Amidst the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), a notable development has arisen as twenty-seven (27) young inmates from the Senior Correctional Centre of the Prison Service are actively participating in the examination process.
This facility is specifically designated to house offenders aged 21 and under, and these young inmates were escorted by prison officers to the examination center. Heightened security measures have been implemented to ensure their participation remains secure and to deter any potential attempts at escape.
Among the 27 juvenile inmates, they are part of a larger group of 57 prisoners participating in the 2023 BECE. This initiative demonstrates the commitment to providing educational opportunities even within correctional facilities, fostering a sense of hope and rehabilitation for these young individuals. These participants originate from various prisons across the country, including the Kumasi Central Prison, Nsawam Medium Security Prison, and Sunyani Central Prison.
The BECE, spanning across nearly 19,000 schools at 2137 centers, is set to continue until Friday, August 11, 2023. With an estimated number of over 600,000 candidates expected to partake in the examination, this period represents a critical point for students’ educational progress.
The initial days of the BECE saw candidates tackling subjects such as Religious and Moral Education, English Language, and more. The forthcoming examination days will see them confronting subjects like Social Studies, Basic Design and Technology, Mathematics, Information and Communication Technology, and finally, French.