Former Headmaster of Ashaiman SHS at 80 prays for BECE candidates


Mr. Alfred S. Biko, a former Headmaster of Ashaiman Senior High School, has used his 80th birthday celebration to pray for all candidates of the 2024 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

He wished them the best of luck in their week-long examination, which begins on Monday, July 8.

The retired educationist made the marks during the climax of the 2024 Conference of Destiny (COD) Week Celebration of the Tema District of the Great Commission Church International (GCCI) at Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region.

Mr. Biko, who wished the candidates God’s speed and excellence in their examination, further urged them to desist from copying or engaging in any form of examination malpractices.

Mr. Biko expressed gratitude to the Almighty God for carrying him through life over the past 80 years.

A visibly elated Mr. Biko speaking to the Ghana News Agency said: ‘I have come this far by the grace of God, and I pray that the God of Moses will grant me a long life with good health.’

He thanked his lovely wif
e, Afi, and their four daughters Frieda, Patricia, Joyceline and Dr Bernice Biko for their love and support for him over the years.

The octogenarian also thanked the leadership of the GCCI Tema District for their support for him.

Reverend Paul Morgan-Adorsu, the GCCI Tema District Pastor, who led the Congregation to pray for Mr. Biko, commended him for his sacrifices and commitment towards the work of God.

The week-long prayer and fasting conference was attended by all eight branches of the GCCI Tema District; namely Grace Temple, Maranatha Assembly, Mount Zion Assembly, Refuge Assembly, Tema Main Assembly, Tema Newtown Assembly, Prampram Assembly and Mexico City Cell Group.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Believe in yourself, stay focused – Deputy Education Minister urges BECE candidates


Professor Kingsley Nyarko, a Deputy Minister for Education has asked candidates writing the 2024 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), to believe in themselves and stay focused during the examination period.

They should approach each paper with a clear mind, answer the questions to the best of their ability, and trust in the knowledge and skills they have acquired over the years from their teachers.

Prof Nyarko, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kwadaso, said this when he led a team to visit some selected BECE centres in the Kwadaso Municipality on Monday morning.

Some of the centres visited were the Yaa Asantewaa Senior High School (SHS), Methodist Technical Institute and the Prempeh College.

A total of 2,608 candidates from both the public and private basic schools are writing the examination in the Kwadaso Municipality.

According to the Deputy Minister, who is in-charge of Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET), the papers were within their standard, so there was not
hing to fear, urging them, to carefully read the questions and understand them before answering.

‘There is nothing to fear, approach with confidence, and be focused on the task ahead, you will pass this test,’ Prof. Nyarko told the candidates.

He wished them the best of luck and asked God’s protection and guidance for them throughout the examination period.

‘I wish you all the best as you embark on your BECE examination, may your hard work, dedication, and preparation shine.

Remember to stay focused, stay confident, and give your all.

Your efforts will surely lead you to success.

Good luck,’ he prayed.

Mrs. Grace Ofosu-Boateng, the Kwadaso Municipal Education Director, said any form of examination malpractice would not be tolerated and called on the candidates not to take any foreign materials into the examination hall.

‘I wish you all the best, write well, and make Kwadaso proud,’ she told the candidates.

In a related development, 3,833 candidates from 90 basic schools are writing the BCEC examinati
on in 16 examinations centres in the Atwima Nwabiagya South Municipality in te Ashanti Refgion.

They included 1,928 boys and 1,905 girls from 43 public and 47 private basic schools.

Nana Pokuah Amoako a Municipal Director of Education, addressing some of the candidates during a tour of some of the examination centres, urged them to have confidence and eschew fear since the invigilators and other stakeholders at the centres, were not there to intimidate them.

She urged them to obey all the rules and instructions of the examination and avoid any act that could lead them to trouble.

At the Adansi South District, 1,422 candidates are writing this year’s BECE in three examination centres.

They are made up of 755 males and 667 females from seven private schools and 46 public schools.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Krachi East Assembly to provide scholarship package to 2024 BECE candidates – MCE


Mr Charles Gyamfi Boateng, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), has promised scholarship package for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates who will get single digit.

Addressing the candidates before the exams, he said the Municipal Assembly would absorb their other costs, including mattresses, trunks, and others, when they pass creditably.

He said candidates, who will have double digits, the Municipal Assembly would bear 50 per cent of total cost and the rest will be borne by their parents and guardians.

Mr Michael Yaw Gyato, the Parliamentaryy candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for Krachi East, has distributed 40 bags of rice (5kg), cooking oil and tin tomatoes to each BECE centre for candidates, who came from remote areas to write the exam.

He prayed for the success of all the candidates, considering how hard they had prepared and encouraged them to remain calm and focused to be able to handle all papers with ease.

Madam Georgina Mensah, the Municipal Education Director,
advised the students to obey all the exam rules and desist from any form of malpractice to avoid trouble for themselves and their parents.

Over 1,712 candidates sat for BECE 2024 in Krachi East Municipality of the Oti Region.

At Dambai College of Education centre, a total of 512 registered while 267 being females and 245 recorded as males.

At the Oti Senior High Technical school (OSTECH) centre, the Ghana News Agency (GNA) observed that 349 candidates registered.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Huge infrastructure and staff deficits affecting university’s development – Vice Chancellor


The huge Infrastructure development deficit and the inadequate staffing gaps are affecting the progressive development of the University of Business and Integrated Development Studies (SDD-UBIDS)

There are three lecture halls, a hostel, and a library projects under construction at the university, and work on them are being executed at a slow pace for the past years, the Vice Chancellor of UBIDS, Professor Emmanuel K. Derbile lamented.

