Mr Edward Azure, the Upper East Regional Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has challenged candidates in this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to change the poor BECE results recorded over the years.
“The results of the Region have not been encouraging in the past few years. We are always competing with the last. If we are not always last, we are last but one, that is not good. I know you have prepared well and will change the narrative once and for all.”
Speaking to the BECE candidates in the Bolgatanga Municipality prior to the commencement of the examination, Mr Azure advised them to carefully read through the examination questions, understand and answer them appropriately.
“This year round, I expect that you are not going to compete with the last, but you will compete with the best. So take your time, read the questions well, obey all the exam instructions,” he told the candidates.
The GES Director also cautioned them that “If you cheat during the exams, you will have your results cancelled. So obey the instructions and come out the best, and we will be proud of you.”
Mr Rex Asanga, the Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) who also addressed the candidates, wished them the best of luck and said “We are expecting so much from you people.”
He encouraged the candidates to perform creditably so that they would enjoy the benefits of the Free Senior High School policy, “So try your best and don’t indulge in any examination malpractices.”
The MCE noted that the Region had performed below 50 per cent in the BECE over the years and was confident that with Government’s investment in basic education, it was their expectation that this year’s results would be good.
As early as 0600hours, some students from both public and private Junior High Schools (JHS) were at the Bolgatanga Girls Senior High School, the Bolgatanga Technical Institution and the Zamse Senior High Technical School in readiness for their first paper.
A total of 2,988 candidates comprising 1,388 males and 1,600 females from 48 public and 23 private schools are to sit for the week-long examination in the Bolgatanga Municipality.