From Francis Owusu-Ansah, Berekum
Three pregnant girls and one lactating mother are among 829 candidates from 35 basic schools writing the 2019 BECE in the Berekum West District in the Bono Region.
The candidates from 24 public and 11 private schools, made up of 411 boys and 418 girls are writing the examinations at six centers across the district.
When the Berekum West District Chief Executive, Mr Isaac Osei and officials of the Ghana Education Service visited the Jinijini Senior High School, four candidates were absent at the center.
Mr. Osei encouraged candidates to stay focused and give off their best. He also advised them not to indulge in examination malpractices, but rather abide by all the rules governing the BECE.
The DCE urged the candidates to be confident instead of entertaining fear and relying on ‘apor’ to write the exams.
“You are the future leaders of this country and your journey to greatness and a successful life begins now so make the most of it”, he said.
Most of the candidates after sitting for the English Language indicated that the examination was “okay” and that they would come out with flying colours at the end of the day.
In the Wenchi Municipality also in the Bono region, a total of 1,891 candidates from 83 schools are writing the BECE.
The Examination Coordinator of the Municipal Directorate of the Ghana Education Service, Mr. Seth Mensah, told The Chronicle that out of the 1,891 candidates, 995 are males while 896 are females.
The examination will be written at 11 centers across the Municipality with 79 supervisors and invigilators.
He advised the candidates to focus on their studies and do independent work and avoid any examination malpractices.
The Member of Parliament for Wenchi who double as Minister for Planning encouraged the BECE candidates in the area to approach their examination with confidence.
” I sincerely hope that you will not panic, stay cool, calm and collected as you enter the exam room and you will surely do well to make Wenchiman, your families, your good selves and Ghana proud”, the MP said.