The 2023 school placement exercise in Ghana has witnessed a surge in demand for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools, indicating a notable shift in the preferences of students and parents.
According to Mr Amegbletor, reports from the National Resolution Centre revealed a significant increase in the number of students opting for TVET institutions compared to previous years.
He stated, “Yesterday from the regions, the regional reports indicated that there is still more demand for TVET institutions in all the regions.”
An encouraging aspect of this shift is the rise in female enrollment in both TVET and grammar schools. The Ghana TVET Service anticipates enrolling approximately 60,000 students in the 256 TVET institutions nationwide, marking an increase from the previous year's 51,000.
Mr Amegbletor attributed the growing interest in TVET schools to the substantial investments made by the government in the sector, focusing on infrastructure and curriculum enhancements.
He emphasized that TVET has proven to be an effective study area, enabling learners to acquire valuable skills and competencies, enhancing their creativity and employability.
Since the commencement of the self-placement exercise last week, the TVET Service has been actively addressing placement issues, with nearly 5000 issues resolved nationwide.
Mr Amegbletor assured that the team is working tirelessly to ensure the concerns of parents and students regarding school placements are promptly addressed.
The Ghana Education Service released the 2023 Computerized School Selection and Placement System on November 28, 2023.
Out of the total 598,839 results received from the West African Examination Council, 81.56 percent (477,772 candidates) were automatically placed in one of their preferred choices.
However, 18.44 percent (108,025 qualified candidates) who couldn't be matched with any of their choices were encouraged to utilize the self-placement option to select from available schools.