The Ghana Education Service (GES) has released the 2017 Senior High School (SHS) Computerised School Selection Placements (CSSPS), a statement signed by the Acting Director General of GES, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa has announced.

A total of 267,327 candidates secured schools of their choice whilst 150,770 candidates could not be placed in a school of their choice, the statement said.

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The statement further added that the qualified candidates who did not get a place of their choice should log onto and select an option available to them within 48 hours from September 1.

According to the statement, the 2017/18 academic year will commence on September 11 and all form one students are expected to report to their schools on that day.

The release of the computerised school placement comes hours after president Nana Akufo-Addo unveiled the logo for the free SHS.

Underneath the symbol are also three words; access, equity and quality. The logo also features an open book, which the Minister of State in-Charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, explained: “represents learning that generates hope and optimism for a prosperous Ghana.”

“The central symbol portrays two children emerging from a pleasurable learning experience as they spontaneously explode in joy. They are beneficiaries of the policy that lifts the total burden of fees from parents.”

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The government has announced that the free SHS programme will start in September 2017 with first year students.

It has also announced as part of the policy that 30 percent admission into elite schools will be reserved for students in public schools.

And on the funding, president Nana Akufo-Addo has said Ghana’s oil revenue will be used to fund the Free Senior High School programme.

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By free SHS, there will be no admission fees, no library fees, no science centre fees, no computer laboratory fees, no examination fees, no utility fees. There will be free textbooks, free boarding and free meals and day students will get a meal at school for free.

The Free SHS policy will also cover agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the high school level.