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21.04.2005 Education

BECE candidate dies

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Assin- Fosu (C/R), April 21, GNA- Master Isaac Quaye, one of the candidates writing this year's BECE in the Assin north district, died at the St. Francis Xavier hospital on Monday, when he was rushed there, after being taken seriously ill, in the examination room.

Master Quaye had managed to write the first examination paper, English language.

The district director of education, Mr Johnson Omudie, who disclosed the tragedy to the GNA at Assin -Fosu on Thursday, said a report filed by the headmaster of Assin Homaho JSS, Mr John Tsibu, indicated that the boy "showed signs of illness" when he reported at the examination centre at Assin Anyinabrim.

He said according to the report, Master Quaye, was however able to write the first paper, after which his condition worsened and had to be rushed to the hospital at Assin-Fosu, where he died the same day. Mr Omudie said an autopsy report on the deceased who is scheduled to be buried on Saturday, showed that he had died of jaundice.

Later during its rounds at some of the centres, the GNA was told at the Training College centre that three of the 354 candidates, had reported ill during the examination and had to be given first aid. Mr Francis Mintah, said they were able to continue writing the examination and appealed to parents and guardians to show concern about the health of their wards.

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