REPORT ON MONITORING BY MCE HON. BOYE LARYEA AND DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION MRS. CYNTHIA ABONI
BASIC EDUCATION CERTIFICATE EXAMANITION 2020
The eleven-year Basic School Education under the Education Act 2008 ends with an examination titled Basic Education Certificate Examination, (BECE)
The BECE is the examination to qualify students for admission into Senior High Schools and Vocational Schools in Ghana. It is written after three (3) years of Junior High School Education and administered by GES under the Ministry of Education.
The examination for this year 2020 began across the country, from Monday, 14th September 2020 and ended on Friday 18th September,2020. Two papers were written each day except for Friday where students wrote one paper.
The Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly provided two vehicles to dispatch questions and work scripts to the WAEC Depot at Accra Academy SHS, and also arranged for furniture to be sent to those centres that did not have enough furniture for the exams.
The Municipal Chief Executive (M.C.E) Hon Boye Laryea in the company of the Municipal Director of Education (Mrs. Cynthia Aboni) on Tuesday, 15th September, 2020 toured six (6) centers namely Tesano, St. Charles Lwanga / Fadama, Globen, St. K. Michael, Anunmle and finally ended at Achimota Basic school all in the Okaikwei North Municipal Education Directorate, which constituted the centres where the examination where being written.
The Municipal Chief Executive as and when possible during his tour of the centers interacted with some students and supervisors; encouraging the students to eschew all tendencies of examination malpractices. In some centres, he re-echoed through the GES monitors assigned, to ensure that invigilators were provided with the one- hot meal alongside the students, as directed by the President of the nation.
At Anunmle centre, he was informed of the unfortunate situation of a student having psychiatric episodes which resulted in his inability to finish the first paper and write the second paper of the day, i.e English Language and Religious and Moral Education respectively. He was however informed that the head of the psychiatric unit of the Achimota Hospital and his team were on hand to manage the situation.
Again, on Friday, 18th September, 2020, Hon Boye Laryea was at the Anunmle centre and had the opportunity to interact on first hand with Dr. Gideon Antonio, the head of the Psychiatric Unit, Achimota Hospital, on the status of the affected candidate.
He, after a lengthy deliberation with Dr. Gideon Antonio asked the head of human resource unit of the Municipal Education Office who was assigned to monitor Achimota and Anunmle centres to link the Doctor up with Mr. Aaron A. Suka, the welfare officer at the Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly so they work together to manage the health condition of Master John Kuglo , the final year student of Aggrey Basic who throughout the examinations, was managed by the doctor and a team of health workers. This directive was immediately taken.
Also, at the Fadama Centre, when information got to the Municipal Chief Executive that one candidate delivered prematurely and needed blood transfusion, he quickly liaised with the Director of Education and the HR, to contact the blood bank to transfuse the mother to save her life, pending the replacement the following day. The Municipal Chief Executive also mobilized people to donate blood at the blood bank.
To end the day, Hon. Boye Laryea together with Mrs. Cynthia Aboni joined the supervisor and invigilators to conduct closing assembly for all the six (6) schools that used the Anunmle centre for the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination.
On the whole, the conduct of the examination was successful.
CYNTHIA ABONI (MRS.)
MUNICIPAL DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
OKAIKWEI NORTH MUNICIPAL