THE Ghana Education Service (GES) has described as “successful” the first day of the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) across the country.
IT has been announced that a total of 468,053 candidates are sitting the examinations which commenced Monday, June 5 and will end on June 9, 2017.
ACCORDING to the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of GES, Rev. Jonathan Bettey, who was speaking on a private radio station in Accra yesterday, “The first day of this year’s BECE [which, started Monday, June 05, 2017] has been successful.”
THOUGH early days yet, we also think that it is a good thing that the examinations are going on smoothly as planned by the examining body—West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
HOWEVER, we expect the GES to look into the reported case of over 200 candidates who failed to take part in the first paper written on Monday June 5, 2017.
THIS rather unfortunate development, we understand, followed a misunderstanding between some chiefs and regional education authorities over the location of examination centres in Bindi South in the Bunpkurugu-Yunyoo District of the Northern Region.
AND our plea here is that if it is established that it was no fault of the candidates, the GES must impress on WAEC to fix a date for those affected candidates to write that paper.
WE have been given the firmest of assurances by WAEC that stringent measures have been put in place this time around to prevent the almost yearly incident of examination leakages which normally characterise WAEC examinations across the country and within the entire sub-Saharan region.
WE recall that last year there were leakages of some of the papers which development saw the cancellation of those leaked papers, much to the chagrin and disappointment of candidates who had studied hard to come out with flying colours.
AND as it has always been the case the candidates were compelled to re-write those papers.
WE expect that nothing of the sort would happen in this year’s BECE examinations.
THUS, we would like to use this medium to advise all candidates in this year’s BECE to resist the temptation of going all lengths to acquire questions. They must also know that carrying unwanted materials to the examination hall is criminal and can land one in jail.
AGAIN, Today wants to use this opportunity to caution invigilators against attempts to teach candidates. This is equally wrong and must not be encouraged.
THAT notwithstanding, Today wishes all BECE candidates who are taking part in the on-going examinations the best of luck. It is our expectation that all of them will come out with flying colours.