Nana, Becky Wish BECE Candidates Well

President Akufo-Addo and Second Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo and his wife Rebecca
Akufo-Addo have sent best wishes to the candidates taking the 2019 Basic
Education Certificate Examinations (BECE).

In separate tweets, the President and First
Lady encouraged the pupils to excel in order to enjoy the Free Senior High School
(SHS) policy.

“Best of luck to the 517,332 students
sitting this year’s BECE, Free SHS awaits you,” President Akufo-Addo tweeted.

“Good luck to our precious children taking
their BECE exams, which starts today. I pray that all their needs are met and
for God’s grace to cover them throughout this week and beyond. Let’s do the
best we can to make them feel at ease during this period,” said Mrs. Akufo-Addo
also tweeted.

Over 500,000 candidates are sitting for
the week-long examinations, which commenced yesterday, June 10, 2019, at
various centres of the country with little or no hitches. 

The candidates from 16,871 schools are taking
their exams at 1,880 centres throughout the country under strict supervision
from invigilators and security personnel.

The smooth take-off of the exams can be
attributed to the enforcement of measures put in place by the West African
Examination Council (WAEC) to curb malpractices, including banning invigilators
and officials from using mobile phones near the examination centres.

DAILY GUIDE visited some
examination centres in Accra which were calm.

Interaction with the candidates after
the first paper which was English language revealed that the students were
confident and highly prepared.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for
Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly (AWMA), Sandra Owusu-Ahinkorah, earlier in the
day paid a visit to some centres where she interacted with the candidates.

She encouraged them to give off their
best.

She also engaged the teachers and
management of the various schools in a bid to ascertain the preparedness of the
pupils.

She charged them not to allow anxiety to
have the better part of them and that they should see the examination as one of
their usual class exercises.

At the Kanda 3&4 examination centres,
seven schools had successfully written their first paper and were waiting for
the second paper for the first day which was Religious and Moral Education.

All the students were present for the
English Paper at the Kanda 3&5 Centres. 

“No I have not encountered any
examination malpractices and the invigilators and security are doing their
job,” said Ebenezer Lamptey, a centre supervisor.

Students’
Experience

“Yes, yes. Some people told me that it’s
going to be easy. Some people told me that it is difficult so I studied,” said
Ali Mohammed, a candidate at the Kanda 3&5 centre.

“When I saw the paper, I was very
excited because when I came here on Friday, I saw it’s like just a class test.
So I was very happy,” said Justine Essiam from Nima Presby.

“I am Quareshie Henry and I am from
Kings Royal International School. The preparation was much easy with the help
of our teachers. So we found the exams very cool, easy and also nice. It’s not
all that difficult,” another student stated.

Regional
Reports

From Tema, Vincent Kubi reports that
the candidates were admonished against examination malpractices.  

The Chief Executive of the Tema
Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La, said examination
malpractice could lead to the cancellation of the results of candidates, thereby
wasting the investments made by their parents.

He was joined by officials of the Ghana
Education Service (GES), Alhaji Shehu Khadiri, Tema Metro Coordinating Director
and Frank Asante, PRO of TMA, to tour some BECE centres in Tema.

For her part, Margaret Nsiah-Asare,
Tema Metro Education Director, advised the candidates to read questions
carefully before attempting to answer them.

Meanwhile, Deputy
Trade and Industry Minister, Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, has also cautioned
candidates taking this year’s exams against any form of spiritual intervention to
help them pass their exams.

According to him, spending
time to see pastors for spiritual warfare is an exercise in futility.

“Keep
revising your notes, read and understand instructions and always answer
questions you have enough answers to. There is no magic in helping one to pass
their examination,” he said.

From Bolgatanga,
Ebo Bruce-Quansah
writes that girls outnumbered the
boys in this year’s BECE in the region. 

According to him, 22,002 candidates in the Upper East Region
registered for the BECE at 88 selected examination centres across the region.

The number of girls (11,299) outnumbered that of the boys
(10,103).

According to him, the situation can be attributed to the
formation of girls’ peer clubs in basic schools and also other activities by Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGOs) towards the development of girls.

In 2018, a total of 21,140 finalists sat for the
examination, which implies this year has recorded a 3.9 per cent
increment. 

Before the start of the first paper, the Upper East Regional
Minister, Paulina Abayage, visited some of the examination centres in the
Bolgatanga Municipality to interact with the finalists and encourage them.

According to I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., from Kumasi, a female BECE candidate in a private school failed to take part
in this year’s examination due to pregnancy.

Perhaps due to fear of
stigmatization or other factors, the candidate failed to show up during the
first day of the BECE yesterday.

Martha Owusu Agyeman,
the Kumasi Metro Director of Education, who made the disclosure, said the
pregnant candidate should have mustered courage to take the examination.

She disclosed this when
she joined Kumasi Mayor, Osei Assibey Antwi, to visit some BECE centres in
Kumasi.

Hiccups

Fred Duodu, From Ho reports that a headmaster and a proprietor of the
Kekeli International School at 2nd Low Cost, a suburb of Aflao
in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region, were arrested yesterday for
allegedly registering 62 foreign students illegally for the BECE.

The MCE, Elliot Edem Agbenorwu, who confirmed the incident to DAILY GUIDE, said that out of the 156
students, who registered for the exams by Kekeli International, 62 students are
suspected to be Nigerians studying at the Faith Mission School in neighbouring
Togo.

The headmaster, Innocent Agblevor and the proprietor, Emmanuel
Mawuli, are currently in the custody of the Aflao Police assisting the police
in their investigations.

He explained that the school’s head and proprietor were arrested because preliminary investigations sanctioned by the Municipal Security Council, which he chairs, found that the students were ‘smuggled’ and not properly documented under the Ghanaian Immigration laws.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri & Nii Adjei Mensahfio



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