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DANQUAH INSTITUTE WELCOMES START OF BECE SEASON

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The Danquah Institute has issued a communiqué wishing every success for candidates as they begin writing the Basic Education Certificate Examination. BECE practical exams begin from today, Monday April 8.

The Danquah Institute has issued a communiqué wishing every success for candidates as they begin writing the Basic Education Certificate Examination. BECE practical exams begin from today, Monday April 8.

The West African Examinations Council BECE qualification enables junior high school students to progress at the end of their third and final year to senior high school.

Speaking on behalf of DI, Ghana’s leading liberal think tank, Palgrave Boakye-Danquah, head of programmes at the Institute, lamented that in recent years the BECE “lost the sanctity, the integrity and the belief” that Ghanaians attach to it.

He cited past malpractices such as leaks of question papers, at times involving JHS staff, and voiced widespread anxiety at how this reflects on the kinds and quality of graduates that Ghana produces.

Renew faith in the exams

“It is the Institute’s belief that collective, concerted and decisive efforts from WAEC, the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service, teacher unions, parents, students and other stakeholders are required to make this year’s BECE one that is devoid of malpractices,” Mr Boakye-Danquah said.

“This will help restore the faded sanctity and integrity of our examinations.”

Over 500,000 young people have registered to sit for this year’s BECE. They include roughly 32,000 candidates who will be rewriting their exams to give them a chance to benefit from the government’s Free SHS policy.

These students could not be placed in any senior high school, vocational school or technical institute in 2018 because their overall grades were poor or because they failed the core subjects of English language and mathematics.

Additional staff recruits

In 2017, BECE candidates who could not qualify for admission to a higher-level secondary training institution were obliged to re-register and rewrite the BECE as private candidates.

President Akufo-Addo ordered that the state should pay for their resits and offer them the chance to retake the senior high school entry exams. The President said he wished to ensure that no one in Ghana is denied access to quality second-cycle education.

Thousands of extra GES staff were also recruited to support teachers.

Between 2013 and 2017, over 493,000 BECE candidates qualified to pursue their education at SHS level but could not do so because they were not enrolled.

“Good luck to all the candidates,” Mr Boakye-Danquah said. “May everyone sitting this year’s BECE exams emerge a triumph.”