Candidates plead for lenient marking scheme

Students writing the BECE exams

Students writing the BECE exams

Some candidates re-writing the cancelled Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) papers in Kumasi, have pleaded with the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to use a more flexible marking scheme for the re-written papers.

According to them, regardless of the psychological trauma they went through when the five leaked papers of the examination were cancelled, they braced themselves and prepared for the re-write, but feared their results would not be the best since the papers were difficult.

“We have done our possible best and the rest is left for the examiners to grace our “toil” with sincere marks to enable us move forward on the academic ladder to secure our future,” one of them said.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), candidates from various schools in the Metropolis, including South Suntreso SDA, St. Anthony R/C and Ellen G. White School expressed the hope that markers would be a bit lenient.

As at 08:50hrs when the GNA visited, the centres were calm as candidates were already seated for the Mathematics paper with invigilators and police personnel busily performing their duties.

Mr. Emmanuel Panford, the supervisor in charge of the three centres in the Armed Forces Senior High School told the GNA that all the candidates from the 15 various schools were present to take part in the examination.

He added that there had not been any record of examination malpractices since Monday, when the re-writing began till the time the story was been filed, and was hopeful of a successful end.

The total number of candidates writing the cancelled papers in the Ashanti Region was 87,718 consisting of 45,272 males and 42,446 females.

Five papers of the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) which were written about two weeks ago had to be re-written, following reports of widespread leakages across the country.

The cancelled papers were English Language, Religious and Moral Education, General science, Mathematics and Social Studies.

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