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JUST IN: GES postpones 2021 Senior High School placement release date; new release date drops

The Ghana Education Service (GES) after it failed to release the 2021 Senior High School placement on a date it told a newspaper is yet to communicate a new date the public particularly students are to expect the release of the postings

Prof Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, the Director-General of GES in an interview with the Ghanaian Times newspaper disclosed his outfit in collaboration with the management of CSSPS will release the placement in early March this year.

The spokesman for the Ministry of Education, Mr Kwasi Kwarteng in line with the GES Director also told UTV the placements will be out March 21 but as of the time writing this post, the secondary schools’ postings are out yet.

It is currently not clear what is causing the delay but a source close to the Ghana Education Service (GES) has told EducationWeb the scheduled April 4, 2022 school reopening date for the first-year students will be extended.

According to an unconfirmed report, the 2021 beneficiaries of the Free SHS programme amid the delay in the release of the school placement are likely to report to school in mid-April, 2022 to commence academic activities for this year.

Amid the inclusion of TVET students in the free secondary school education policy, the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has disclosed about 1.39 million students will benefit from the Free SHS/TVET this academic year.

Dr Adutwum in an interview with Nhyira FM monitored by EducationWeb said the new development forms part of the government effort to ensure the majority of students who pass BECE continue their secondary education for free.

“A total of 1.39 million students are expected to benefit from the Free Senior High School and Technical Vocational and Education Training (Free SHS/TVET) in the 2022 academic year when the school placements are out,” Osei Yaw noted.

Prospective students as they wait for the release of the 2021 computer placement have been entreated to be wary of crooked individuals who contact them to secure their preferred school choice ahead of the release of the postings.

“Finally, we wish to assure parents, guardians, candidates and the public that we remain committed to ensuring a smooth, merit-based SHS placement process under established guidelines,” a spokeswoman for GES has said.

The Ministry of Education (MoE) in line with the management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has also disclosed it is working together with the various security agencies to arrest school placement fraudsters and scammers.

“The public is cautioned against the payment of monies to unscrupulous persons offering to secure their preferred choices ahead of the 2022 computerized school placement into Senior High/TVET schools,” MoE spokesman noted.

The Public Relations Officer in press release continued that “the public is assured that the Ministry is working together with security agencies to ensure any group of persons caught in this unlawful act shall be made to face the law.”

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