The BECE aggregate cut-off point for admission into senior secondary school (SHS) has been revised from 30 to 25, beginning this 2010/2011 academic year.

Thus the Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) will use five subjects (four core subjects and one (the best) elective) to compute the candidate’s aggregate.

This is part of the Ghana Educational Reform 2007 of which this year’s candidates are the pioneer year group

The subjects, which are now fewer in number, include English Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Integrated Science, Ghanaian Language as well as Basic Design and Technology. Pre-Vocational and Pre-Technical had been re-designated Basic Design and Technology, while Agriculture and General Science had been combined to form Integrated Science.

Before this change, six subjects were used, with a cut-off aggregate of 30.

Charles Parker-Allotey, the head of the Public Relations Unit of Ghana Education Service (GES) released this clarification statement.
The statement said: “The CSSPS will still use the total processed raw scores that is mark out of 100 in the subjects instead of the grades (l-5) for selection”.

It also emphasised that “the computer places all candidates into their first choice schools using the order of merit”. This means that some candidates may not get the school of their choice.

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