- The Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) would soon be scrapped from the educational system in Ghana
- The examination which was meant to test students in the basic level, according to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment has outlived its relevance
- It would be replaced by another assessment structure
The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) has revealed that the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) would soon be scrapped from the educational system in Ghana.
The Executive Secretary of NaCCA, Dr Prince Hamid Armah, said the examination which was meant to test students in the basic level has outlived its relevance.
Speaking in an interview on the Morning Starr, Thursday, August 15, 2019, Dr. Armah said there was enough evidence to support the need to introduce a new approach in testing the quality of tuition that pupils receive in Ghanaian schools.
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“The nomenclature called BECE will be scrapped totally. An exams will be used to do placements going forward. A criterion reference system will be used, BECE has outlived its usefulness in this country. The reports are there to prove this. The current examination known as the BECE is not Standard,” he said.
He also disclosed that the National Assessment Test will be done at Primary 2, 4 ,6 & JHS 2. The end of term exams will not be replaced by the Assessment Test.
Meanwhile, former president John Dramani Mahama has clarified that he does not intend to scrap the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme, rather insisting the policy is “here to stay”.
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According to him, the Free SHS programme is underpinned and guaranteed by the 1992 Constitution of Ghana and therefore cannot be overturned by any government.
Mahama was speaking at the 27th Annual Residential Delegates Congress organised by the Ghana National Union of Technical University Students in Kumasi.
He said the current conditions under the policy are not favourable to students and indicated his readiness to change things when the National Democratic Congress (NDC) returns to power.
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Source: Yen Newspaper