Mrs Ages Teye-Cudjoe, Public Relations Manager at the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) yesterday said students who failed the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) could re-write examination in their former schools.
She noted that students always had the opportunity to re-write the BECE but they had no option then to write all the ten subjects. 'There has always been an avenue to re-sit the examination only if the former school heads accept them.'
Mrs Teye-Cudjoe was speaking at a forum organised by the Garrison Education Unit at Burma Camp, Accra for BECE candidates who are preparing for the examination which starts on April 21-25 this year. About 340,000 students would be writing the examination nationwide.
Mrs Teye-Cudjoe urged the students to desist from examination malpractices and said students could have their examination cancelled or could be barred from taking the Council's examination not less than two years if they were caught in any malpractice. She said the BECE was like any other examination and urged them not to panic but learn to recollect what they had learnt since questions would not be outside the syllabus.
'The examination is within your level, you can write the exams and pass well. You can pass the examination without cheating,' she said
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Adwini, Chief Garrison Education Officer said the programme was part of a series of programmes done to help students in the school in their choice of subjects and prepare them well for the BECE.
'We always want to sensitise them on the dos and don'ts in writing the BECE, since it is the first major exams that the children are taking.' He advised the children to do their best to maintain the standards set by their senior students who had made it to the Senior High School.
The Reverend Jonathan Bettey, Guidance and Counselling Co-ordinator of the Educational Unit, wished all Ghanaian candidates in the examination success and asked them to avoid any acts that would lead to the cancellation of their papers.