Change the narrative in BECE results- GES Director tells candidates

Bolgatanga,- Mr Edward Azure, the Upper East Regional Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has challenged candidates in this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to change the poor BECE results recorded over the years.

“The results of the Region have not been encouraging in the past few years. We are always competing with the last. If we are not always last, we are last but one, that is not good. I know you have prepared well and will change the narrative once and for all.”

Speaking to the BECE candidates in the Bolgatanga Municipality prior to the commencement of the examination, Mr Azure advised them to carefully read through the examination questions, understand and answer them appropriately.

“This year round, I expect that you are not going to compete with the last, but you will compete with the best. So take your time, read the questions well, obey all the exam instructions,” he told the candidates.

The GES Director also cautioned them that “If you cheat during the exams, you will have your results cancelled. So obey the instructions and come out the best, and we will be proud of you.”

Mr Rex Asanga, the Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) who also addressed the candidates, wished them the best of luck and said “We are expecting so much from you people.”

He encouraged the candidates to perform creditably so that they would enjoy the benefits of the Free Senior High School policy, “So try your best and don’t indulge in any examination malpractices.”

The MCE noted that the Region had performed below 50 per cent in the BECE over the years and was confident that with Government’s investment in basic education, it was their expectation that this year’s results would be good.

As early as 0600hours, some students from both public and private Junior High Schools (JHS) were at the Bolgatanga Girls Senior High School, the Bolgatanga Technical Institution and the Zamse Senior High Technical School in readiness for their first paper.

A total of 2,988 candidates comprising 1,388 males and 1,600 females from 48 public and 23 private schools are to sit for the week-long examination in the Bolgatanga Municipality.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Full list of winners of the prestigious Africa Early Childhood Education Awards 2021

The maiden edition of the prestigious Africa Early Childhood Awards (AECEA) 2021 went down in history with pomp and pageantry at the plush CIBT auditorium near Adabraka in Accra on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

The colorful ceremony which came under the theme: “Childcare & Security During & Post Covid-19 Era” witnessed some excellent, hardworking, committed and deserving preschool teachers, institutions and notable personalities recognized for their immense contributions which brought about the desired change in the early childhood education sector across Africa.

AECEA 2021 is an initiative of Transformational Empowerment and Rural Integration Africa Foundation (TERIA Foundation), an NGO and supported by hosts of organizations, institutions, and individuals including the Ministry of Education, Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI), Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), Ghana Civil Society Organizations Platform on SDGs, Livelihood Development For Human Rights Promotion (Sierra Leone), Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ghana Tourism Authority, SWEB Foundation, Hope Source Foundation, Minerva Books & Stationery, Bamimo Enterprise, Ghana Education Alliance, My Child My concern, GHANNSE, Dext Technology Limited, Citi FM &TV and Pato’s Imaj Fashion.

Check out the full list of winners under various awards categories below:

Source: Ghana Web

2021 BECE underway in Krachi East

Kparekpare (O/R)- The 2021 edition of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is underway at all designated examination centres throughout Krachi East Municipality.

Mr Sarfo Nketia, head of the examination, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the Ministry of Education has made all the necessary arrangements to ensure a smooth examination.

He assured the chief of Kparekpare, Nana Foster Atta Owusu III, he will run and conduct a peaceful smooth atmosphere to maintain the centre.

Mr Francis Kofi Okesu, Krachi East Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) wished all candidates were scheduled for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and encouraged them to work hard and come out with flying colours.

Mr Okesu expressed gratitude to everyone, especially teachers for their roles played in helping the candidates for the examination.

He said the basis of success is hard work and so all candidates, invigilators and supervisors should eschew examination malpractices during the exams.

He assured them of strict adherence to coronavirus protocols.

Source: Ghana News Agency

La Dadekotopon to award five best BECE candidates – MCE

Accra,- The Reverend Solomon Kotey-Nikoi, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of La Dadekotopon, will institute an award package to celebrate the best five Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) local candidates.

He said the Municipality had set up a Committee headed by Madam Habiba Kotomah, the Municipal Director of Education, to come out with the modalities for the award to encourage the candidates to give off their best.

“Where there is competition, people try to put in their best, the initiative is part of the Assembly’s strategies to encourage the students to give off their best for the examination,” he said.

Rev. Kotey-Nikoi gave the advice during a visit to some BECE centres in the Municipality, including Garrison Burma Camp School, La Wireless Basic School, South La, Emmaus Centre ‘A’ and ‘B’, Labone Senior High School and St Thomas Aquinas SHS.

The 2021 BECE starts on Monday, November 15, and ends on Friday, November 19, 2021, at all the designated examination centres throughout the country.

The MCE said the annual award package would encourage the subsequent year groups to learn hard and pass with distinction.

He expressed satisfaction after talking to the students, saying: “I saw on the faces of students that they are ready to give their all”.

