A Ghanaian politician has suggested for the Government of Ghana (GoG) to abolish the popular Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) taken by only final year Junior High School (JHS) students each year nationwide.
The National Chairman of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Nana Ofori Owusu in an interview with the Accra-based Peace 104. 3 FM monitored by Educationweb.com.gh said there is no need for the conduct of the BECE.
According to him, the conduct of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is one major factor contributing to streetism in Ghana.
Nana Ofori Owusu cited that majority of Ghanaian children are hawking on the streets in the country because they failed the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), which discouraged them to further their education.
“We have to abolish this BECE. The examination is not necessary . . . The statistics shows that majority of students fails the examination. This is a very wicked system . . . PPP is of the view that this BECE thing should be abolished,” he told host of Kokrokoo show Kwami Sefa Kayi.
The politician however advised the Akufo-Addo led government to consider automatic placement of all Junior High School (JHSs) students to various Senior High Schools (SHSs) across the country and annul the BECE thing.
“You can’t have an education policy that sifts school children to stay home. If you’re sifting in terms of where their interests are and where their strengths are, it’s a different issue,” the PPP chairman stressed.
He continued that “But if you’re sifting to make someone go ahead and leave others behind, it’s a dangerous sifting . . . You can’t have a system where at the age of 13 years old, some children are at home and selling bread, dog chains and so forth on the streets”
“You can’t have this system because it is a wicked system. The system is not for most of us; it is for the least of us,” Nana Owusu told Peace 104. 3 FM.