addo led NPP government. Although the immediate past Mahama led NDC administration during their time in office appeared to be working towards a similar goal, they were not able to put it in place. But from all indications, the present government is committed to seeing the policy implemented.
The Free Senior High School Policy simply means: no tuition fees, no admission fees, no library fees, no science centre fees, no computer laboratory fees, no examination fees, no utility fees and all the other charges. It also means free textbooks, free boarding and free meals and day students will get a meal at school for free. Click here to get full details of the policy.