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The Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates in the Mfantseman Municipality who have made up their minds to be absenting themselves from school will have their ambition to complete Junior High School foiled.
This follows a caution made by the municipal Education directorate that BECE candidates who will not be attending school after registration will not be allowed to write the exams come June.
The revelation was made by the ICT and statistics Coordinator at the Mfantseman Municipal Education Directorate, Francis Arko-Mensah, when addressing BECE candidates from some 10 public and private basic schools in the Anomabo Circuit in the Mfantseman Municipality at a program organized by the Anomabo Area of Boys and Girls Club (BGC-A) in collaboration with Anomabo/Yamoransa Local GNAT, aimed at briefing the BECE candidates on schools selection and placement.
“I am here to send a warning to every candidate here that anyone who stays at home won’t be allowed to write the examination……. yes truants won’t be allowed to take part. It does not matter whether you’ve paid your registration fee or not, whether you’ve registered or not you won’t take part ……..we ( the education directorate) are not going to entertain truancy”, he said.
“A certain paper is going round in all the schools in the municipality, I believe some of you have signed it……if it has not come to your school, it will come so expect it…. it is an undertaking (bond) that you are made to sign to promise that you won’t stay at home till you finish the exams”,he added.
This according to him was among the measures put in place by the Municipal Education Directorate to improve on the results recorded last year.
According to him,last year was the year the Municipality performed worst in the BECE.
It will be recalled that the Mfantseman Municipal Chief Executive, Kenneth Kelly Essuman,on December 13, last year summoned some 45 heads of public and private basic schools schools in the Municipality which did not performed in the 2017 BECE.
For his part, Mr Anthony Sampson, the guidance and counsel coordinator at the Kwegyir Aggrey Senior High Technical School (KASTHS), advised the candidates to do broad consultations in order for them to know the course that matches with the profession they want to pursue in future.
“Most students end up in pursuing wrong course just because they didn’t consult people to know where their strengths lie…..so as a candidate, you must know what and who you want to do and be in future so that you’re assisted in the course to pursue in order not to end up offering wrong course”, he explained.
Mr. Benjamin Bunyan, the Technical and Vocational Education Technical (TVET) coordinator at Mfantseman Education Directorate, who was the main speaker at the program rubbished the idea that vocational and technical education is for those who are not academically good.
He said “I don’t expect any of you here to become a wayward person. We expect all of you to project, move higher and higher, but for you to move higher, it is not only being at the office that will make you whoever you are, let’s ask ourselves one question……look at the building that we are in ……was it built by those at the office? Look at your school uniform was it sown by those at the office? Look at your sandals and shoes,were they made by those at the office……. So what I’m telling you is that there are a lot of courses that can make you whoever you are…… I’ve mentioned refrigeration and air conditioning, carpentry and joinery, fashion designing, food and nutrition so mind you each and everyone here has a peculiar talent so think of where you can excel in you”…….he explained.
In an interview with the Director of the club, Isaac Kweku Quainoo, he said the rationale behind the program was to sensitize the minds of the candidates on some of the courses offered in the second cycle schools and also explained to them how the selection and the placement are made.
In attendance were heads and teachers of some schools in the Municipality and officers from the Municipal Education Directorate and was chaired by Mrs. W.F. Garbrah, head teacher of Anomabo Anglican JHS.
Source: Kojo Ata Kakrah Abrowah || ghananewsonline.com.gh