Automatic SHS placement according to the Ghana Education Service (GES) is a process by which the CSSPS automatically places a BECE graduate, by merit, into one of his/her five chosen schools in descending order.
A GES official an interview with Georgeweb.org said: “If the candidate’s aggregate falls within the merit of the programme chosen for their first choice, the CSSPS then checks the student’s preferred residential status, and then places them accordingly, based on the available space”.
She, however, noted that “if the desired residential status is full, the CSSPS moves the candidate to their second choice and then repeats the process until placement is done”.
“For instance, if a student with aggregate 8 would otherwise get placement in school A, but had chosen a Boarding option (which tends to be more competitive), and there happens to be not available space because other candidates with better aggregates have secured placement into the boarding house, the system will NOT place that a student on Day Status in that school because the Day Option was not the candidate’s residential choice for that school
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, and the process is repeated until the student is placed.
Where a candidate has chosen a school both as Boarding and as their Compulsory Day Option, and if the system is unable to secure a boarding residential allocation for them, it will then seek to place them on with a Day residential allocation in that school.
Where a school is oversubscribed for a particular programme by students with similar aggregates, a Tie-Breaking System is employed to determine the Automatic SHS placement” the GES staff told Okyere Darko George.