A staff of the University of Ghana, Prof. Joseph Osafo has urged the non-profit-making organization (WAEC) responsible for the conduct of BECE to exclude students between the ages of 9 to 13 from partaking in the exam.
The Head of Psychology at the University of Ghana (UG) speaking on Peace 104. FM’s Kokrokoo show monitored by Educationweb.com.gh said students between the ages of 9 to 13 years writing BECE affects their mental health.
According to him, such candidates don’t have the emotional capacity to manage the shocks or anxiety that comes with the writing of an examination, particularly national examinations like the ongoing BECE.
The Educationist called on the Management of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to note that ‘the integrity of our exams affects the integrity of the mental health of our children.”
This Professor Joseph Osafo said is because the majority of school children who fail the Basic Education Certificate examination become suicidal.
“The argument should be how best can we make sure that a child between the ages of 9 to 13 years doesn’t fail JHS exams and for which reason he or she should remain home. . . This picture of failing and writing and failing, at that stage, I think it is too much,” the Educationist told Kwame Sefa kayi.