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Professor Kwesi Yankah tours BECE centres in Accra

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This year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) took off yesterday with a few hitches at some of the centres.

While the examination started behind schedule at some centres, at other centres invigilators threatened to boycott the exercise over the inability of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to pay them their accrued allowances.

The Minister of State for Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, after touring some centres, warned officials assigned to conduct the BECE that that the government would not tolerate any lateness on their part.

“We have pointed it out to them that there is absolutely no excuse for lateness. They knew when the examination was to start and things like traffic being an impediment will not be accepted from tomorrow going.

“This government, as has been pointed out time and again, is very sensitive aqbout punctuality and the President has said it over and over again. We urge everybody to come along with the President in instilling discipline in society,” he stated.

The advice from Prof. Yankah followed the late start of the examination at some centres where the candidates waited for the officials who arrived with the examination papers after the official starting time of 9 a.m.

Entourage

Prof. Yankah was accompanied by the acting Director-General of the GES, Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, and his two deputies, Mrs Cynthia Bosumtwi-Sam, in charge of Basic Education, and Mr. Anthony Boateng, in charge of Management Service, as well as the public relations officers of the ministry and the GES.

The minister and his entourage visited six centres, including the Kanda Cluster of Schools, Accra High School, Achimota Basic and Preparatory School, Achimota School and Anunmle Junior High School.

Prof. Yankah said the officials scheduled to administer the examination should not use traffic as an excuse because they needed to take into consideration where they stayed and leave early enough to be able to get to the examination centres well before time.

Advice to students

Advising the students, he reminded them that the examination was particularly crucial to the government, as it was the first BECE that would usher the students directly into the free SHS policy.

In view of that, he said government was in expectation of better results from the candidates, to qualify them for admission into SHSs to enjoy free SHS education.

He conveyed government’s best wishes to the candidates, cautioned against any act of malpractice that could hamper their future ambitions.

“I know you have been prepared adequately by your teachers for this very day. Pleased be advised that any illegal act you engage in today will lead to the cancellation of your paper and all what you’ve dreamt of becoming in future will be in jeopardy,” he stressed.

Payment of allowances

Prof. Opoku Amankwa assured invigilators that the GES was working on the payment of their allowances.

He said the money would have been paid last week but that the Finance Unit of the GES needed to be sure of the right numbers


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