There has been a steady increase in the number of females writing the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) over the last three years in the Ashanti Region.
The development is described by the Ghana Education Service (GES) as encouraging, especially as the nation works to achieve inclusive and equitable quality education as spelt out in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Four.
According to figures released by the GES, the region had 51,516 females out of the total 104, 461 candidates sitting for the examination in 2019.
In 2020, the figure rose to 52,832 females writing the examination out of the total 106,857, while 55,598 females out of the total 111,423 candidates are writing the examination in 2021.
Mr. Mark Ofori, the Regional Public Relations Officer, GES, in an interview with the media in Kumasi, said female education was key to the human resource development of the nation.
This is in view of the critical role they played in the society’s development agenda, he noted, and called on female candidates writing this year’s BECE to work hard in order to achieve their educational goals.
They should concentrate on their books, and eschew all forms of malpractices to enhance the success of the examination.
Mr. Ofori said the region had not recorded any untoward incident since the BECE started on Monday, November 15, saying the GES officials would continue to monitor the examination.