Ghana News-The recently elected Ashanti Regional Organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Francis Adomako has urged officials at the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to extend the duration and days given to Basic Education candidates to write their final papers.
Instead of the one week period the students are given to write all the seven (7) subjects they are examined on, Mr Adomako, a university lecturer suggested either a three (3) or at least 2 week period will be good for the young BECE candidates.
Speaking at separate functions last week Friday when he toured ten (10) schools in the Asawase constituency to present mathematical sets, pencils and pens to BECE candidates, the NPP man observed that the 5 days given to the JHS pupils is too short a time.
This short period, he noted makes it difficult for the pupils to adequately prepare and revise for their first external exams.
‘’I am making this firm appeal which I plan to make it formal in a petition to WAEC officials to do all they can to extend the period these BECE candidates write their final exams so we can get the best of outcomes’’, the regional organizer passionately noted.
According to Mr Adomako, BECE candidates needed to be prepared well for their final exams since they write these papers outside their respective schools.
The pupils, he stressed uses Senior High Schools (SHS) as examination centers and this can become unfamiliar grounds for candidates.
The university lecturer argued that a new environment has its own challenges for candidates since a change of venue in itself poses a challenge for young graduating pupils.
The presence of new invigilators, Mr Adomako noted can also serve as a barrier for pupils since they have been accustomed to their own teachers invigilating over their internal exams.
‘’It is absolutely important that WAEC takes a critical look at these conditions that affect pupils so as to make them excel in their final exams because the success they chalk at the end of it has the potential of benefitting the entire society’’, Mr Adomako posited.
Expressing appreciation for the donation, Mrs Benita Quainoo, Headmistress, Sepe Timpom Junior High School thanked the NPP regional organizer for the gesture.
The items, she noted will encourage the candidates to put up their best during the exams.
She urged other influential people as well as politicians to emulate the example by the university lecturer so as to continually encourage pupils readying for BECE exams.
‘’I am short of words to describe how grateful we are to Mr Adomako and his team for this wonderful act of kindness and I know this will motivate all BECE students in our constituency to do well in the exams’’, the Headmistress stressed.
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