District Director of the Ghana Education Service in the Wa West district, Richard A. Ablimsige, has called on candidates sitting for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to offer their best in ensuring the standards set by their predecessors in the district are maintained if not improved.
Addressing the press after the inspection of three designated centres in the Wa West District for the BECE, Mr. Ablimsige Richard cautioned all candidates ahead of the BECE to be studious and refrain from all forms of examination malpractice. He indicated that the basis to success in life is hard work and honesty and therefore tasked candidates, invigilators and supervisors to bear in mind the good name that the Wa West district has carved for itself and desist from creating any bad reportage that will take way the shine of the district. He further reminded the candidates of the previous envious performances put up by their predecessors emanating from the past three years which has placed the wa west district in both the regional and national map for good performance and thus called on them to emulate same.
“Candidates should maintain the standards “. He advised, adding that, until the candidates passed their BECE, they would not have the opportunity to benefit from the government’s Free Senior High School Programme, hence the need for the students to put up their best to ensure the continuity of their education.
The GES Director also disclosed that all logistics for a successful conduct of the examination were ready far ahead of the exams. He therefore commended the West African Examination Council (WAEC) for such timely preparations. The Wa West district has presented a total of 1,639 candidates comprising, 880 males and 759 females for the West African Examination Council’s five-day examination which commenced on Monday, September 14, 2020. The 2020 figure has seen about eight per cent increase over last year’s figure of 1,501 candidates.
Speaking on some challenges faced by candidates at the district level, Mr. Ablimsige revealed that, furniture has been a major challenge this year in all the three designated centres but indicated that “the interest of the child has always been the priority of management and the efforts of educational stakeholders now and over the years are worth acknowledging and management is grateful to them”. He stated that, management has taken notice of these challenges and is ready to make the candidates comfortable throughout the examination.
This year’s BECE candidate’s will be writing the exams amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic. In that regard, Mr. Ablimsige A. Richard said “we are in a terrible era where COVID 19 has placed education in total distress, which demands critical thinking. I believe this situation is not new to us anymore and we will do everything within our reach to curb the deadly coronavirus. The BECE will be conducted with absolute regards to all Covid-19 safety protocols”. He concluded that management of the Ghana Education Service in the Wa West District will ensure that sanity is maintained during the 2020 BECE.