Some 800 primary school students do not have a place in secondary schools at this time and the Ministry of Education is now asking secondary schools to revisit their intake of students to meet the shortfall.
A circular was sent from the Chief Education Officer to secondary school principals on Wednesday.
The statement notes that the SEA 2017 placement exercise is scheduled to begin on June 12th, 2017.
It says, "The Form One Intake figures submitted indicate that there is a shortfall of approximately 800 spaces."
The Ministry has told the principals to re-examine their intake and provide the maximum number of students who can be accommodated at their schools.
It says the number should be in keeping with the number of Form One classes at the schools and the policy of one teacher to 35-40 students,
The Ministry is planning to release SEA results by July 4th.