The 2023 School Selection Guidelines Are Here!

The New School Selection System Guidelines For Candidates and Parents have been made available by the GES. According to GES’s information, the new school selection procedure will begin on September 11, 2023.

Candidates must select up to 11 schools for the New School Selection System. These schools will be entered into two selections: Selection 1, which consists of six choices, and Selection 2, which consists of five choices.

There are 86 Category A schools, 259 Category B schools, and 573 Category C schools according to the new school classification. Schools in the catchment region are included in Category D. Since they fall under one of the A, B, or C categories, all of the Category D schools are Day schools.


Guidelines for the New School Selection System

In order to enrol in SHS/TVET programmes, candidates must, with parental/guardian supervision and school administration approval,:

a) Select Six (6) schools and rank them in order of preference with the 1st being the most preferred choice.

b) Select programmes and residential status for each choice of school.

c) Select a compulsory day school as the 6th choice within 16km of the JHS attended or choose a boarding school from the list of schools in Appendix 3.

d) Select 5 schools (1 Category A, 2 Category B and at least 2 Category C schools) from Appendix “4” for a consideration of 2 nd placement if you miss out on all your initial six (6) choices.


a) Cannot choose more than one (1) School from Category A
b) Cannot select more than two (2) schools from Category B
c) May select five (5) schools from Category C and One (1) from Category D (Day) or Appendix 3 (Special Boarding).
d) Lastly, candidates who wish to offer purely TVET or STEM Programmes must select all six (6) Institutes/Schools from CATEGORY A, B, and C as Day or Boarding


One Category A school, two Category B schools, and at least two Category C schools are among the “five” schools that candidates must choose from Appendix “4”.
No candidate may select the same school more than once from the first six (6) options on this cluster form.
(In the event a candidate misses out on all initial six (6) choices, the candidate may be placed in any of the schools in the selected cluster as indicated below)

If the GES allows it, candidates who are not placed in any of the 11 schools chosen may be asked to use the Self Placement Module.

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