The Deputy Minister for Education, Reverend John Ntim Fordjour, has reassured the public that the education system in Ghana has the necessary capacity to accommodate all 600,714 candidates participating in this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
With over 900 Senior High Schools (SHS) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions across the country, he emphasized that there is ample space to accommodate the students.
Rev. Fordjour underlined that the primary requirement for these candidates is to perform well in the BECE, as this achievement would grant them access to the transformative Free SHS initiative. This government initiative aims to provide free high school education and technical and vocational training to eligible students, enhancing their educational opportunities.
Speaking during an interaction with BECE candidates at St. Thomas Aquinas Senior High School in Accra, Rev. Fordjour, along with the Director of Education for Greater Accra, Mr. Stephen Bamfo, conveyed the government’s steadfast commitment to supporting the candidates in their educational pursuits.
He encouraged them to work hard and take advantage of the Free SHS and Free Technical and Vocational Education and Training (FTVET) policies to shape their future aspirations.
He also advised the candidates to focus on their individual capabilities and refrain from seeking assistance from others during the exams, as each student is given distinct sets of questions despite sharing the same examination hall.
Rev. Ntim Fordjour clarified that there were no discussions or policies to cancel the BECE, dispelling any rumors to the contrary. He reiterated the government’s collaboration with the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and affirmed its commitment to supporting WAEC in fulfilling its educational mandate.
While expressing regret over isolated incidents of examination misconduct in certain centers across the nation, the Deputy Minister emphasized that those involved would face consequences to deter others from engaging in such behavior. He highlighted that the arrest of some educators demonstrates the rigorous measures in place to combat examination malpractice.
As the 2023 BECE comes to a close, Rev. Ntim Fordjour’s positive outlook reflects the ongoing efforts to ensure a fair and successful examination process for Ghanaian students.