GES D-G tours BECE centres in Accra

Prof Kojo Yankah,Minister of Education in-charge of Tertiary during his visit at Kanda Cluster of Schools.Photo.Ebo Gorman

Prof Kojo Yankah,Minister of Education in-charge of Tertiary during his visit at Kanda Cluster of Schools.Photo.Ebo Gorman

Fifty-seven out of the 468,053 candidates taking part in this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) are visually impaired.

According to Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, acting Director General, of the Ghana Education Service (GES), the necessary provisions have been made at the various centres for these candidates with special needs to successfully write the examination.

Out of the total candidates, 241,148, he said are males while 226,905 were females.

The candidates, from a total 15,185 schools, he indicated would be writing the examination at 1,702 designated examination centres across the country.

Only 194,059 of the total candidates, Professor Opoku-Amankwa noted were registered to write the French language examination while Information and Communication Technology (ICT) paper attracted as high as 453,654 candidates.

Speaking to the media after a tour at some selected examination centres including Accra High School, Achimota Primary School, Achimota Preparatory School and Anunmle Junior High School (JHS), all in the Accra Metropolis yesterday, Prof. Opoku-Amankwa said the GES had taken steps to ensure there was no leakages of examination questions as well as avoid delays and late start of the exercise.

On recent agitations by examination supervisors and invigilators due to unpaid allowances, the acting Director- General explained that the Finance Ministry was currently working on the final details of payment and was confident the process would be expedited to ensure this year’s examination timetable was not scuppered and disrupted by lack of officers.

Minister of State in-Charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwasi Yankah, who convened government’s best wishes to the candidates, cautioned against any act of malpractice that could hamper their future ambitions.

“I know you have been prepared adequately by your teachers for this very day. Please be advised that any illegal act you engage in today will lead to the cancellation of your paper and all what you’ve dreamt of becoming in future will be in jeopardy,” he stressed.

Professor Yankah noted that government was in expectation of better results from the candidates, which would usher the country into the period of “Free SHS” policy to be implemented later this year.

Speaking to The Ghanaian Times in an interview, Paul Kagbey, supervisor at the Achimota Basic School Compound C Centre, said the examination started at exactly 9am yesterday with no absentee.

He stated that the centre, which had 251 candidates from seven schools, have put in place measures to avoid delays in the examination and other challenges that could affect the smooth exercise.

Master Rehabiah Mante Adi Ankrah, a candidate from St. John Bilingual Institute in Accra, said the serene environment at the Centre made it easier for him to concentrate and pleaded with the authorities to continue to ensure that the exams was commenced at the exact time as delays instil unnecessary fear in candidates.

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