Thirty Junior High School students, who registered to write the just-ended Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the Wenchi Municipality in the Bono Region, failed to show up.
The absentee candidates are made up of 13 males and 17 females, out of a total of 2,058 who registered to write the BECE in the Wenchi Municipality this year.
Mr. Seth Mensah, Municipal Examination Coordinator of the Municipal Directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES), disclosed this in an interview monitored by The Chronicle on Wenchi-based Radio West Africa.
“At the end of the examinations, thirty candidates failed to show up,” he said.
“For those who did not show up to write the exams, two girls of the Droboso L/A Junior High School were reported dead, one of the boys also had traveled outside the country,” he said.
According to the Examinations Coordinator, “one of the female candidates could not show up because she was pregnant, while another female candidate had given birth just a day before the commencement of the BECE.”
Mr. Mensah further said that the reasons for the rest of the absentee candidates were unknown.
“As at the end of the examinations, we had not received any reasons for the rest of the absentee candidates.”
It would be recalled that The Chronicle reported that 14 pregnant girls and 11 nursing mothers sat for the BECE in the Wenchi Municipality.
The Wenchi Municipal Director of Education, Mrs. Mary Nyarko Adu Twum, said that for the nursing mothers, caretakers were at the examination centers to take care of their babies, while they wrote their exam.
“Arrangements have been made for caretakers to see to the babies whose mothers are writing the exams,” she said at the start of the examination.
SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL SELECTION
The Ghana Education Service (GES) has announced that this year’s school selection process of Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates into the various Senior High Schools across the country would commence from November 29, 2021 to December 14, 2021.
Ahead of the process, the GES was engaging various stakeholders on the guidelines for the schools selection.
The exercise would take place in all the respective Regional, District Education Directorates and schools. To this end, the GES was imploring parents to be much involved in the school selection process.
“Parents and guardians are particularly advised to take keen interest in the selection of schools processes to ensure a smooth placement year,” the GES said.
A total number of 571,894 candidates sat for this year’s BECE from , Monday, November 15, 2021, to Friday, November 19, 2021, at 2,158 centres across the country.
SCRAPPING OF BECE
In 2019, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) hinted that the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) will soon be removed from the country’s educational system.
According to NaCCA, the BECE has outlived its relevance. Speaking in an interview, Dr. Armah said there is enough evidence to support the need to introduce a new approach in testing the quality of teaching that pupils receive in Ghanaian schools.
“The nomenclature called BECE will be scrapped totally. An exam will be used to do placements going forward. A criterion reference system will be used; BECE has outlived its usefulness in this country. The reports are there to prove this. The current examination known as the BECE is not standard,” he stated.
He also revealed that “The National Assessment Test will be done at Primary 2, 4, 6 & JHS 2. The end of term exams will not be replaced by the Assessment Test”.
“At primary 2 the children will write the National Assessment Test so we can tell their strengths and weaknesses. When we identify the learning gaps the teachers will have to give such children special attention. Every Ghanaian child would write the end of term exams. The precious curriculum is what we describe as the objectivism curriculum. It focused more on what the teacher must achieve. This one focuses on what the children should know”, he added.
The Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is the main examination to qualify students for admission into secondary and vocational schools in Ghana. It is written after three years of junior high school education.