Reports are that are boarding schools have already run out of Lower sixth places. In fact, most schools already have an oversubscribed waiting list. This situation is thanks to the fact that about 63 000 students who wrote their O Levels last year obtained at least 5 O levels with a grade C or better. Thus increasing demand.
We are hearing that recruitment is going on well at most schools. Securing places at boarding schools is usually a challenge because of the high demand.
We cannot rule out the issue of over-subscription of Form Five classes because of the low numbers that are recruited.
Schools that score high marks are usually overwhelmed by demand for places as parents want their children to get the best education.
Those who are facing challenges in securing places should approach provincial education directors and district inspectors’ offices for assistance as they have better knowledge of schools within their jurisdictions. They will advise them on other alternatives.