Ghana’s border closure amid the novel coronavirus has prevented at least eight foreign candidates from writing some subjects papers of the Basic Education Certificate Examination, the Ghana News Agency has reported.
The eight prospective candidates representing two males and 6 females could not join their colleagues on day 1 and 2 to sit for the 30th edition of the BECE at Saint Paul’s ‘C’, the centre dedicated to foreign candidates.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has indicated about 119 pupils from other West African countries registered to write this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the country.
According to the spokesperson of the Ketu South Education Office, Charles Elikplim Dorkenoo the affected candidates travelled to Nigeria and were locked up by the central government’s border closure directive.
His Excellency Akufo-Addo in one of his televised nation’s address monitored by Georgeweb.org announced the country’s air, land and sea borders remain closed until further notice to slow the spread of COVID-19.
However, the President in his recent address to the nation announced for the reopening of the country’s air borders on September 1, 2020, as land and sea remain shut.
Collectively, 4,225 prospective candidates from both public and private Junior High Schools (JHSs) from the Ketu South Municipality and other West African countries prepared to sit for the national examination.
But, unfortunately, 56 candidates representing 17 males and 39 females were reported absent on day 1 of the examination while some 55 representing 17 boys and 38 girls also did write the papers on day 2.
The Ketu South Municipal Education Directorate attributed the candidate’s failure to participate in the final examination to sickness, death, pregnancy and border closure.