One of the invigilators at the Adugyama SHS Centre ‘A’ in the Ahafo Ano South District was temporarily walked out of the exam hall on the first day of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
The invigilator whose name the directorate has refused to give out was asked by the District Director of Education, Mr Nicholas Gyebi, to meet him outside to answer questions on why he knocked one of the candidates on the head.
And as he could not explain why he knocked the student without first reporting him to the invigilating supervisor, Mr Gyabi directed that he be dismissed from invigilating the remaining papers.
Speaking to this reporter via phone, Mr Gyebi confirmed the story, and added that the invigilator acted contrary to laid down rules and procedures in the district.
“After their applications we took them through orientation and taught them not to bully any of the students or treat them in a manner that would make them timid while writing the exam but he acted contrary,” the education director explained.
He noted that in case of any malpractice, the invigilators knew what to do and not to bully the candidates for any reason.
Even though the district director took the action in aid of the candidates, some of them felt being knocked for copying was far better than having your paper cancelled so were not enthused at the dismissal of the invigilator.
“It will make the rest wild on us and the little mistake will lead to the cancelling of our papers,” one of the students told this reporter.
Meanwhile, Mr Gyebi addressing the candidates promised to give the best male student GHC500 as his prize for emerging tops in the district.
This was after he announced the Member of Parliament’s offer of educational support for the best female candidate.
He also commended the female students, saying ‘this year is special because we are writing the exam without any case of pregnancy.’
Story: From James APPIAKORANG JNR., KUMASI, ASHANTI REGION