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The youth wing of New Patriotic Party (NPP) has entreated the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to ensure that this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is conducted devoid of leakages.
In all, a total of 468,053 candidates from over 15,000 public and private schools began this year’s BECE yesterday at 1,702 examination centers across the country.
Over a decade now, the incidence of examination malpractice has been on the ascendancy, especially in the BECE and West Africa Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSSCE).
In view of this, Members of Parliament (MPs) have appealed to WAEC to take all the requisite precautionary measures to bring an abrupt end to the menace of leaked examination questions and the occurrence of examination malpractices.
In order to record a clean BECE, therefore, the General Secretary of the Christian Council, Reverend Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong has added his voice, noting that: “WAEC and other authorities involved must see to it that, as a result of one person’s irresponsible behaviour, students are not called to rewrite papers.”
Besides, the National Youth Organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Samuel Awuku, on Monday, said WAEC has a responsibility to ensure that the perennial pain, inconvenience and psychological trauma inflicted on both parents and students as a result of its failure to observe best practices is avoided this year.
He said: “This year, WAEC should strategize to make sure that there is no leakage of examination questions and any records of examination malpractices whatsoever.”
Contained in a statement signed by him, Mr. Awuku said the youth wing of the NPP requests all BECE candidates to give off their best, as it wishes them well in their first external national examination.
Meanwhile, students are optimistic of better performances this year, following nationwide pep-talks and forums which were organised to psyche students up for the examinations.
Some students The Chronicle interacted with before the examination, said the series of internal and external mock exams they sat in their schools were enough to prepare them for the BECE.
For instance, at the Saint Augustine’s Catholic School, Ashaiman, students from CeCOM Royals School, said they had adequately prepared for this year’s BECE and their confidence was high after the first English Language paper.
This year is the school’s maiden outing, therefore, Evans Agorsor, one of the CeCOM Royals School’s candidates said they were working hard to ensure that they hoist the flag of their school high.
In all, 3,446 students were expected to sit this year’s BECE at 13 examination centres in the Ashaiman Municipality.
In the Tema Metropolis, where a total of 7,183 students were sitting the exams at 25 centres, health personnel were put at post to provide first aid treatment to any student who will experience examination phobia.
Furthermore, sanitary pads were in abundance for any female student who might abruptly mess herself during the five days of sitting.
During his tour of a couple of the examination centres, Felix Mensah-La, the Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) encouraged the students to ensure that they stick to their books to ensure that they make their parents and teachers proud.
He reminded them of the huge investments their parents had made in their education and the time their teachers had spent with them in ensuring that they come out successfully and gain admission into their choices of Senior High Schools (SHSs).
Lastly, Mr. Mensah-La assured the students of tgovernment’s readiness to see them enjoy the much touted free SHS education from September this year.
The examinations are expected to span a week, from Monday, June 5 to Friday, June 9.