GES cuts access to Free SHS to Aggregate 25 after a poor show at the 2018 BECE. The performance of candidates according to the GES was discouraging.
Only 50% passed, qualified and really deserved to be in SHS but all candidates were admitted. From the 2019 BECE to be held in June 2019, the pass mark for entering into the SHS, Technical and Vocational Schools will be aggregate 25 or better.
This revelation was contained in a Press Release by the GES. For us at Ghanaeducationews.com, this is not surprising because making access to SHS free and removing the cut-off point for admission into second cycle institutions implied that, candidates do not need to learn or put in extra effort to pass.
After all, you just have to make aggregate 45 devoid of grade 9 in Maths or English.
When as a nation we meddle with our education system via politics, the best we may get an abysmal performance at the JHS which will harm our children at the SHS.
We are yet to know the position of the government on this decision by the GES. However, if this is implemented, it will lead to a reduction in Double Track Schools as promised by the government. The cost of the policy to the state will reduce since it will not be free of everyone. It will also put candidates on their toes to learn and pass to merit this opportunity.
Comments coming from our cherished readers
“Cutting it to aggregate 25 is not the best, l believe its a way of denying most pupils from the villages. I suggest that we should maintain it at 36 as it used to be, before the coming into force of the free SHS. For 36, average village pupils can make it. Am against the current position where even pupils who are not able to write their names are allowed to waste government money. Pupils with even aggregate 50 are allowed”
Yes. This is what we need. Free SHS is a scholarship and as such aught not to be a wholesale. It should be in a way that will promote learning hard to maintain quality. I had personally had problem with the wholesale enrollment of JHS graduate without taking into consideration the grade: so if GES had now realized that need fair enough! We need quality education, not schooling.
If they want a cut off aggregate bece students they should revert to old one which was aggregate 30
Datz y we are saying the gov’t didn’t think and plan of it well b4 implementing. Ohene a ontsie afotuo, ne paboa te akok) beni.
If you can’t implement the free SHS,now in be force anaaaa!!!
New Trends in Examination Malpractice must also be a worry to WEAC and GES as we prepare these candidates and those in SHS for this years BECE and WASSCE
Below is the full content of the press release.
The Ghana Education Service wishes to inform the general public/ parents/ guardians to advise their wards, who are in the final year and preparing to write the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in June, to study hard and also take their books as their friends.
A research made by the Ghana Education Service has revealed that about fifty percent (50%) candidates performed poorly in the last year’s BECE, yet they had the opportunity to be enrolled in the various senior high schools in the country, due to the Free-for-all-SHS.
The Ministry Of Education and the Ghana Education Service have compromised to put a cut-off-point to this year’s BECE. ie grade: Twenty-five(25). Therefore candidates who would get grade Twenty-six(26) and above, would not get the opportunity to enter the SHS.
The Ghana Education Service, therefore, informs candidates who are preparing to write this year’s BECE to pay heed to the above notification seriously.