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2015 BECE Begins Successfully

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The 2015 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) began Monday at 1,546 examination centres across the country.

In all, 438,030 candidates from 13,438 public and private schools were registered to sit for the examination.

The Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, during a tour of some of the centres in Accra said about 229,724 of the number was males while 208,306 were females.

She said the figure represents an increase of 15,084 which is 3.56 per cent over last year’s number of 422,946.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang advised the candidates to comport themselves during the five-day examination and avoid practices that could mar the exercise and put the examination into disrepute.

She also encouraged them to bring to bear what they have been taught by their teachers during their 9 years basic education and ensure that they do their best adding “we have adequately prepared the students and we believe they will do well”.

At Accra High School, where the Minister made her first point of call, about 489 candidates from 11 schools were gathered as at 8: 20 a.m. to sit for the English Language paper two, which was the first paper.

The supervisor of the centre, Mr. Emmanuel Tekyi said all the candidates registered for the centre had reported except only one person who was absent because of sickness.

According to him, materials for the examination were delivered on time to enable the centre start exactly 9 a.m. and close as scheduled by the West African Examination Council (WAEC).

The deputy Minister of Education in charge of tertiary education, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa also visited some centres at Nungua and Teshie to familiarize himself with the exercise.

The centres include those at Teshie Southern Cluster of Schools, Nungua Senior High School (SHS), Quaye Nungua centre and Nungua LEKMA 1.

Mr. Ablakwa urged the candidates to eschew malpractices and rather be guarded by examination regulations which he believed would help carve a positive image for examinations in the country.

At Teshie Southern Cluster of Schools, over 600 candidates from 21 schools sat for the first paper at three different centres.

The English Language paper two began exactly at 9 a.m. when the candidates were comfortably seated and ready for the paper.

The supervisor for centre B, Mr. Isaac Acquah said the materials were delivered on time by WAEC while students from schools including Living Glory School, Amen International, Anny-Maria all reported except one absentee from Standford Junior High School (JHS).

Joshua Odai, a student of Harmony JHS, told said he was adequately prepared for the examination and believed he will excel.


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