By:brightwebtv.com/nana asare barimah
The 2019 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) today Monday, 10 June, 2019, across the country with students expresses optimism about obtaining good grades.
The students who wrote their first two papers, English language and Religious and Moral Education (RME), were excited as they described the exams as ‘’normal’’ class exercise or homework and were surprised all questions given to them were simple as well as easy to understand and answer.
According to them, based on speculations that BECE is tough, they went in nervous but relaxed after seeing the exams questions.
In Ashanti Region, a total of 104, 461, made up of 52,945 males and 51, 516 females are writing this year’s BECE, and were affected by a heavy rainstorm that hit the region on Monday morning to evening.
According to our reporters, candidates battled their way to get to examination centers such as Opoku Ware School, Asanteman Senior High Scool, Yaa Asantewaa Girls and many others within the metropolis.
Otec News’ reporters explained that “because of the downpour which started earlier as 4:00 am this morning, commercial drivers are not doing business and candidates have to compete with other workers for transportation to their destinations”.
According to Otec News reporters Boateng Grace Gifty and Emmanuella Dufie, a total of 809 candidates, comprising of 389 males and 420 females from 10 public schools sat for the two papers at the Serwaa Nyarko SHS.
At Osei Kyeretwie SHS at Tafo, reporters, Mabel Fosu and Oppong Agyarko, said there were no absenteeism as 1,700 candidates took part of the exams
Reporting from Kumasi Academy, Isaac Nisah Foster and Nadia Fremah Acheampong said 208 candidates from 12 public Junior High Schools took part, with 8 candidates absents.
The situation was not different at Kumasi Anglican SHS where Evans Aboagye visited said 954 candidates registered for the exams but 16 were absent.
When we got to State Boys M/A, a total 273 out 274 sat for the exams.
According to our correspondents, Priscilla Adu Agyamfi and Emmanuel Assiamah reported that the centre recorded about 10 minutes delay due late arrival of the examination papers.
517,332 Junior High School students from 16,871 schools are writing the exams countrywide with 263,616 males and 153,716 females.
A regional breakdown of the candidates shows that the Ashanti Region has the highest number of 104, 461, made up of 52,945 males and 51, 516 females, followed by the Greater Accra Region with 90,584 of which 43,273 are males.
A total of 55,535 constituting 28,212 males and 27,323 are writing the exams in the Central Region while the erstwhile Western Region is presenting 52,806 candidates, comprising 27,619 males and 23,508 females.
The former Brong-Ahafo has 49,127 candidates including 26,619 males. The Eastern and Northern regions have 47,964 including 24,883 males and 43,960 including 23,900 males, respectively.
Upper West Region has the least number of 13,109 candidates (6,725 males and 6,384 females), the Upper East has 22,001(including 10,812 males), while the Volta Region has 37,785 of which 19,978 are males.
Meanwhile, the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has banned the use of cellular devices by supervisors during the exams.
In addition, no supervisor or invigilator is allowed, under any circumstance, to supervise candidates from schools they are affiliated to.