Story by: Sarah Agyekum,level300 JnB, Linda Nyarko, Dip1 & Priscilla Afenyi, Dip1
This year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) commenced today, June 13, 2016 across the country with 461,013 candidates from 14,267 schools.
The Ashanti region recorded the highest number of candidates to sit for the examination with a total number of 91,349. This is followed by the Greater Accra region with 81,920 candidates. The Upper West region had the least number with 12,521 candidates. Visually impaired students to sit for the examination are 57 (www.waecdirect.org)
The supervisor in charge of Accra High School centre, Mr. Emmanuel Takyi, stated in an interview with gijonlinenews.com that all 269 candidates from the expected nine private schools posted to the centre were present for the examination with the exception of one. Some of the schools were Ridge Church School, John Harvard International School, St. Cecilia Basic School, Mercy Preparatory and Kanda Basic School.
“The examination has so far been smooth and perfect with no recorded cases of malpractice. The place was arranged earlier and the examination commenced at exactly 9:20am. It was so because today marked the beginning of the exams and we needed to organize ourselves and tell them the rules,” Mr. Takyi said.
Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu, a representative from Ghana Education Service (GES) and Regional Manager of Islamic Educational Unit, Greater Accra (GES) said he was impressed with the arrangement at the centre. “This is the first centre I am visiting and the change I have noticed is that a big hall has been provided and all candidates have been assembled here. The halls have been very well arranged and are spacious. It is very airy and so well-illuminated,” he said.
He also stated that the positioning of the invigilators was good. “This is because the hall has been spaced out and this will allow for independent work and the invigilators will also be able to see from every corner,” he added.
The Circuit Supervisor of the Teshie Northern Cluster of Schools A, B and C, Akosua Agyei Twum, disclosed that the examination materials arrived around 8:30am. This she said delayed the normal time for the commencement of the exam from 9:00am to 9:20am.
According to her, the number of schools seated for the exam was 31 which comprised of both private and public schools. Some of the schools she mentioned were LEKMA 2, 5, 11 and 12 JHS, Teshie Nungua Estates School, Mensah Sabah School, King Godson, Ford International School, Christ Disciples School, Noble Child Academy and Supreme Academy.
After the first paper, which was English Language, some candidates expressed their sentiments. Amenhyia Daniel Coffie from Christ Disciple School said it was “cool” and he was ready for his next paper which was Religious and Moral Education (RME).
According to Ernestina Agyei, a candidate from LEKMA 5 JHS, though the English paper was not easy, they were fortunate 50% of their trial questions in school appeared.
Barbara Mensah, a candidate from Noble Child Academy, described her thoughts on the paper. “It was a bit difficult even though I had encountered similar ones in the past questions,” she said.
However, there was an account of a pregnant candidate in that centre, name withheld. According to her, there had been no sort of harassment from both students and invigilators. She however stated that, it had been difficult sitting for hours because her waist hurt. As such, she took a stroll around and returned to her seat to continue. She also commended her teachers for the support and encouragement given to her to come and write the examination.