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The placement process begins using the candidate’s aggregate from his or her four core subjects (English, Maths, Integrated Science and Social Studies) plus the two best grades from his or her elective subjects.
The vacancies declared earlier by each school are then fed into the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).
There are three modes by which placement is done under the CSSPS: 1. Automatic Placement Self-Placement and Manual Placement.
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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 for space and places him or her accordingly. If the desired residential status is full, the CSSPS moves him or her to the second choice.
For instance, if a student with aggregate 8 would otherwise get a place in school A but has chosen the more competitive boarding option and space is full because other candidates with a better aggregate have secured placement into the boarding house, then the system will not place him or her on day status in that school because the DAY option was not the candidate’s choice.
The system will move to their second-choice -school to attempt to get both their programme and residential choice. If unsuccessful, the system will proceed to their third choice and so on. The process is repeated until the student is placed.
Where a candidate has chosen a school both as boarding and as their compulsory day choice, if the system is unable to secure boarding space for him or her, it will then seek to place him or her on the day basis in that school.
This happens in instances where a student may not be successful during Automatic Placement in a place at any of his/her school choices.
Self-placement is a process that allows such candidates an opportunity to go into the CSSPS portal and select from schools with available vacancy.
Features of Self-Placement
i. Only Schools with available vacancies will be displayed on the portal.
ii. Schools with vacancies will be displayed for candidates to choose based on their aggregate.
iii. Schools shown will have their location and residential options available
iv. Candidates can change schools as many times as possible depending on available spaces. The opportunity to change CEASES immediately the candidate enrols in a school.
Procedure for Self Placement
Candidate will log into the system using their index number
Candidate will choose his/her residential preference i.e Day or Boarding.
a. If a candidate selects boarding, all schools with boarding vacancies will be displayed.
b. If a candidate selects day, then there will be a drop-down menu for the candidate to select;
i. Day within catchment area or
ii. Day outside catchment area
c. Day within catchment area displays only schools with day vacancy within 16km of the JHS that the candidate attended.
d. Day outside catchment area displays all schools with day vacancies.
Before day outside catchment area is effected; the candidate must confirm again if they intend to attend school outside their catchment area as a day student.
Candidate is also able to select their preferred programme.
Once they confirm from the list of available schools that meet their preferences, they are then placed in the school by the system and can print out the placement sheet and go to the school to enrol.
At all times, therefore, the candidate is in full control of where he or she chooses to place himself. In many cases, candidates leave the self-placement process to internet cafe attendants, who then selects a school without recourse to the candidate.
The candidate then rushes to Independence Square to complain that the system has placed him or her to Mpraeso or Atebubu when s/he lives in Nungua, and with an attentive media looking for scoops, this is a perfect story of CSSPS incompetence.
You push the candidate or parent and s/he admits it was given to a cafe attendant to process and they left the cafe and came back later.
3. MANUAL- PLACEMENT