He said the current school structure has made available a lot of spaces for the new students.

Speaking in an interview in Accra, Mr. Mensah said there are enough spaces in schools to accommodate 2020 BECE candidates.

“The spaces that we have for now are a little over 500,000. Because of the way we have structured the system this year, the Form 2s and Form 3s will be in the schools while the Freshers are home. When the Form 2s and 3s vacate, the freshers will be in school. So there are a lot of spaces for the Form 1s,” he said.

Final year students writing their BECE exams
Final year students writing their BECE exams

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Mr. Sasu Mensah further added that a lot of education has taken place regarding the selection of schools this year.

“One of the things we have educated the students about is to ensure that when they are choosing the schools, they would be more meticulous. You have to access yourself before you choose your school. And again, the placement is done program by program. You might perform very well, but if you choose very competitive programs, it becomes very difficult for you to get them. Parents should also ask themselves and their wards if the wards would be admitted to the schools that they are choosing,” he stated.

He added saying: “I have gone round to educate the public and students on how to choose the schools. When choosing the schools, the programs are in codes. The computer does not recognize the individual programs. For example, 502 is Arts, so if you go and choose 506, it’s Science. So the students should be able to ensure that they have chosen the right codes for the right programs. The data that we get from WAEC is encrypted, so we can’t change it.”

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