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GES Denies Canceling BECE For JHS Students

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The Ghana Education Service (GES) has refuted rumours that it intends to cancel the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for junior high school students in Ghana.

GES states that it is switching from an old curriculum based on goals to a new curriculum based on standards. This is expected to change what the BECE is and how it looks. At a West African Examinations Council (WAEC) stakeholder engagement on the grading system, GES Director General Dr. Eric Nkansah dispelled rumours that the BECE would be scrapped.

“We are not cancelling the BECE. What is confusing people or some of our people is that we are now moving away from the old objectives-based curriculum to the standards-based curriculum, and it does not mean that those on the standards-based curriculum will not write BECE. They will also write, but perhaps the nature and form will change. So please don’t communicate that we are not writing BECE,”he said.

Prior to this, Dr. Prince Hamid Armah, executive secretary of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), advocated for the elimination of the BECE system. He suggested that the BECE should be replaced with a different test because it is not up to the educational standards of the country.

Dr. Armah recently gave an interview to Accra’s Starr FM, where he discussed the necessity for a new method of grading education.

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the minister of information, stated in September 2017 that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is thinking about scrapping the BECE. According to him, the administration plans to have junior high school pupils automatically enrolled in the basic education system.

Source – Tru News Report