Accra, June 10, GNA - Mrs Evelyn Naa Adjeley Twum-Gyamrah, the Municipal Chief Executive of Ledzekuku Krowor Municipal Assembly (LeKMA), has called on the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates to avoid all acts of exam malpractices.
She commended some of the candidates in the schools she visited in the Municipality for their comportment during the English paper and urged them to continue with the enthusiasm and come out with flying colours at the end of the exams.
The MCE made the call on Monday when together with her team visited selected schools in the Municipality at the first day of this year's BECE exams.
The team visited the Field Engineers Centre, the Southern Cluster of Schools Centre, and the Nungua Senior High School (SHS) Centre.
"So far everything is going on smoothly, they have comported themselves and concentrating on their exams,” she added.
Mrs Twum-Gyamrah was impressed with the high turn-out of the candidates compared to last year, where some could not write the exams due to sickness and other unforseen circumstances.
She prayed for successful exams devoid of any untoward situation, urging the candidates to give out their best to justify the investment made on them by their parents or guardians.
Present was Mrs Gladys Naa-Ahinee Clerk, Municipal Director of Education, LeKMA.
Mr Joshua Quartey, the Exams Coordinator, LeKMA Educational Directorate, said the Nungua SHS had three centres with a total candidate of 653.
He said so far everything was smooth with no absenteesm recorded, stressing that all logistics needed for the success of the exams were in place.
Mr Francis Tetteh Debrah, the Supervisor at the Teshie North Cluster of Schools, Centre 'A', said the Centre had a total number of 450 candidates from 11 schools for the exams.
He said the question paper arrived at 0902 hours and exams started exactly at 0920 hours, without any absenteeism.
He urged the candidates to continue with the discipline and adhere to the instructions of the exams to avoid falling victims to the rules governing the conduct of the exams.
More than 500,000 candidates are writing this year's BECE across the country, which started on Monday June 10.
The exams, scheduled to end on Friday June 14, has 16,871 participating schools, 1,880 supervisors, 1,710 assistant supervisors and 18,136 invigilators.
Out of the total number, Ashanti Region has the highest number of 104,461 candidates, followed by Greater Accra Region with 90,584, while Upper West has the least number of 13,109 candidates for the exams.
Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, the Head of Public Relations, West Africa Examination Council cautioned supervisors who supported in examination malpractices to desist from the act, and that anybody caught would face the full rigour of the law.
She advised the candidates to focus on their studies and do independent work and avoid any examination malpractices.
Madam Cassandra Twum Ampofo, the Head of Public Relations, Ghana Education Service, wished the candidates good luck and success for the entire exams.
"Avoid all forms of examination malpractices and be reminded that the basis of success in life is honesty and hardwork", he added.