A survey conducted by Georgeweb.org indicated that about 75% of Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates are more concerned about the examination cut-off point than the school placement, even though they are equally important.
But unfortunately no cut-off point has been announced this year by the Ghana Education Service, Ministry of Education or WAEC, the organization responsible for the conduct of the examination.
The conduct of the much-awaited 2020 BECE for School Candidates has been slated for September 14 to September 18, 2020, amid the outbreak of the locally transmitted coronavirus that leid to the postponement of the examination which was scheduled to start June this year.
We all understand the conduct of this year’s 2020 BECE examination will be different from the recent years due to the impact of the global pandemic that halted academic activities since March 16, 2020.
However, despite the negative effect of the disease, education must continue for the final year JHS student to complete the 2019/2020 academic year and proceed to Senior High School (SHS).
President Akufo-Addo in one of his nation’s addresses announced for schools to be reopened to only final year students in the country for them to continue with academic activities and sit for their final examinations.
With or without the cut-off point BECE candidates must prepare adequately and learn to justify themselves. The pass mark which we assume to be Aggregate 25 is purposively for candidates to take their studies serious in other to yield good results. Although the Free Senior high School (Free SHS) is for everyone irrespective of your performance whether good or bad.
We noticed last year that candidates who sat for the 2019 edition of Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) were not serious with their studies comparing their results.
Since no cut-off point has been announced it is necessary for candidates to be serious with their books and aim high to make good grades so that even if the Education Ministry decides otherwise they will be on the safer side.
Our advice we continue to give the prospective candidates is “sit up, believe in yourself and stick to your books. Set your target as to what grade you want to make and work hard towards it. Just assume that the cut-off point has even dropped to aggregate 20 and work tirelessly to ensure you don’t perform poorly.
The Head of Public Affairs of WAEC, Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, has said that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) will not hesitate to cancel all or some subject papers should they suspect any examination malpractices.
The success of this year’s candidates somehow depends on their parents due to the stress and challenges they are going through in this COVID-19 period.
The best parents and guardians can do is to continuously encourage their wards, inspire and support them in, by all means, necessary as they prepare ahead of the examination. Remember we are not in normal times.