Rev Kotey-Nikoi urged the candidates to be confident, allay any fears and read the instructions carefully before answering the questions, adding that, “understanding the questions forms part of the examinations”.

He was elated with the conduct of the candidates as well as that of the officials of the West African Examinations Council and the invigilators, for making all the needed logistics ready for the examinations.

Ms Rita Naa Adoley Sowah, the Member of Parliament for La Dadekotopon, advised the candidates to eschew all forms of examination malpractices and obey the rules of the examination.

She advised the candidates to focus on what they had studied and never engage in any discussions with their colleagues in the examination hall to avoid sanctions.

Ms Sowah presented mathematical sets and liquid soap to the BECE candidates in the Municipality.

Madam Kotomah said the teachers had done enough to prepare the students for the examination and expected them to come out with better results.

Some of the students in an interview with GNA were confident of excelling in the examination.

The Municipality presented 3, 495 candidates for the 2021 BECE.

Meanwhile, a statement from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says 571,894 candidates comprising 287,605 males and 284,289 females are writing the BECE at 2,158 centres nationwide.

A total of 531,707 and 517,332 candidates sat for the examination in 2020 and 2019, respectively.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Joseph Wemakor honored for his efforts in promoting peace, security, education in Africa

Celebrated journalist and a staunch human rights activist, Joseph Wemakor has been conferred on the covetous Honorary Award for Peace, Security & Education of the Year at the Maiden Edition of the Africa Early Childhood Education (AECEA) 2021 which came off on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at the plush CIBT auditorium near Adabraka in Accra on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

The AECEA 2021 is an initiative of the Transformational Empowerment and Rural Integration Africa Foundation (TERIA), an NGO with support of hosts of partners including the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Alliance, and the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection among others which seeks to recognize, reward and motivate outstanding preschool teachers, institutions including some notable personalities whose tenacity, hard work and commitment to work have significantly contributed to shaping the early childhood education sector in Ghana.

Joseph Wemakor who doubles as a peace ambassador, a national SDGs champion (Co-convener of Youth Platform and the SDG 3 of the Ghana CSOs Platform on SDGs), youth leader and a trained climate change proponent has been honored for his efforts which contributed immensely towards the promotion of peace, security and education in Africa.

“This citation is in honor of Joseph Kobla Wemakor, Executive Director of Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG) for your outstanding efforts which significantly contributed towards ensuring Peace and Security prevail among the Youth including the development of the Early Childhood Education Sector in Ghana.

It is with the utmost privilege that TERIA Foundation, organizers of the Africa Early Childhood Education Awards confers on you this honorary citation to motivate, inspire and urge you on to remain steadfast in your good deeds in order to become an agent of change and a beacon to many generations yet unborn, the citation complementing his honor reads.”

Mr. Wemakor, in line with his passion as a human rights activist, founded the Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), a non-governmental organization that is dedicated to protecting and ending human rights abuses in Ghana and beyond. HR brings together journalists, news editors, human rights activists, advocates, defenders, and lawyers together to advance the rights of women, girls, children, young people with disabilities, and other minority groups.

In 2019, he led the HRRG to launch a nationwide sensitization campaign on Kidnapping, Teenage Pregnancy, and Tramadol Abuse (KTT Project) as a response to the increasing incidents of kidnappings in Ghana.

The KTT campaign focused on addressing the issues of kidnapping, teenage pregnancy, and drug abuse but equally set about creating a deeper education on human rights to bring about a cultural change.

Since the rollout of the program in July 2019, the campaign team has managed to reach over 60,000 beneficiaries particularly school children, parents, and youth groups in the communities and religious settings within three regions of Ghana.
The positive feedback received from some beneficiaries a year after staging the campaign demonstrated the success of the initiative in saving lives and contributing significantly towards the advancement of the SDGs.

The gesture has won many hearts and attracted commendations towards the HRRG and its amazing team of volunteers both in and outside the borders of Ghana.

It equally paved the way for the HRRG to be nominated among ten (10) organizations across Africa that emerged as finalists for the 2020 Africans Rising Activism Award under the Movement of the Year category. Amazingly, the HRRG was the only activist group from Ghana to be chosen for this prestigious award.

Mr. Wemakor has been recognized on several platforms for his activism roles which endeared many hearts both at the local and the International level. In October 2020, he was featured in the ‘Business Woman Magazine’, a prestigious Ukrainian based glossy magazine that profiles influential men and women at the global level who have excelled in their various fields of endeavors including social issues, business, politics, governance, critical human rights issues, and diplomacy.

