Junior high school (JHS) students and their teachers have commended the decision to allow candidates who fail the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to resit as private candidates.
According to them, the decision was a great relief as those who were unable to perform as was expected would improve on their performance and continue with their education.
The students and teachers were reacting to the news that BECE candidates would, from February 2015, be allowed to resit that examination.
Master Daniel Ayalico of the La Yahoosa JHS said granting failed BECE candidates the opportunity to rewrite the examination as private candidates was long overdue.
“This should have been done long ago but anyway, it is always better late than never,” he said.
For her part, Miss Beatrice Andoh, a Form Two student of the Ngleshie Amanfrom Community JHS, thanked the Ministry of Education and WAEC for the new policy.
Under the current practice, she said, “shyness alone would discourage one from going back to their former school to resit the BECE.”
Miss Roberta Appiah, a Form Three student also of the Ngleshie Amanfrom Community JHS, called on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to properly educate the students,
teachers and parents so as to enable them to understand it better.
She pleaded for the fee for the resit to be affordable so that majority of candidates, especially those in the rural areas, would benefit.
“In fixing the fee, we must bear in mind that there are students in the villages who cannot afford to pay much but would also need to improve on their grades so as to pursue secondary education,” she said.
The Assistant Head teacher of the Ofankor MA School, Mr Danso Kwakye, criticised the current practice where students who offered to resit would have to go back to their former schools to do so.
According to him, there would be overcrowding in classrooms if students went back to their former schools and sat in the same classrooms with their juniors.
A teacher, Mr Robert Cofie, who shared the views of the head teacher, added that allowing the candidates who failed to resit as private candidates would ease the pressure on existing school facilities.
A Form Two student of the Rangoon Camp JHS, Master Richard Quao, hoped that students would not take advantage of the initiative and relax because they knew there was the chance of resitting as private candidates.
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