Reiterating government’s commitment of making education in Ghana better, the Deputy Minister of Education Hon. Barbara Asher Ayisi has said, BECE should not be the last examination to be taken by any Ghanaian child, rather be the beginning of many of such scholarly examinations, and has charged all candidates to prove to parents and the country that resources invested into their education over the years is worthwhile.
The Deputy Minister stated this in her goodwill message to all the candidates who are embarking on the 2017 Basic Education Certificate Exams (BECE), which begins today.
According Hon. Asher Ayisi, after many years of going through basic education, this is the time for accountability. This is the time for students to prove to parents, teachers, country and themselves that, the time and resources invested in them over the years have been worthwhile.
“Many students have a loathing for examinations; this should not be the case once you have prepared adequately”.
“Examination must be seen as a test that you take in order to get promoted to the next level of your education. With this in view, I want to encourage and urge you all to work hard in preparing for this critical examination; reflect on what your teachers have taught over the years and do intensive revision on each subject”. The Deputy Education Minister has urged.
Don’t put your hope on leaked questions, she said, Examination malpractice is a sign of unpreparedness and only students who are unprepared will rush to indulge in malpractices such as smuggling foreign materials into the examination halls. Be confident in yourselves and make your parents and teachers proud.
“As the students prepare to write this important examination, I also urge parents, teachers and community leaders to assist by psyching them up, motivate them, provide them with basic examination materials and advise them against examination malpractices”.
Hon. Asher Ayisi also urged teachers and invigilators to also play their part by creating a condusive examination atmosphere, free of fear and tension, which will go a long way to ensure the child’s success, as it allows the child the might and peace to think and write well.
“As the free SHS is sure to begin this September, I encourage all the candidates to work hard and come out with flying colours, so they can be part of this opportunity”. She noted.
She therefore used the opportunity to congratulate all BECE candidates for going through these years of basic education and to teachers and all stakeholders for their support towards these children.