As a celebrated journalist, he has picked up multiple journalism awards for his dexterity and captivating news reporting with much focus on critical issues which always catch the attention of policymakers. This includes the enviable ‘Campus Clique Awards 2016’ of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (maiden edition), the Migration Media Awards 2018 (Winner) as well as the recipient of the “GIJ 60th Anniversary Media Contest” for producing an outstanding print report which sheds light on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Joseph Wemakor is equally the National Focal Person of the task force for the African Network of Young Leaders for Peace and Sustainable (ANYL4PSD) in Ghana as well as the newly elected 2nd Deputy Director of Communication for the Bureau of African Peace (BAP), a regional non-profit organization committed to the promotion of United Nations Peace Ideals.

The colorful ceremony which came under the theme: “Childcare & Security During & Post COVID-19 Era” also witnessed some excellent, hardworking, committed, and deserving preschool teachers, institutions, and notable personalities recognized for their immense contributions which brought about the desired change in the early childhood education sector across Africa.

Speaking at the event, Mad. Joyce Larnyoh, the Chair of the CSOs Platform on SDG 4 admonished the early childhood workers to be guided by the strategy of the 8 guidelines which underpin good interaction captured under emotional and comprehensive development of children in the discharge of their duties at all times.

While congratulating the winners for their efforts, she equally appealed to the preschool teachers to always endeavor to prioritize the needs of kids and be able to deal with their emotional faculty while sticking to the regulative components always to avoid causing them any discomfort.

Some other winners under various categories include Emammuella Ntow, the Educator of the year (female category), Derrick Ofori the Educator of the year (male category), Esther Delali Gbodui (Assistant of the year), Romay Christian Montessori (Early childhood centre of the year), Dorcas Daisy Doku (school head of the year), Charles Sam Crabb (personality of the year and the Great Mission International (NGO of the year).

The event was graced by hosts of dignitaries including some crème de la crème of the society, government appointees, educationists, students, and the hierarchy of the Ghana Civil Society Organization platform on SDGs, leaders from the various Civil Society Organizations, NGOs, and representatives of partnering organizations including some members of the general public.

Source: Ghana Web

GNECC wishes BECE candidates success

Accra,- The Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) has sent goodwill messages to candidates writing this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), which begins today.

A statement, signed by Joseph Atsu Homadzi, National Chairman, GNECC, copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, said “We wish all candidates well as they sit for the exam and hope earnestly that all will come out with flying colours.”

It advised the candidates to refrain from all forms of exam malpractices because they could jeopardise their future.

The Coalition applauded the relentless efforts of teachers, students, and other stakeholders within the education support value chain for the diverse contributions made to prepare the candidates for this year’s examination.

It said it was confident that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) had put in place measures necessary to make the 2021 BECE an incident free and a huge success to the delight of all.

The statement asked the students to adhere to all COVID 19 safety protocols as they went about the examination.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Let us join hands to fight examination malpractices – MCE urges stakeholders in education

Ejisu (Ash),– Stakeholders in education have been urged to join forces to fight the rising spate of examination malpractices in the country’s educational system.

Mr S. O. Frimpong, Municipal Chief Executive for Ejisu, who made the call said it was time effective measures were taken to stop frequent leakages of examination papers in the country.

Speaking during a presentation of educational materials to some Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates in the Municipality, he asked them to be disciplined and stay away from all forms of malpractices during the examination period.

He entreated the candidates to prepare well and focus on their studies, adding that the negative effects of examination malpractices were more dangerous for their future.

Mr Frimpong pointed out to them that the legacy their parents could give to them was education, and they should, therefore, not do anything that could ruin their future.

Among the items were mathematical sets, erasers, pens, pencils, nose masks and others.

Mr. Kwabena Owusu, Municipal Education Director, who received the items on behalf of the candidates, thanked the MCE for the gesture and said the items would go a long way to help the candidates to do well in the examination.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Diaspora Girls SHS hosts 302 BECE candidates

Obodan (E/R),- The Diaspora Girls’ Senior High School (SHS) at Obodan in the Akuapem South Municipality of Eastern Region played host to 302 candidates writing this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) beginning with social studies.

The candidates drawn from 12 basic schools comprised Nsaba D/A JHS, Oboadaka D/A JHS, Aburi-Amanfo D/A JHS, O’Amanfro D/A JHS, Nsakye D/A JHS, Akwakupom Methodist JHS, Obodan D/A JHS, Ahyiresu D/A JHS, MIOGA School Complex, Bright Star JHS, Enokwakyewa JHS and Theocracy JHS.

All candidates were made to leave their bags and other foreign material outside the examination hall or place them under trees far off the examination room.

Ms Tracy Amoah Idun, the Acting Head Mistress of Theocracy Junior High School, was happy that the students were prepared fully to write the examination and was confident the candidates would excel at the end of the examination and pursue their chosen career goals.

About 571, 894 candidates are writing the 2021 BECE from beginning Monday, November 15 to Friday, November 19 in 2,158 centres countrywide.

Source: Ghana News Agency