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After realizing they cannot successfully carry out the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has now introduced a policy that appears to punish parents who bought into the party’s 2016 campaign promise.
The new policy is likely to increase the number of Junior High School (JHS) drop-outs in the country.
The government has caused the Ghana Education Service (GES) to give a directive to parents, stakeholders and the general public that any JHS student who does not gain admission into SHS, has lost the opportunity.
According to the directive, failed JHS students will have to go back and reseat their BECE papers and pass to enable them gain entry into SHS in the next academic year.
The GES has cautioned parents, stakeholders and the general public that there would be no re-entry forms for admissions into SHS for 2018/19 academic year. Per the directive 2018/19 academic year admissions would base solely on the February 2018 and June 2018 BECE results and that students who could not make it into public SHSs, can try any of the numerous private SHSs.
To this end, management of GES has cautioned the general public to take note of this new policy directive in order to make informed decisions.
Source: Delali A. Awuyeh