The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, has encouraged candidates sitting for the 2017 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the municipality to put in their best efforts to excel in the exams. She said this when she toured some of the centres in the municipality.
4,141 pupils registered to sit for the 2017 BECE in the Ga East Municipality from 167 schools; 34 Public and 133 Private, with 1,988 Boys and 2,153 making up the total candidates.
The municipality has 17 Exams Centres and involves 17 Supervisors, 15 Assistant Supervisors and 145 Invigilators.
To assess the state of preparedness of the centres and officers charged to oversee the conduct of the exams in the municipality as well as provide motivation for the candidates, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, visited some of the exams centres.
Accompanied by the Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), Alhaji Shehu Awudu Kadiri, and the Municipal Director of Education (MDE), Ms. Florence Esi Damali among other officers from the Education Directorate, the Hon. MCE visited Akporman Model Basic School, old Avenue, Kwabenya Atomic A & B and Kwabenya M/A centres.
At Akporman, the Hon. MCE addressed the candidates before the commencement of the first paper.
She reminded them of their task to write and excel to move the municipality beyond the previous performance in 2016.
“We placed 10th out of 216 Districts nationwide and 4th out of the 16 Districts in the Greater Accra Region in the Performance ratings of the 2016 Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE). We therefore expect nothing from you than an improvement upon this performance, and I know, you will make us proud again”.
She told the candidates that they were privileged to be the first batch of students to benefit from the Free Senior High School (SHS) Policy promised by President Nana Addo.
“I encourage you to put in your maximum efforts to ensure that you pass in order to benefit from the Free SHS Policy. Abide by all the regulations and do not take any foreign materials to the exam room so that you don’t miss out on the chance to complete successfully and benefit from the policy”, the Hon. MCE admonished the candidates.
Hon. Janet T. Mensah commended the Education Directorate for the orderliness in the conduct of the examinations and expressed satisfaction with the conditions at the exams.
The Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD) Alhaji Shehu Awudu Kadiri, told the candidates to concentrate on the papers and do well to reproduce what they had learnt in class.
On her part, the Municipal Director of Education (MDE), Ms. Florence Esi Damali, noted that the total number of candidates who registered for this year’s BECE was the highest since she came into the municipality in 2012.
She said the Directorate took steps to ensure that there was no examination malpractices and any untoward situation.
“We went to the various schools prior to the examinations and advised the teachers, candidates and supervisors to desist from the tendencies to indulge in malpractices”, she explained.
The MCE and her entourage were informed that one of the 305 candidates registered to sit for the exams at the Kwabenya-Atomic centre passed on prior to the exams.
The BECE is expected to end on Friday, June 9th, 2017.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman
Pictures: Sefa Darkey