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23.04.2008 Education

Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) takes offMassive turn out at Police Training Depot

By Michael Addo - Ghanaian Chronicle

The Accra Police Training Depot, selected as a centre for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), for some 10 schools in the Greater Accra Region, on Monday, recorded a massive turnout of candidates for the examination.

As at 10 a.m., when the Accra File got to the centre, the candidates from Gracile Junior Secondary School (JSS), Police Cluster of Schools, Grace Memorial School, Majomar Montessori Academy, Kaneshie North '3', and some others, with their respective tutors, had arrived in their numbers, to take the examination.

The total number of candidates, as at that time, was 523, which according to the supervisor, was very impressing and encouraging.

The candidates complained that the examination, which was supposed to start at 9.30 a.m., was delayed, and resulted in the examination papers coming in late.

When the Accra File returned to the centre, in the afternoon to gather fresh information on how the candidates were coping with the examination, some expressed their appreciation, particularly, to the inspectors and the supervisors, for their understanding and tolerance of them.

Some of the candidates mentioned that they had an easy time in the examination hall, since they adequately prepared towards it, ignoring the widespread rumours of the leakages of some questions.

Some also admitted that the examination was normal, just that some questions, concerning the Can 2008, which they predicted were likely, never showed up.

“This became a nightmare, and something that we will not forget in our lives,” they declared.

In an interview, the Supervisor for the centre, Mr. Samuel Ansah, expressed appreciation to the candidates, and their tutors for putting up an incredible performance, and a well behaved attitude.

When quizzed of any examination malpractices, the Supervisor expressed that for the fear of one risking his life, and the tight security at the centre, the candidates showed decent behaviour.

He added that due to the massive public education, on the penalties involved in carrying out such undesirable behaviour, “the candidates never tried such misconduct.”

He described the start of the examination, as successful, and something which should be emulated by other centres and institutions.

Some invigilators espoused that although there was one recorded case, of a candidate who complained of a severe headache, he was given First Aid, and subsequently went back into the hall to take the exam.

They said that the examination was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere, where everyone was treated in accordance with the laid down rules and regulations.

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