The performance of BECE candidates in the Eastern region continues to decline.
A total of 27,561 candidates representing fifty-six percent (56%) of candidates in the Eastern region who wrote the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) failed.
Statistical analysis of the performance of the candidates commissioned by the Eastern Regional Directorate of Ghana Education Service (GES) indicates that only 21,655 candidates out of total 49,216 candidates who wrote the examination passed by securing an aggregate of 6 to 30.
Students who obtained an aggregate of 6 in the region were 247 made up of 110 boys and 137 girls.
Out of the total of 2001 schools that participated in all 33 Districts and Municipalities, 24 schools in 13 districts/Municipalities recorded Zero percent (0%). The district with schools that recorded zero percent was Kwaebibirim (4), Akyemansa (4), Abuakwa South (3), West Akim (3) Asene Manso -Akroso(2), New Juaben North (1), Yilo Krobo (1), Upper West Akyem (1), Kwahu South (1), Achiase (1), Fanteakwa South(1), Afram Plains North (1), Kwahu South (1), Okere (1).
Students continue to perform poorly in English, Maths, and Science.
To help improve reading and comprehension among basic school students, the Atiwa East District office of NCCE has organized a Reading, Spelling Bee, and Constitution quiz competition for 44 basic schools in the district which has been climaxed.
The Atewa East District Director of NCCE, Saviour Ametefe said “most of the children have problems when it comes to reading but for them to communicate whatever we are giving, they should be able to read and understand. The main reason for the competition is to inculcate in them the interest of reading to improve their vocabulary and also train them to have command over the English Language and build their confidence levels”.
He said, the program, apart from improving academic performance would also boost the capacity of the children to carry out their civic responsibilities.
The District Chief Executive for Atiwa East Kwabena Panyin Nkansa was hopeful such academic exercises coupled with two mock examinations instituted by the Assembly for all BECE candidates would improve the district’s performance and move it from its current third-best position to first best performing district as far BECE performance is concerned in Eastern Region.
A deputy chairperson in charge of Finance and Administration at NCCE, Kathleen Addy, was worried about over 10,000 teenage Pregnancy cases recorded in the Eastern region in 2020 with a call on the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit to prosecute the perpetrators.
She encouraged the youth to regularly read the Constitution to enable them to exercise their rights, be law-abiding and support national development.
The Justice Somuah, of Anointed child preparatory, emerged the overall winner of the competition, while Anyimadu Anne Ampofoa of promising Hope preparatory school emerged 1st runner up followed by Enin Godfred Sarpong of Future Leaders academy.
Source: Mybrytfmonline.com/Obed Ansah