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Watch this video released by the GES for the 2021 school selection before you read more.
If you understand clearly how the computerized school selection and placement are done you are more likely to have a stress-free mind and be able to select your senior high schools majorly based on your performance and interest.
According to GES, the placement process begins after WAEC releases the BECE results. The following explains clearly how the automatic placement is done.
A student cannot be placed into a school they did not choose. There are some 12 frequently asked questions about senior high school placement answered by the GES. The link is at the end of this article.
The system will rather move them to their Second Choice School to attempt to get both their preferred programme as well as their choice of residential status. If unsuccessful, the system will proceed to their third choice school, and the process is repeated until the student is placed or secures no placement.
This explains why for example one student will gain admission to their 1st choice school, while another student will not, even though they had the same aggregate. One may choose the day option for 1st choice while the other choose boarding status. Their programme of choice may even be different.
This is different from step 3 in that here, the student happened to choose the same school for one of his first four choices, and then as his or her compulsory day option.
The following factors are considered to determine the placement of students who had the same aggregates for the same programme, and the same residential status as well.
For example, if 300 students with Aggregate 6 are competing for Science in School A and there are only 120 available slots for science in that senior high school, the ranking will be done such that those with Nine Ones will gain admission first, followed by those with Eight Ones, and so on.
If there is still a further need to break a tie, the placement will be done using those candidates' raw scores from the highest to the lowest. So, the raw score obtained becomes important here as a tie-breaker.
A further tie-breaking, where necessary, will then follow taking into consideration the best grades obtained in the Core Subjects, in a manner as follows:
This instance of tie-breaking is the reason two students with the same aggregate may not get the same school as their 1st choices. One will get while the other will not because one had a higher raw score or had better grade for the core subjects if the system matched them head-to-head.
The most important thing is to select schools based on your performance and be open to options if your teachers or parents advise you. SHS is just a discovery stage in your life to become better someday.
After the CSSPS system completes the placement of students into their various options of senior high schools, the result will then be released by the GES, usually in an announcement via press communication.
BECE candidates or better still prospective SHS students can check their school placement via Text Message or through an Online Portal for CSSPS
Your senior high school placement result will contain the following information:
The GES also indicates that you should print out your school placement result and add all other relevant documents and take that to the SHS you were placed, to obtain a prospectus and enroll.
You may still have some questions and clarity. Read 12 Frequently Asked Questions About Senior High School Placement.
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