…as he calls for the abolishing of BECE
Director of Operations for the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Nana Ofori Owusu has decried the spiritualization of examinations in Ghana.
Nana Ofori Owusu who was on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo Monday morning was sad that “now we have Spiritualists who are telling congregations they have the power to open the minds of children so they can see everything concerning the exams and parents are donating to them so their wards can pass exams”.
“You cannot make it with prayers devoid of the efforts needed to pass” he stressed and added that about half of the candidates are not doing well.
Many examination candidates resort to outrageous spiritual rituals or extreme fasting and prayers to enable them pass the exams. Some of these measures rather end up making the students physically and mentally weak during the exams.
Nana Ofori Owusu however cautions against such practices and calls for efforts to ensure that candidates study well for their exams. He believes the larger society also have roles to play in ensuring that students do well in exams.
He also called for abolishing of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) because “it doesn’t serve any practical purpose. KG to SHS should be free when we talk about free, compulsory and continuous basic education. There should be smooth continuity to SHS and everybody must go to school. Pupils should not be allowed to stay home because they didn’t pass BECE. The BECE excludes a section of our children from continuing school at a very young age” he explained.
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