Member of Parliament (MP) for Nabdam, Dr Mark Kurt Nawaane, has customised 800 sets of mathematical instruments and same number of exercise books with his portrait as his donation to some 709 candidates registered in his constituency for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
The 709 pupils are among the 21, 140 examinees enrolled in the Upper East Region for the examination scheduled to start on Monday June 4 and end on Friday June 8.
Delivering the items last Monday to the Nabdam District Education Directorate at Kongo, the MP explained that he branded the stationery as a strategy to put the candidates in the pathway to success by psychologically accompanying them into their various examination halls throughout the exams week to boost their confidence.
“It is branded with the Ghana colours and, of course, my picture, reminding them (the candidates) that the MP is giving them his total support. I want them to know that they have my prayers, I’m there for them and the whole Nabdam is behind them,” the legislator said.
The district, despite the evil duo of child labour in illegal mining and teenage pregnancies reported to have plagued many of its schools, performed better at the BECE in 2017 than it did in 2016, according to the directorate. But it declined strongly Monday to furnish data-seeking journalists with figures to back its claims.
Dr Nawaane was optimistic the support offered the candidates, together with the brand, would be a difference maker. If his donation changes the game as he envisages, it would be totally unlike the outcome of a similar donation a politician once made to some basic schools in the region.
He shared free writing materials embossed with his picture in high hopes of seeing improved performance later. The candidates failed so ‘thoroughly’ the prospect of a resit was a nightmare in that district.
Aside from the stationery donation, the MP also presented two sets of jerseys and a football to the sports unit of the directorate as well as an amount of Gh¢6,200 which he said should be used to organise a mock examination for the BECE candidates.
“For the mocks, I’m donating GH¢6,200 from my GETFund of 2017. We hope that this will help the Ghana Education Service to conduct whatever exams that they need to conduct for our BECE students to get them prepared very well for the exams,” Dr. Nawaane told a gathering at the donation ceremony.
This is not the first time the lawmaker, who drilled 13 boreholes for his constituency a few months ago.
In 2016, he handed out mathematical sets to basic final-year pupils and Gh¢3,000 for practice examination. Last year, he presented mathematical sets again and an amount of Gh¢5,000 to the directorate to prepare the candidates.
In a word of appreciation delivered on behalf of the GES, the acting Nabdam District Director of Education, Stephanie Mosore, said the support rendered by the MP would help curb incidents of examination malpractice at BECE centres.
Story: News Desk