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BECE CANDIDATES UNDER PRESSURE

A total of 41,026 Basic Education Certificate Examination Candidates drawn from 1,334 public and private schools are to rewrite five papers in two days due to leakage of the examination papers that led to the cancellation of the papers. The Brong Ahafo Regional Deputy Branch Controller of the West African Examination Council (WAECE) Mr. Akyea Mensah in an interview with Develop Ghana Newspaper in Sunyani revealed that, the cancellation of the papers is a worry because, it is an embarrassment and puts pressure on WAEC both financial and physically. Mr. Akyea said apart from the leakage of some of the papers, there were series of foreign materials found on some of the candidates across all the one hundred and 55 centres in the Region. He therefore urged the candidates to remain calm and rewrite the exams scheduled on 29th and 30th of this month adding that the questions will still be based on BECE syllabus and asked the candidates to desist from all form of exams malpractices. The Brong Ahafo Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service, (GES) Augustine Kusi equally expressed the GES`s concern over the cancellation of the papers as they have done their best in the Region to ensure that exams malpractices are eliminated since they are a source of embarrassment to Brong Ahafo. Mr. Kusi said WAEC should be blamed for the leakage of the papers because GES has nothing to do with the question papers adding that the cancellation will delay academic activities as Senior High Schools were compelled to go on mid-terms to pave way for the BECE Exams. Mr. Kusi noted that the cancellation has added another cost to the GES budget allocated for the programme. Touching on the effect of the cancellation on the candidates, Mr. Kusi said the cancellation will bring pressure on the candidates as they have two days to write five papers saying it might negatively affect the exams result. During Develop Ghana Newspaper visits to some of the centres it was observed that, the candidates were well behaved. Some of the candidates who spoke with Develop Ghana Newspaper were hopeful to come out with excellent grades while three candidates from Boahen Korkor Centre B were absent out of the one hundred and 67 registered candidates without any reason and one  pregnant.

Source:Biiya Mukusah Ali/http://newspaper.developghana.com/

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