For the first time in the Western Region, the Regional Minister and his entourage from the Coordinating Council, will not tour examination centers to check on students whiles they write their basic education certificate examination (BECE) this week. The BECE started today. Candidates all over the country are writing their English and Religious and Moral Education papers. A total of fifty three thousand four hundred and thirty-six students are expected to write this year’s BECE in the Western Region.
Public Relations Officer for the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), Prince Addae Awere says the decision is motivated by the fact that students get nervous when such entourage storm the examination centers whiles they write the papers. He adds that the RCC had wanted to collaborate with the Ghana Education Service directorate to meet up with the students before the exams started.
“The Regional Minister had wanted to meet the candidates before they write the exams but due to some challenges the GES couldn’t pull that up. So we will not tour the exams centers this year. This is because we’ve realized the students are intimidated by the presence of the ministers’ entourage and inspection at the centers” he noted.
Mr Awere adds that the GES has an inspectorate division that would supervise and report to the RCC on issues regarding the examination. He explains an inter-departmental meeting would be held after the examination at the RCC to inform decisions at the regional and possibly the national level.
“The regional and district education directorates have a monitoring mechanism that provides feedback on their observations at the exams centers. These are fed into meetings with the Heads of Departments at the RCC, and later forwarded to the Ministry of Education for the needed action to be taken”, he justified.
He continued that some arrangement is being done to organize a forum for the students on Monday June 11, 2018. He noted issues on the Free SHS policy, decent lifestyle, and work would drive the engagement.