THIS year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) begun throughout the country yesterday with English language paper one and Social Studies paper one.
In all 350,888 candidates, including the visually impaired and the hearing, from 10,016 public and private junior high schools were registered to partake in the on-going exercise
at 1,278 centres.
The Deputy Minister of Education In-Charge of Tertiary Education, Dr Joseph S. Annan, visited four examination centres in Accra metropolis to monitor the commencement of the five-day event which ends on Friday
The visit revealed that the exercise took-off smoothly except isolated reported cases of absentees at some centres.
At the Accra Academy centre ‘A’, 281 registered candidates from seven schools reported for the examination with no absentees.
The Supervisor at the centre,Mr Forson Baidu, said examination materials arrived as scheduled but commenced slightly later than the stipulated starting time (9:am), “because the candidates had to spend a few minutes to tidy up the classrooms”.
He assured that with team of 11 invigilators, cheating and other examination malpractices would checked.
At the Wesley Grammar School centres ‘A’ and ‘B’, centre ‘A’ had 304 candidates including 150 girls from four junior high schools with 11 invigilators, registering no absentees, while centre ‘B’ had 409 candidates from eight schools with 14 invigilators.
The Ebenezer Senior High School examination centre ‘A’ and ‘B’ recorded 338 candidates from 12 school and 474 candidates including five absentees from 11 schools respectively.
Earlier the Deputy Minister visited the Saint Mary’s Senior High School where 463 candidates from 11 schools were recorded. There were two absentees.
Dr Annan, expressed satisfaction at the commencement of the examination, while wishing candidates throughout the country the best of luck.
He advised candidates to be confident and eschew various forms of examination malpractice so as to justify their parent’s investment and moral upbringing, saying academic qualifications without the requisite moral fiber was needless.
Dr Annan asked invigilators to operate within the confines of their defined responsibilities to ensure the success of the examination exercise.
Some candidates the ‘Times’ spoke to expressed their satisfaction at the written papers so far and sounded optimistic of their chances to make best grades.
From Takoradi Clement Adzei Boye, reports that a total 35, 485 candidates are writing the examination in 134 centres in the Western Region.
Out of the number, 7,020 candidates, comprising 3,413 Girls and 3,607 boys are writing the examination in 18 centres within the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis.
When newsmen visited the Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS) Centre yesterday where candidates from the Naval West JHS, Bishop Essua JHS and Takoradi International were writing their English Paper One, there was absolute silence.
The Deputy Western Regional Minister, Madam Betty Busumtwi-Sam, who was accompanied by the Metropolitan Director of Education, Nana Kofi Imbeah on a tour of some centres told the candidates to do their best.
She advised them to avoid all forms of examinations malpractices so that, they would have good results.
“Do all that you can …. This is the time to tell God to guide you. But let me tell you that, the Holy Spirit reminds us of the things that we have studied and he will give us the answers,” Miss Busumtwi-Sam admonished the candidates.
Later, Nana Imbeah in an interview told newsmen that, the general observation at both Adiembra SHS and GSTS indicated that discipline was good at the centres.
On security, he said that, the education directorate and the security agencies had mapped out strict strategies to monitor all centres and the distribution of examination materials.
“It’s been excellent,” he added.
Matthew Ayoo, reports from Wa that About 11,048 candidates, 13 of whom are blind are taking part in this years Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the Upper West Region.
Of the number, 5,708 are boys while 5,340 are girls.
The Upper West Regional Director of Education, Mr. Fabian Belieb disclosed these when he joined the Regional Minister, Mr. Mahmud Khalid to visit selected examination centres in the Wa Municipality and Kaleo in the Nadowli district here.
According to Mr. Belieb, the Wa Municipality has the highest population of 2,128 candidates comprising 1,126 boys and 1,002 girls.
He said Wa East and West Districts have presented 500 and 861 candidates respectively while 721 and 1,523 candidates are writing the examination in the Sissala East and West Districts.
Mr. Belieb said 1,501 candidates are writing the examination in the Nadowli district, while Lawra and Lambussie-Kami Districts have presented 1,523 and 472 candidates respectively with 1,819 writing in the Jirapa District.
At the Wa Methodist School for the Blind examination centre except one girl all 243 candidates were present for the examination.
The Supervisor of the centre, Mr. Sampson Akurugu told the Regional Minister that 13 blind students were taking part in the examination.
He said all materials and examination papers were received on time and that the examination was conducted smoothly.
At the Wa Senior High School (SHS), which is housing four examination centres, all 904 candidates were present except two, one boy and a girl who were absent in examination centre “C.”
Addressing students at break time after the English paper one, the Upper West Regional Minister, Mr. Mahmud Khalid urged the students to have confidence in themselves and put of their best to enable them come out successfully.
Mr. Khalid told the students to follow rules and regulations and all instructions religiously to enable them understand and provide appropriate answers to questions.
He advised the students to desist from examination malpractices saying that could spell their doom.
For his part, the Regional Director of Education, Mr. Belieb told the students to view the examination as a competition and put up their best to enable them gain admission to schools of their choice.
He hoped that with the mock examination conducted for the students, effective revision and other preparations, the students would perform creditable.
About 2770 candidates made up of 1413 girls and 1357 boys are writing the BECE in eight centers in the New Juaben Municipality of the Eastern Region reports Samuel Opare Lartey from Koforidua.
A visit to some of the centers with the Regional Minister Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo and his deputy Baba Jamal, the Regional Director of Education Rene Boakye Boateng and the New Juaben Municipal Chief Executive Mr. Alex Asamoah revealed that only one person was absent.
The Minister encouraged the children not to be nervous but have courage to write all the papers because God has already given them the success.
He also urged them not to be intimidated by the presence of the invigilators and the police because they have been sent to protect and assist them write their papers peacefully.
Mr. Ampofo appealed to them to eschew all forms of examination malpractices during and any other examination they would have in the future.
He enumerated some of the implications of exam malpractices and advised the invigilators to open their eyes but with caution not to destroy wrong people’s career.
From Castro Zangina-Tong, Amanfro
THE Member of Parliament for the Okere Constituency in the Eastern Region, yesterday visited all the Examination centres in the area to wish the final year students success in their B.E.C.E.
Mr. Dan Kwaku Botwe, who has taken upon himself to ensure the promotion of quality education through the organisation of holiday classes for the pupils, gave some undisclosed amount of money as his personal contribution to support the candidates who have traveled from the deprived communities to write the exams.
He said the upkeep of the candidates was his primary concern as the Member of Parliament, who should do away with his personal comfort and rather seek the welfare of the youth, who are the future leaders.
Examintion centres the Okere M.P. visited included the Nifa Senior High School, Amanfro, Tinkong, Mamfe Methodist Girls’ Senior High School, and the Akuapeman Senior High School, at Akuapeam Akropong, where some candidates from Abirew are writing their papers.
Mr Dan Botwe advised thus “Please, stay focus and write the papers to the best of your
Ability : Never try to cheat,”
Miss Osei Kate Dansua of Twum Guaso Junior High School, on behalf of her elated colleagues, assured the M.P. that his (MP’s) toil of organizing extra classes for them, would not be in vain.
“Hon. We will not disappoint you. We know how you serve for us and have also spent on us; will the help of God, we will spring surprises,” she confidently stated.