-A total of 468,053 candidates have commenced writing the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in various examination centers nationwide
-An estimated 241,148 males and 226,905 females from Junior High Schools nationwide are expected to take part in the examination
-If all goes well, this batch of students would be the pioneers of the NPP’s free Senior High School policy
Over 400,000 students will from Monday to Friday battle it out in an examination that is likely to secure them a spot in the free senior high school policy that the Akufo-Addo administration plans to introduce in September.
Nana Akufo-Addo made a campaign promise ahead of the 2016 elections to roll out the free SHS policy should his party be voted into power.
In his first State of the Nation address on February 21 this year, the president reiterated the campaign promise and set a starting date for the commencement of the promise he made as a candidate.
“And just in case there is anyone left in this country who has not heard yet, "Free SHS" starts with the 2017/2018 entrants into the public SHS”, he said.
The Basic Education Certificate Examination (B.E.C.E) is organized by the West African Examination Council. A total of nine (9) papers are expected to be written by the students.
The Senior High School hopefuls are going to be placed into various High Schools in the country using the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).
Many stakeholders, policy-makers and the members of the public have lauded the idea of free senior high school.
The policy is intended to cover the cost of the fees of students who would be enrolled into public schools come September this year in order to take off the burden of parents who face financial difficulties in paying the fees of their wards.
The free SHS policy covers charges including admission fees, library fees, science center fees, computer laboratory fees, examination fees, utility and there will be a cover for textbooks as well.
The government has indicated that it is fully prepared for this project. As part of the plan is the building of more facilities to accommodate these students.
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