The Management of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has been petitioned to exclude students between the ages of 9 to 13 years from partaking subsequent Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE).
The 2020 edition of the BECE for School Candidates which is currently ongoing commenced Monday, September 14, 2020, with 531,705 candidates from 17,440 both public and private Junior High Schools nationwide.
But, the Head of Psychology at the University of Ghana (UG), speaking on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ show monitored by Georgeweb.org noted students between the ages of 9 to 13 years writing BECE affects their mental health.
According to Prof. Joseph Osafo, such children don’t have the emotional capacity to manage the shocks or anxiety that comes with the writing of examination, particularly national examination like the ongoing BECE.
The University of Ghana staff further called on the management of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to note that ‘the integrity of our exams affects the integrity of the mental health of our children”.
This according to Prof. Joseph Osafo was because the majority of children who fail the examination become suicidal.
“The argument should be how best can we make sure that a child between the ages of 9 to 13 years doesn’t fail JHS exams and for which reason he or she should remain home. . . This picture of failing and writing and failing, at that stage, I think it is too much,” the Professor appealed.