The President of Ashesi University, Dr Patrick Awuah, has called for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to be progressively phased out.
He said to achieve this, more secondary schools will first have to be built to accommodate more students.
“We have to build a lot more high schools than what we have done to date, a lot more than what is being talked about politically, so that every child will have the ability to go all the way through to SHS without the need for the BECE. And when we get to that capacity, we can even get rid of the BECE and it will save people the grief and pressures [on them] to cheat at that young age,” Dr Awuah told Accra-based Class FM on Thursday.
He also called for weak students to be paid extra attention to enable them to improve.“You should be testing children between Class 1 and Class 2, and should be making decisions if someone does not do so well, for them to get extra attention. We should get on the path of getting as many students to be successful year by year,” he added.
Dr Awuah now joins Progessive people's Party (PPP) founder, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, in calling for an end to the BECE system.
According to Dr Nduom, 60 percent of children write the BECE exams do not move on to the senior secondary school level.
He said Ghana's sophisticated economy that Ghana required that quality education was provided to properly train the country's human resource for all functioning sectors.
“Our plan is to…have more schools built, to have more teachers trained [and] more facilities put in place. So we are thinking ahead to ensure that in the near future we are able to have children from kindergarten through to senior secondary school…without interruptions. If we are going to do that then the BECE has no place in all of this,” he said in 2011.