June 30, GNA - Mr Alex Kyeremeh, Deputy Minister of Education, has toured Basic
Education Certificate Examination centres in the Eastern Region, to find out
how the candidates are coping with the re-sit examination papers, cancelled due
to massive leakage.
He said although there are fears that writing three papers a day might be challenging for the students, it appears they are coping with the time table, he told journalists.
At the Presbyterian Secondary Technical School in Aburi, 313 students out of seven schools were expected to write the exams at the centre and there were no absenteeism recorded.
The schools are Demonstration school for the deaf, Presbyterian Junior High School (JHS), Chrisland International School, Ahwerase Presbyterian School, Anglican JHS, Adamobe JHS and Aburi Camp Methodist School.
Speaking in an interview with GNA, some of the students said although they were scared to re-write the papers, they were able to do their best.
Ms Joyce Bossman, Supervisor at the centre, said the students comported themselves.
The Okuapeman Senior High School had 15 schools registered for the examination including Presbyterian College Demonstration School, St Joseph Anglican JHS, Seventh Day Adventist JHS, Akropong School for the Blind (ASB) and Okuapeman JHS.
Mr Quarm William, Outgoing School Prefect of the ASB urged government to provide them with more Braillers for them to use during studies and examination.
“The braillers make solving the questions easier and faster but only a few people are able to afford it because it is GH₵ 4,000.00 now and most people don’t have that amount. I even had to borrow from a friend to write the examination,” he said.
Mr Samuel Mensah Koffie, Head of the Okuapeman Visionary Impaired Department, urged the government to provide them with more computers to train the incoming students.
“We have only six computers here and we train over 40 students each term, therefore training such special people who only become academically stable by touching, using only theory to train them is not helping at all,” he said.
The Kitase Basic School at Peduase had 12 schools registered for the examination and there were no absenteeism recorded.
The schools included Kitase JHS, Gyankama JHS, Peduase Methodist School, Beacon International School, Holy Child International School and Divine Wisdom School.
Some of the students told the Deputy Minister that although they found the science paper challenging, it was also because the time allocated to it was very short.