The Ghana Education Service (GES), says it intends to organise a sensitization programme on Senior High School (SHS) selection process for candidates in the just ended Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
He Mr Nathaniel N-yaaba, the Upper East Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO) said the week-long sensitization programme is scheduled to commence on Monday, November 22, 2021, across all the 15 Municipalities and Districts in the Region.
The PRO, who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Bolgatanga, advised the Junior High School (JHS) graduates not to travel to Southern Ghana as it was the case among most JHS students after the BECE.
“The temptation of some of them travelling to relatives, and some moving down South to work is there, but after the examination, they need to select schools. For some years now, the school selection is done after the examination.
“This is so because the candidates have written and they know what they wrote and that will guide them to do a conscious selection of the schools.
“We will use seven days to sensitize them before the selection process,” Mr N-yaaba explained.
He indicated that they would be sensitized on how to select schools of their choice, noting that even though parents or guardians would be allowed to guide them, they could not sign on the selection form for their children.
“So, they don’t have to travel now. They have to remain at home, finish this exercise and if they want to travel, they could do so,” the GES PRO said.
Mr N-yaaba said the fact that they had completed JHS did not mean they were done with education, and further admonished them to continue to read their books and not indulge in acts of alcoholism and social vices.
He said if they continued to read, they would go through the SHS system, which is the next level of their educational ladder, smoothly to become responsible citizens, “They should continue to read, this is not the end of their education. It is just the first stage.”
Speaking on the observation of the monitoring team from the Regional Directorate of the GES during the week-long examination, Mr N-yaaba said the candidates comported themselves and abided by the rules governing the examination.
“We have monitored all the 15 Municipalities and Districts in the Upper East Region and we didn’t hear of any indiscipline issues. We observed that there were no absentees in some centres, while others had one or two absentees.”
He said at some examination centres, some candidates had passed on after they were registered, while reasons for other absentees could not be immediately established, adding that the candidates sat for the BECE under strict COVID-19 protocols.
The PRO congratulated all the BECE candidates in the Region for successfully taking part in the examination and wished them well in their next level in education.
In the Upper East Region, a total of 22,121 candidates comprising 11,544 females and 10,577 males in public and private schools registered to write the just ended BECE, which began on Monday, November 15, 2021.