By mark yama
All 2015 BECE Candidates of the Techiman North District have been taken through a program dubbed “School Clinic“. The One-day Programme which was organized by Iber Consult with support from the District Education Directorate saw the participation of over BECE 800 Candidates from 38 schools across the district.
The programme which took place on Tuesday, 13th May, 2015 at the Ekumfi Ameyaw SHS at Aworowa in the Techiman North District also saw the participation of the District Director of Education, representatives of the Aworowa Traditional Council, and the District Assembly.
The School Clinic according to the organizers was being organized for the candidates because research conducted over the years on the reasons for student failure in examinations revealed that at all the levels of education, quite a number of students fail their exams not for the reasons of being bad students, but, because of sometimes, the lack of understanding of questions, the psychological fear towards exams and inadequate knowledge of general examination environment such as BECE which would be their first time of writing such external examination of such relevance.
The Organizers therefore thanked the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare for supporting the organization of the programme amidst cheers and claps from the seemingly happy children at the Assembly Hall. They stated that without the help from the Hon. Minister who hails from the District, it would have been difficult organizing the successful event.
In a speech read on her behalf, the Hon. Minister stated noted she appreciates the role children play in our societies: in that they are our future leaders and as such she is always ready to pass her support to them. She advised the candidates to learn hard and also be respectful to their teachers, parents and the elderly.
The Hon. Minister prayed that, with this programme and others being organized for the candidates, she believe that they will come out very successful come June, 2015 when the examinations starts.
The District Director of Education advised the candidates to desist from examination malpractice as such action could result in the cancelation of their entire results and also they could be banned by WAEC from writing future examinations. Nananom from the Aworowa Traditional Council also advised the candidates to eschew negative practices and be friends with their books in order to secure a great future.
The candidates were also taken through a touching and memorable motivational and psychological sessions dubbed “Urge Over Your Education“ and “Grab your 1s“ by the motivational speaker, Mr Evans Owusu Appiah amidst claps from the candidates. This session debatably the best session for the candidates on the day took them through how best to learn and ways to learn and understand. The energetic and humorous speaker attracted the attention of both candidates and teachers present, as they consistently cheered him up.
The Examination Coordinator took the candidates through the do`s and don`ts of examinations and advised the candidates to be at examinations centres 30 minutes before the start of an examination.
At the end of the programme, the District Director of Education stated that the event will be institutionalized and extended to other students. He prayed stakeholders to support in that regard.
Some of the students spoken to thank the organizers for the programme as it have exposed them to very important and pertinent issues they knew nothing about before the programme had taken off. They thanked especially the Hon. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare for supporting the programme and stated that they will come out with flying colours to the admiration of their parents, themselves, the Hon. Minister ad all stakeholders.
The programme has been spoken off as the most successful and impactful educational programme organized in the district so far and hope such events and held often.