2016 BECE begins amidst delays at some centres

This year’s Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) has kick-started Monday, but the stated times for the start of the tests have been characterized by delays at some centres.

Joy News reporters who visited key centres across the country say some of the papers started at least an hour late.

In Accra, the St. John’s Grammar School, one of the key centres in the capital, Ghana Education Service (GES) officials told Joy News Reporter, Joseph Ackah-Blay that delay to the start of Monday’s paper was caused by late arrival of the test papers and other logistics.

“Deputy PRO for the GES in the Greater, Peter Abledu Golden, tells me delay is as a result of the use of a single vehicle for the entire municipal assembly for the distribution of test papers”, Ackah-Blay recounts.

Ackah-Blay reports that at another centre, the Abeka T Primary and junior high school (JHS), Fadama, there was also a delay.

In the Ashanti Region, Luv FM Rreporter, Kwesi Debrah, says at the St. Luis examination centre, papers started some 40 minutes late.

There is also heavy security presence at most of the examination centres visited, and this is believed to be a pre-emptive move by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) – the examinations body – to forestall malpractices by the candidates.

Last year, at least four test papers were cancelled because of widespread leaks.

Also, WAEC is seeing to a strict adherence to students being seated at least 30 minutes before the start of their papers.

Another measure WAEC hopes will prevent leakage of papers this year is a directive banning teachers from using mobile phones or electronic gadgets at the examination centres.

Students who spoke to Joy News say they are well prepared and hopeful of excelling in the papers despite the stringent measures this year.

WAEC says some 461,013 candidates from 14,267 public and private JHS across the country will take part in the examinations.

The week-long exams end on Friday, June 17, 2016.

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