He said apart from the library project, which had appeared to have had some serious work carried out on it, very little work had been done on the others; either the contractors had abandoned the projects or work was being implemented at a snail-pace to the disappointment of the university authorities.

He said the challenge regarding the slow pace of work on the projects had to do with the non-payment of certificates raised by the contractor after some work had been done on the projects.

Professor Derbile raised these concerns during an interaction with the Upper West Regiona
l Minister, Mr Stephen Yakubu, who was on a working visit to the university to learn of their problems, especially in the area of projects under construction at the campus.

On the deficit of staff, he said the University was given a quota to employ 100 staff but there was also a condition attached, which gave a window opportunity for staff who wanted to go on transfer from the university to either Tamale or Navrongo were allowed to do so.

He said that gave way for about 60 staff to go on transfers to the two sister universities in Tamale and Navrongo while UBIDS had to do with 50 staff instead of the 100 staff required.

The Vice Chancellor also raised a concern about the streetlights on campus, which bills had been metered to be paid from the internal generated funds and needed to be separated from university light bills.

He said road infrastructure at the University was very poor as it had only one tarred road resulting in lecturers and students getting their cars and other vehicles stuck in the mud at t
he campus especially during the rainy season.

Professor Derbile pleaded with the regional coordinating council to liaise with Urban and Feeder Roads to come to the aid of the university, while efforts were also made to establish a Police Post and Ghana Fire Service Station to render security services and manage fire disasters in the campus and the surrounding communities.

He appealed to the Ghana Health Service to assign a medical doctor and nurses to man the University’s Health Centre and upgrade it to full-fledged hospital to provide quality health services to the university community.

Mr Yakubu assured the university authorities of his readiness to meet with the contractors and officials of Getfund to address the non-payment of certificates raised by the contractors.

He said issues of infrastructure had been a worry being expressed in most of the universities and urged the University authorities to sign a memorandum of understanding with private business entities to come and help in providing hostel an
d other facilities for the university to address the inadequate infrastructure challenges.

He advised the authorities to extend relations with neighbouring countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali, and others, to attract students from those countries to come and do programmes at the university to help raise its internally generated funds for development projects

Source: Ghana News Agency

More than 1,800 candidates sit for 2024 BECE in Hohoe


A total of 1,838 candidates are participating in the 2024 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) at six centres in the Hohoe Municipality of the Volta region.

The examination, which began nationwide on Monday, July 8, is expected to end on Friday, July 12, 2024.

A visit to some centres by a team led by the Hohoe Municipal Education Director revealed that the examination has commenced successfully.

At the Hohoe E.P Senior High School centre, a total of 418 candidates were sitting for the examination and the first day recorded no absentees.

A total of 292 candidates are writing at the St Francis College of Education centre, 334 candidates at the Hohoe Basic A School centre with an absentee who travelled abroad and 206 candidates at the Hohoe Basic B School centre with no absentee.

Mr Victor Kwaku Kovey, the Municipal Education Director told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that his impression on the first day of the examination stood at 75 per cent.

He said it was the hope that at the end of the final
examination, the impression would be at 100 per cent.

All the four out of six centres visited have not recorded any pregnant candidate while candidates from the Volta School for the Deaf and Blind were focused on their examination as at the time of the visit.

Ms Marceline Eyram Amenyo, Assembly member for the Fodome Helu Electoral Area, admonished candidates in her electoral area to avoid any malpractices that could lead to the cancellation of their examinations.

She visited the Fodome Helu centre with snacks for the candidates and teachers from the area, adding that the visit was to motivate the candidates who were the future leaders of the area and the nation as a whole.

Ms Amenyo, who presented mathematical sets to the candidates about a month ago, said she also had packages for students in the area who would excel in the examinations.

The Agency has also observed the presence of security and some WAEC officials at the centres.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Candidates asked to protect their future


Mr. Issah Baffoe, the Sunyani Municipal Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES), has advised Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates to refrain from engaging in any malpractices that could compromise their future.

Speaking to the candidates prior to the examination, Mr. Baffoe emphasized that the examination was like any regular examination conducted in the classroom.

He urged parents to provide their children with all the necessary materials to facilitate their preparation and cautioned against overburdening them with excessive household chores during the period to allow them to focus on their studies.

The Sunyani Municipal director advised candidates to rely solely on their knowledge and not seek assistance from friends or attempt to sneak in foreign materials, as that could result in the cancellation of their papers.

According to Mr. Baffoe, 2,431 candidates were writing the examination in the Sunyani West Municipality, comprising 1,226 boys and 1,205 girls, with 112 invigilator
s overseeing the process.

Mr. Evans Kusi Boadum, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), visited various examination centres in the Municipality accompanied by a team of officials from the Assembly and Education Directorate.

He encouraged candidates to stay focused and avoid any examination malpractices and warned that sanctions would be imposed on those who engaged in such activities.

At Center A in the Fiapre Circuit of the Municipality, Mr. Akidan Augustine reported that 297 candidates, consisting of 145 boys and 152 girls were writing the examination, but two boys were yet to report.

Mr. Gyamfi Sampson at center ‘B’ stated that 270 candidates were writing, comprising 119 boys and 151 girls. Unfortunately, two boys were also absent from the center, with one having traveled outside the country and the other’s absence unexplained.

Students nationwide began the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) with over 569,000 candidates expected to take the exams at about 2,123 centers nationwide.

Source:
Ghana News Agency