Volta Region: 2024 BECE takes off with 29,316 candidates.

Volta Region: 2024 BECE takes off with 29,316 candidates.

Story: Benjamin Makafui Attipoe, Sogakope

A total of 29, 316 candidates from 886 public and 289 private schools are writing this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) at 115 centres in the Volta Region. The examination took off smoothly on the first day across the length and breadth of the region without any major incidents. The BECE candidates comprise 14,534 boys and 14,782 girls with 33 pupils being Persons With Disabilities (PWDs).
Our news team visited five of the 11 centers in the South Tongu District where 1,143 males and 1,223 females are writing the BECE at 11 centers with 82 invigilators. The candidates were seen in high spirits during the first day of the examination.
The District Director of Education for the area, Mrs. Celestine Sewoenam Korsi-Agordo toured a number of the examination centers in the company of the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the District Directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Mr. Lawrence Paa Nii Open.
The centers visited included the Sogakope D.A. Basic School ‘B’, Kpotame Presby School as well as the Tefle Presby Primary School. A boy absentee candidate at the Tefle Centre is reported to have had his right hand fractured in a recent flour milling machine accident in his community. As a result of the incident, the boy is not taking part in the examination. 

The other observation is that the number of girls writing the examination is more than the number of boys.
Speaking to our news team in an interview after touring some of the centers, Mrs. Korsi-Agordo described the examination atmosphere as very encouraging, saying she has high hopes and expectations for the candidates in this year’s examination.

According to her, she has been preaching to the candidates to aspire to record grades not less than aggregate six in all their subjects to pave the way for the continuation of their studies in higher educational institutions.

Mrs. Korsi-Agordo asked the candidates to abstain from acts of examination malpractices in addition to desisting from looking for examination tips or what has become known as ‘apor’ to pass their papers. She reminded the students that there is no shortcut to life and that their brains are the best repertoire of knowledge, adding that they should make good use of it to achieve results.
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