The Government of Ghana (GoG) has been called to abolish the conduct of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) which is only taken by students in Junior High Schools (JHSs) annually in June across the country.
According to the National Chairman of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Nana Ofori Owusu who made the call, there is no need for the conduct of the examination, which its 30th edition is currently ongoing nationwide.
Nana Ofori Owusu speaking on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ show monitored by Georgeweb.org stressed that the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is one major factor contributing to streetism in Ghana.
According to him, majority of Ghanaian children are hawking on the streets because they fail the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), which discouraged them to further their education.
“We have to abolish this BECE. The examination is not necessary . . . The statistics of last year and the year before, 40,000 failed. The year before about 45,000 and the year before, it was 100,000 plus. This is a very wicked system . . . PPP is of the view that this BECE thing should be abolished,” he told Kwami Sefa.
The Politician further advised the Government of Ghana (GoG) to consider automatic placement of all Junior High School (JHSs) students to various second-cycle schools across the country and annul the BECE thing.
“You can’t have an education policy that sifts school children to stay home. If you’re sifting in terms of where their interests are and where their strengths are, it’s a different issue”.
He continued that “But if you’re sifting to make someone go ahead and leave others behind, it’s a dangerous sifting . . . You can’t have a system where at the age of 13 years old, some children are at home and selling bread, dog chains and so forth on the streets.
“You can’t have this system because it is a wicked system. The system is not for most of us; it is for the least of us,” Nana Ofori Owusu added.
Meanwhile, 531,705 final year students from 17,440 public and private Junior High schools (JHSs) are sitting for the 30th edition of the BECE for School Candidates which is expected to end September 18, 2020.