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Ultimate Guide: How To Choose A Senior High School In Ghana 2022/2023


Choosing a senior high school in Ghana for your ward or as a candidate is one of the critical decisions you will make for yourself. It’s no news that the school you attend can influence your academic life.

We do agree that irrespective of the senior high school you attend, with hard work and determination, you can do it like those perceived to be attending the good schools.

Here’s the truth;

There is one thing we cannot take away from good schools. Schools in Ghana are categorized by the Ghana Education Service using several factors. Among the undisclosed factors, we are sure that they consider facilities, passes, and performance in extracurricular activities.

We can therefore say that to benefit from this, you must choose a school that would have all the facilities you will need to facilitate your studies.

If you want to learn General Science, you must ensure that your dream senior high school has a laboratory owned by the school or shared with another institution.

This is common because we know senior high schools that share facilities. There’s absolutely nothing bad with that.

In fact, of all the senior high schools in Ghana, there are less than 10% recognized as category A schools.

Is that to say that if you require getting only a category a school to succeed?

That’s not entirely true, but it’s the wish of every student to attend these prestigious schools, aside from those who are technically inclined and would want to opt for Technical or Vocational Schools.

These Technical and Vocational schools have their category, that’s category F schools.

In this article, we highlight how to choose Senior High School in Ghana and share with you all the dos and don’ts during the school selection.

As part of measures to ensure a smooth placement of qualified BECE candidates for 2022, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has put in place the following arrangements for the information of parents/guardians/teachers/candidates and the public.

As part of measures to ensure a smooth placement of qualified BECE candidates for 2021, the  Ghana Education Service/ Technical and Vocational Education and Training Service (GES/TVETS) have put in place the following arrangements for the information of  parents/guardians/teachers/candidates and the general public.

Grouping of Schools

  1. All second cycle institutions have been grouped into CATEGORIES as follows:
  • Public Second Cycle Institutions: Four (4) groups namely Categories A, B, C and D.
  • All Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions have been categorized into A, B and C, and added to SHS/ SHTS
  1. Updates Added
  • One hundred and thirty nine(139) TVETS institutions previously under various ministries have been added
  • Appendix 1: contains Detailed Technical and Vocational Education and Training Service (TVETS) programmes
  • Appendix 2: contains detailed subjects of the Technical Programmes in the Sec/Tech. institutions
  • Appendix 3: contains Special Boarding Schools for the Sixth (6th) Choice
  • Appendix 4: contains list of Special Education Division (SPED) Schools
  • Sample choice: Some examples of correct and wrong choice patterns
  • Some schools have been moved to different Categories (Recategorised)

Before Selection of Schools and Programmes

Before making any selection of schools and programmes offered in these schools, parents are advised to note that all schools selected

(1st to 6th) are considered in placement of candidates.



How To Choose A Senior High School In Ghana

Below is the comprehensive guide to choosing a senior high school of your choice in Ghana;

Candidates with guidance and assistance from parents/guardians and school authorities:

  1. Must choose Six (6) schools (1st – 6th choices) in all
  2. Must select programs and accommodation for each selected school
  3. Must choose a compulsory day as 6th choice (Catchment Area School) or choose boarding School from the list of schools in Appendix 3
  4. Must list 1st – 5th choices in order of preference
  5. Candidates who wish to offer purely TVET Programmes must select all six(6) TVETS schools from CATEGORY A, B and C as Day or Boarding
  6. Cannot choose more than one (1) School from Category A
  7. Cannot select more than two (2) schools from Category B
  8. May select five (5) choices from Category C and One (1) from Category D (Day) or Appendix 3 (Special Boarding)

Candidates who desire to pursue purely Technical Programmes may select all 1st – 4th Schools from Technical/ Vocational Category, Category E and must still select the 5th Choice from Category D.


Presented above are steps to choosing a senior high school in Ghana.

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