No JHS One or Two student should be registered to write BECE – GES warns

File photo. Some BECE candidates writing their exams

No Form One or Two student in any Junior High School (JHS) should be registered as a candidate to write Ghana’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), the Ghana Education Service (GES) has directed.

A directive from the GES to heads of heads of all basic schools in the country dated October 23, 2017 stated, “Registration of candidates for the BECE for school candidates is strictly for students in JHS Form Three only”.

It has thus warned head of both public and private basic schools to cease forthwith, the practice of registering students who have not gone through Form Three, to write the examination.

Over the years, a number of students in Form One and Two at the JHS level who are considered brilliant, have through the consent of their parents, been registered by their schools to write the BECE.

But the directive signed by the acting Director General of the GES, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa said, “Students in JHS Form One and Two are ineligible to register and write the BECE”.

The new directive comes on the back of the recent story of a 13-year-old student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa, who sat for the BECE at the age of nine while in JHS One at Justice International School in Kumasi.

It said candidates who wish to re-sit the exams should register as private candidates because they “are not qualified to register with the regular candidates”.

The GES also warned headteachers against registering students from other schools to write the BECE in the name of their schools without the proper transfer documents.

Again, it said Information and Communication Technology and French are only optional subjects to schools not candidates.

The GES has consequently asked directors of education at the regional, metro, municipal and levels to ensure that heads of basic schools strictly comply with the directives, warning “Any headteacher found to have gone contrary to the directives will be severely sanctioned by management”.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah||Ghana

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  1. Is that the only problem confronting GES? They should give us a break. What effect does someone writing BECE earlier than JHS3 have on the economy. Some of us wrote Common Entrance from primary 6.

  2. What is wrong with a 13year old going to the university? Please we are in the 21st century, let us think progressively. I expect GES to make provision for genius, not stifle them.

  3. GES I think you doing have anything better to say to the public. What is wrong for a brilliant JHS 1or 2 writing BECE EXAMS.

  4. 3ny3 de3 3hia nie. If the student is not brilliant, what stops him.or her from writing BECE? What of students who has gone through the system to jhs 3 but still fail. Give us a break prof. Should this 13 year old girl go through university successfully and gets to the international front, you will see how we will be applauding her and taking the honor. Africans, let’s do away with this hypocrisy and focus on building a better Ghana for generations to come. Had it been you child who made this history, would you have come out with such a statement or directives? Aho)yaa ny3 wai. GOD BLESS GHANA and KILL ALL WICKED LEADERS.

  5. I believe GES is behind time when it comes to the knowledge of admission of smart kids into a university .Currently,there’s a boy in the USA who was admitted to Cornell University at age 12 last year. Oxford university has a history of a boy who entered at 12 to read law.Also,there’s a 14-year old boy in his final year reading physics at Christian University in Texas, USA. The list goes on. These are the countries which are developed, and we in the poor countries try to imitate them in everything,even including their educational system. GES must revise its notes and instead of ruling that intelligent children must be restricted from going to the university they should build in
    institutions to accommodate such crop of students. Has GES considered the fact that the generations of students, during the colonial days
    and those after independence ,went to school and got the university at an advanced age and yet many, if not most of them, were corrupt and non-productive.This trend has continued till now. Those who were leaders provided poor leadership, characterized by greed,selfishness, foolish bilateral trade agreements,lack of vision ,and stealing directly or indirectly what belongs to the masses.
    GES, isn’t it time to change our ineffective system which has bred some foolish and corrupt technocrats, politicians and leaders who have led the country down and as a result of which we are woefully behind development. It’s shameful !
    Let’s give the intelligent children the opportunity to enter the university for they may be able to change our unfortunate situation for us.

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