Published Sept. 1, 2020, 7:36 a.m. by Prince Opoku Dogbey
BECE CANDIDATES READY TO WRITE FINAL EXAMS AS MANY TAKE LAST MOCK
Although Ghana is still combating the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has announced Monday, September 14, 2020, as the date to commence the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) final exams.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many institutions and sectors of the economy, of which the Education Sector is part. On March 16, 2020, the government of Ghana led by His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo imposed a four - week ban on all public gatherings like school activities, conferences, festivals, sporting activities and other social gatherings in order to combat the deadly pandemic. This plan according to the President was to safeguard and protect the populace. BECE candidates were left with less than three months to write the final exams, but the erstwhile and usually defined date was doubted when the schools were closed down. Upon further deliberations, the President tasked the Ministry of Education to roll out distance education in order to prepare candidates for the BECE final exam. “Would it be effective”? one would ask. Some students, especially in the deprived communities, shared bitter experiences on how disadvantaged they were and would be if distance learning via the internet and television was practised. Some of the factors that made some students disadvantaged are stated in the next paragraph.
Some deprived communities do not have electricity and stable internet. Also, the cost of buying airtime and internet bundle was expensive. In an interview with TV3, some students said they have to walk long distances to get a stable network. For some, they do not have a mobile phone which can help them access the internet; thereby, making learning very difficult.
On June 30, the President in his state of the nation's address communicated that BECE candidates should begin lessons, so as to help them prepare for the examination. The Ghana Education Service (GES) dispatched members of the Education Ministry to observe and supervise how candidates and teachers are adhering to the precautionary measures and protocols disseminated by the way Health Ministry.
This week records many candidates taking their last and final mock exam.
To fight the COVID-19 during the BECE, candidates have been advised to observe all social protocols in order to prevent getting infected by the deadly virus.
Fear has, however, gripped some candidates in the angle that preparedness towards the final exam was inadequate.
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