Accra, April 15, GNA - The Minister of Education and Sports, Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, on Friday sent a goodwill message of success to all this year's Basic School Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates. The examination, which begins throughout the country from Monday, April 18 to Friday April 22, is to assess 287,341 candidates made up of 158,038 boys and 129,303 girls for admission into senior secondary, technical and vocational schools in the 2005/2006 academic year. The Minister advised all candidates to avoid all forms of examination malpractices that would lead to the cancellation of the examination results thus giving the country a bad image in the eyes of the international community.
Mr Osafo-Maafo cautionrd the candidates to be aware of fake BECE questions already in circulation and concentrate on their studies. He asked parents, guardians, teachers, invigilators and supervisors to co-operate in order to realize the objective of a leakage-free and successful examination.
In a similar message to the candidates, Mr Michael Kenneth Nsowah, Acting Director-General of Ghana Education Service (GES) said the examination was to bring out all that you have learnt throughout your basic education."
He advised the candidates "not to rush to answer questions, but rather to read through the questions very well before answering them." Mr Nsowah also cautioned the pupils to refrain from engaging in examinations malpractices since such act would destroy their future.