The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has opened registration for private candidates for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE.)
The move will allow BECE candidates, who could not pass their exams the first time around, have another go at the exams to get into Senior High School.
The registration process, which will be done online and ends on October 29, is open to people who have previously sat for exams as well as first-timers who are 18 years or above.The Ghana Education Service (GES) revealed in June that only about 60 percent of students who write the BECE make it into Senior High Schools.
The others either go into informal vocational or technical training or learn a trade or just give up education entirely.
There have been calls by several analysts and bodies to revise the system which, unlike the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE), did give an opportunity to candidates to resit their exams.
Educationist, Professor Jerome Djangmah, who spoke to Citi News, said that this move by WAEC was a step in the right direction as BECE candidates, who were unsuccessful the first time, deserved to be given another opportunity to continue his education.
According to him, “Human beings should not only have one chance. If a child wrote an exam and for one reason or another he or she didn’t do well there must be mechanisms for that child to improve the results. It is normal and must be encouraged.”
By: Edwin Kwakofi/citifmonline.com/Ghana