The Northern Regional Minister has challenged candidates sitting for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to do their maximum best to go higher in their educational career to enjoy more opportunities provided by government.
Mr. Salifu Sa-eed urged the BECE candidates to be discipline and conduct themselves well throughout the examination period and warned them against exam malpractice.
He said government is ready to incur the cost of their school fees and other learning materials when they pass the ongoing exams.
According to data from the Ghana Education Service, about 29, 074 candidates are writing the BECE examinations in the northern region consisting of 15, 805 males and 13, 269 female students.
The minister said the future of Ghana rest on the shoulders of the teenagers and assured them of the government’s commitment and determination to provide the enabling environment and free educational opportunities for them to study hard and make their parents and government proud.
Mr. Sa-eed made these remarks when he toured some of the examination centers in the Tamale metropolis and Sagnarigu municipality.
He further cautioned the candidates and teachers to respect the rules and regulations of the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) governing the conduct of the exams, adding, “So that by the end of the day they don’t cancel any paper that will jeopardize the future of this our young and intelligent boys and girls.”
Meanwhile, the Regional Director of Ghana Education Service (GES), Mr. Peter Attafuah advised the candidates against carrying foreign materials into the exam hall.
He implored them (candidates) to take the examination very seriously since they are well prepared.
“The questions that are coming are not new questions and this BECE has been written over and over again and I am sure you have prepared yourself well with the past questions. The questions are always recycled, they only change the nature of it and so you’re going to do well” Mr. Attafuah added.